Josh Blackman tweets a link to a post he wrote on how the debate between positive and negative rights has played out in the debate over Obamacare:
Halbig and Two Conceptions of Liberty: At its core, the debate in NFIB v. Sebelius and the individual mandate ... http://t.co/MZHqQrjUz9— Josh Blackman (@JoshMBlackman) September 2, 2014
Apropos of which, many years ago I wrote a column on Ronald Reagan and the case for a negative conception of liberty:
... positive rights cannot be achieved without limiting the liberty of individuals. During the Cold War, for example, totalitarian regimes justified their (egregiously bad) humans rights records by stressing how they achieved positive rights the West left to the vagaries of the market place. Yet, they did so through totalitarian regimes characterized by central planning that proscribed both freedom of contract and private property.
Kindly go read the whole thing.