Dr. Oz Says Uninsured Americans Have No 'Right To Health' In Resurfaced Clip
"They don't have the right to health, but they have a right to access — a chance to get that health," Dr. Oz can be heard saying in the resurfaced clip.
September 08, 2022 at 6:05 pm
A 2013 clip has resurfaced of Dr. Mehmet Oz while he was on the campaign trail as a Pennsylvania Republican Senate candidate.
Oz, now the Republican nominee for Senate in Pennsylvania, spoke at the National Governors Association on the topic of “personal and governmental responsibility.” He explained his belief that “health” is only a right for those who can afford insurance.
Oz spoke about the balance between personal and state responsibility for health. He urged governors to prioritize health in their states, warning against obesity, a sedentary lifestyle and smoking.
During the speech, Oz attempted to pitch governors on a concept where local providers would host inexpensive 15-minute screenings “in a festival-like setting.” These outdoor screenings would suffice for people who did not have insurance.
Oz added the screenings would be inexpensive and efficient for participating hospitals and the state. He added that he held similar events in the past, and that many people who took advantage of the service had jobs but not health care coverage.
Oz’s reasoning behind his pitch was eyebrow raising to say the least.
“Give them a way of crawling back out of the abyss, of darkness, of fear, over not having the health they need, and give them an opportunity,” he said in the clip. “They don’t have the right to health, but they have a right to access — a chance to get that health.”