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Should healthcare be a right?

One of the most surreal details from the accounts of those who have been infected and treated for coronavirus is that they are being hit with hefty bills after their treatment. The onset of COVID-19 is showing the cracks in the American healthcare system. The logic is pretty basic—if someone gets sick but has a high-deductible or no insurance, they are disincentivized to seek treatment entirely. In this situation, American citizens are literally unable to afford to live. The knock-on effect of this is that Americans are more likely to continue working while sick, either to help pay for their treatment or just simply to keep their heads above the water. Some think there is a simple solution to this—healthcare should become something that every American has a right to access. People should not die because they don't have money. On the other hand, some say universal healthcare is unrealistic and unaffordable. What do you think?

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If we want to stop coronavirus, it begins with creating a more just and equitable society. The virus does not discriminate among wealth, creed, race or religion. Every person needs access to healthcare and a strong safety net—otherwise, things may get ugly, quickly. It is within our power to stop coronavirus. To do so would take bold and innovative solutions—one of them being implementing a universal system of healthcare. 

Americans who work poor or with little benefits are also the same people who power our economy. They work at restaurants, run hotels, drive us around, deliver our food and staff our grocery stores. They are the people who pundits call "consumers," they are the people who we interact with every day. They are our neighbors.

Now imagine if they got sick, and they couldn't afford to get treated, or even to get tested. They couldn't afford to take time off from work. That is a recipe for disaster when we're facing a contagious and deadly virus like COVID-19. 

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The argument against universal healthcare is that it would be too expensive and would lead to a reduction in the quality of our health care. Government-run programs tend to be inefficient, poorly run and are subject to the political whims of our elected officials. Here, The Heritage Foundation, a right-wing think tank argue universal health care would leave Americans worse off. 

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