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Do you think that health care should be human right or a privilege? why with some example to illustrate your answer.

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I think there has to be a way for us to provide universal health care without forcing Americans to pay insurance companies. Americans don't want the government involved in their health care, but it doesn't seem right to require them to pay outrageous prices to already bloated HMOs.

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I do believe access to health care is a privilege which America has chosen to bestow on all its citizens--no one, even illegal aliens, is to be denied care in our nation's hospitals. I have a problem with the idea that some have to pay for all and the mandate that everyone must purchase health insurance under the current plan.  If all were privatized, as mentioned above, then my position might change.  As it is, we've become a state in which many people who are perfectly capable of providing for their own health care needs have abdicated that responsibility and are relying on others to pay for something they should be taking care of themselves. 

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I do not think it should be a right or a privilege.

I think healthcare should be privatized, available at affordable prices, and REQUIRED FOR ALL CITIZENS.

I also think (from a business perspective) that the rates should be far lower for non-smokers and people who remain within a healthy body mass index (not overweight).

Possibly, because the fast food industry can largely be blamed for the obesity epidemic in our country, McDonald's could start offering health care on their super-value-menu.

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I agree with poster #2 on many points. Certainly on the issue of cosmetic surgery, unless it's to correct a previous injury or deformity. Also, it would be difficult to separate those who "don't want to work" from those who can't. If one cannot work, I feel he/she should have the right to health care. Additionally, I feel that considering it a privilege merely encodes it as a specifically class privilege: those who can afford it are the ones who have it. Why should someone have access to health care simply because he/she makes more than someone else? How can we justify healthy living as a privilege of the wealthy?

All Americans should have a right to health care because the Declaration of Independence states that all men have the unalienable right to "Life." Most people would agree that one needs health in order to achieve that (although some may argue that living an unhealthy life still allows that entitlement). Also, the United...

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