How can a citizen enjoy the constitutionally guaranteed right to life and liberty if they are sick or disabled? How can Americans pursue happiness if they cannot afford basic medical care for their children, their elderly parents or themselves? Martin Luther King Jr., Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and the United Nations all agree—healthcare is a human right. Denying it on the basis of poverty is inhumane.
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.