At some point you have to wonder whether some of these Republicans have never had the misfortune of seeing a loved one suffer the medical and financial horror of dealing with many forms of cancer. Or, of course, there is a possibility they have a heart about 10 sizes too small, or perhaps they are pod people. I don’t know, but Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) would qualify as an example (Think Progress):
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) told ThinkProgress that there “shouldn’t” be a law requiring businesses to cover employees who have cancer because that would “create an obligation” for others. “When you create a right for somebody,” Johnson said, “you create an obligation for somebody else, and then you’re taking away that person’s right.”
KEYES: I know Richard Murdock had said even though businesses should give people, for instance, with cancer, health coverage, they shouldn’t be legally required by the federal government.
JOHNSON: They shouldn’t. Listen, our rights are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And when we start expanding beyond that realm, when you create a right for somebody, you create an obligation for somebody else, and then you’re taking away that person’s right. And that maybe doesn’t seem all that great, but it’s just true. Our nation was based on the foundation of freedom and limited government.
Using this rationale for “employer rights” in this case could have been used to say slaveowner “rights” were being violated by telling them they could no longer own human beings in order to profit from their free labor. After all, they were “pursuing happiness” under “limited government.”