Nothing says American exceptionalism like people dying on the floors of our hospitals. As a nation, we invented the first powered aircraft, fought and won two world wars, defeated Polio and built the wealthiest society in world history.

But providing health insurance to all our citizens? Screw that!

Remember health insurance equals healthcare. Having a health plan that allows people to see a doctor before things get really bad is the essence of healthcare. Because let’s face it, when things go really bad, we all have access to healthcare at place called the emergency room.

That’s where care is provided whether you can pay for it or not. In other words, the hospital doesn’t let you die on the floor.

For most of us, that’s a good thing.

But not all conservatives agree. In fact, some enthusiastically support letting uninsured people die, as demonstrated by this infamous audience reaction in the 2012 tea party debate on CNN.

Cheering for fellow Americans to be left for dead isn’t far from the opinion of Rep. Brent Crane (R-Nampa) who last week said health insurance was a privilege, not a right.

To translate: healthcare is for the privileged.

Maybe we should all work harder at becoming the vice president of our daddy’s company.

Conservatives in general have trouble articulating anything about healthcare except not everybody should have it, especially the working poor.

These are the same people who believe it’s an inalienable American right to haul loaded guns into schools and churches as a way to save lives from gun-toting maniacs. But when it comes to actually saving lives, the attitude is: “Let the poor die on the floor.”

In fact, the notion that healthcare isn’t a human right is more than the ramblings of an over-privileged white guy, it’s the mantra of the tea party. For some reason, tea partiers have decided that rights are only things that can’t be taken from you, not given to you. Healthcare is given to you; therefore, it isn’t a right. So piss off and die!

Losing your life because you can’t afford quality healthcare apparently doesn’t count as a right being taken away. It’s just one less “taker,” I suppose.

What’s more, Crane and his father (who is the State Treasure) are provided access to state health plan that is funded by state taxpayers. It’s the same health insurance provided to every single state worker.

In other words, the State of Idaho is saying, through it’s employee policies, that healthcare is a right.