• We Need More Doctors

    I believe access to health-care is a basic human right. This was not an issue when people lived in their communities and all provided towards it. When there was few the doctors of the time clearly took care of their patients without regard to payment, they were just providing their service to the community they lived in. Fast forward to now and money drives everything and no one cares about anyone else. I do believe health care is a basic human right and everyone deserves it.

  • It should be

    Nobody should be denied access to healthcare that we factually know will be helpful for them because they don't have enough money to pay for it. Healthcare in the U.S. is an absolute disaster and it is focused on gouging people for everything they are worth, not the basic idea of helping people that need it.

  • Equal access to healthcare is a basic human right.

    The United States is built upon the idea that all men are created equal. This principle entitles everyone in the United States to be equally entitled to basic healthcare. To make the ability to survive something that is available to only some people is to detract from the idea of equality.

  • The right to health is intrinsic.

    I believe that the right to health care is a basic human right in any country that prides itself on being "civilized". What is more important than the health of a countries residents, for the long term prosperity of that country? I believe that anybody should have access to health care.

  • Healthcare A Basic Human Right

    Without a doubt, citizens of developed countries should get healthcare no matter their financial situation. Healthcare is a basic human right more often than not, and costs should not prevent someone from acquiring the care they need to survive. It's always better when people pay into the system, too, though.

  • Healthcare is not a right, and I'm going to prove it.

    I'm going to show why healthcare cannot be a right using a very simple argument. Only two basic premises need be accepted:

    1) One basic human right is the right not to be compelled to action against one's will. Infringement of this right constitutes slavery.
    2) There can be no right wherein the existence of such a right is an infringement upon another right. If two rights seem to contradict, only one of them can be a true basic right.

    Is healthcare a basic right?

    Keeping in mind the two basic premises above, consider this scenario: A deadly, highly contagious disease sweeps the population. A large proportion of the healthcare workforce drops out for fear of exposure, and so many victims go untreated. If you believe that healthcare is a right, then this situation constitutes an infringement of that right. In order to stop this infringement, the healthcare workforce would need to be compelled to continue to work and to treat these patients.

    We've come upon a situation that violates the second premise. There can be no right (the right to healthcare) wherein the existence of such a right is an infringement upon another right (the right to be free from compulsion). If two rights seem to contradict, only one of them can be a true basic right. In order to have healthcare as a basic right, we lose the right to be free from slavery.

    If you still believe that healthcare is a basic right, consider this: What happens to the last person alive on earth? Does he still have a right to healthcare? Who will provide it?

    What about a right to be free from compulsion? Does he still have this right?
    Yes. There is no one left to compel him to do anything. True rights are those that exist independent of outside facilitation. The actions of others can infringe upon them, but their inaction cannot. If inaction on the part of others would constitute an infringement, then no true right can exist.

    By now I'm sure you're wondering how I can be so heartless. Shouldn't all people have access to reasonable levels of healthcare? Yes. They should. We should ensure they have access because our society is better for it. We should ensure access because there but for the grace of God go us. We should ensure it because it's the right thing to do. But we should not ensure it because it's a right.

    Why does it matter? Because healthcare is conditional, while basic rights are not. Basic rights require only that you leave me alone. If we accept healthcare as a right and then find that we can't fulfill that right, then we erode the very idea of rights. This is not a moral or ethical argument. This is strictly about logic and the danger of muddy language.

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