A confidential memo from the United Nations, sent shortly after Trump moved into the White House, made an “urgent appeal” to the Trump administration that a repeal of Obamacare could violate international law. Oh yeah, and it would also be racist as well. Unfortunately, this is not hyperbole.
The letter was written by Dainius Puras whose official title is:
“Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health”
Unfortunately, that also is not hyperbole…that is his real, official title as signed on the letter below.
Apparently the letter was originated after Puras received some “information”, undoubtedly from the Obama administration, suggesting that a repeal of Obamacare would leave 30 million people without any access to healthcare and doomed to a sudden, painful death.
“I would like to bring to the attention of your Government information I have received concerning the possibility to repeal core elements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with negative impacts on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standards of physical and mental health in the United States, in particular those with moderate or low income and in situations of poverty or social exclusion.”
“Recent reports have assessed the negative impact that this reform may have on the right to health of almost 30 million people in the U.S.”
“In this context, I would like to draw the attention of your Government to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The UDHR has become a source and expression of international customary law and all States, including the United States of America, are obliged to protect and guarantee the rights enshrined therein.”
Why do we suddenly feel like Brandt in regards to Puras’ revelation of “certain information, man.”
Then, just when you think Puras’ letter couldn’t get any more ridiculous, you get to the part where he suggests that anything short of universal, taxpayer-funded healthcare is just racist.
“In this connection, I would like to refer your Government to article 5 (e) of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Form of Racial Discrimination, ratified by the United States of America in 1994. Under this article, States parties undertake to guarantee the right of everyone to a number of economic, social and cultural right, without distinction as to race, colour, or national ethnic origin.”
Of course, taking the most loose interpretation of the guidelines above, as we’re sure Puras does, we would speculate that roughly 100% of the countries in the world are in violation of “international law.”
And don’t even get us started on the irony of this letter in light of the fact that the UN, in it’s infinite wisdom, has just appointed Saudi Arabia to the “UN Women’s Commission.” As one person noted, “electing Saudi Arabia to protect women’s rights is like making an arsonist into the town fire chief.”
Finally, while we would never argue “international law” with Puras, as he’s clearly an expert in the irrelevant, we would offer the following observation from the U.S. Declaration of Independence.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
You see, Mr. Puras, in the United States we don’t “guarantee” people free shit, we simply guarantee them the right to “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”…notice, we don’t “guarantee” everyone “Happiness” or healthcare or a free Ferrari on their 18th birthday…what we do guarantee is a stable environment where all people can “pursue” those things on their own if they so choose.
Here is the full letter for your entertainment: