Is health care a human right? | The Tylt
Do people have a right to medical care? Social justice advocates are opposing the Graham-Cassidy bill, and argue it would deny poor Americans and people with pre-existing conditions basic health care needs. Others say health care is a service, and paying for it a matter of personal responsibility. Taxpayers should not be forced to shoulder the burden of other people's medical costs. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are rights...not doctors' visits. What do you think? 🏥
Is health care a human right?
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was talking about the right to health care decades ago.
Opponents of Graham Cassidy, the GOP's replacement plan for Obamacare, say the new bill will gut access to health care for tens of millions of Americans.
But many conservatives and libertarians think the idea of health care as a human right contradicts basic truths about free markets, government incompetence, and the rights of the individual. From FreedomWorks.org:
People can complain about the alleged unfairness of reality, but the fact is that health care will always be a scarce good. No laws can change that fact... Health care is a valuable good that would be better left to the free market.
Get the Federal Govt out of the healthcare market! There is no Right to healthcare in our Constitution!— EBitt24 (@EBitt24) September 22, 2017
Others say it's unfair to compel them to pay for the health care of other people—Americans need to take care of themselves and their own families.
And just why should I pay higher rates to support other people's families— Rjw (@RjwMcso19) September 25, 2017
Trump adviser Moore on unfairness of the healthy subsidizing the sick: "people want insurance for their own families, not other peoples' "— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) September 19, 2017
But many argue that health insurance is not like car or property insurance: everyone eventually gets sick. We have to join every other industrialized nation on the planet in making sure everyone has access to a doctor, regardless of their income.
Universal health care advocates argue that denying people insurance or charging them unaffordable premiums because of their health is discrimination. We can't allow it.
At The Federalist, David Weinberger argues that no one has a right to health care.
"If health care is a right, doctors are slaves."