Where can I find articles on health care rights vs. privileges?Where can I find articles on health care rights vs. privileges?

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marbar57 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I read through several articles about health care and there were differing opinions about whether it's our right or our privilege.

Senator Bernie Sanders seems to feel that all Americans SHOULD have health insurance and that it would bring the cost of medical care down if we did. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rep-bernie-sanders/health-care-is-a-right-no_b_212770.html) I disagree! Another author, Dr. David Liu thinks health care is a right. (http://getbetterhealth.com/is-healthcare-a-right-or-a-privilege/2010.03.31) I totally agree with him! Another author, Roman Smart at Utah Valley University, feels health care is a privilege. (http://www.americanism.org/romansmartessay.pdf) And, he makes a lot of sense, too!

I personally feel I should have the right to establish and maintain my health (and that of my family, too) through proper diet, exercise, and good hygiene (Preventive Care). Then, should I/we get sick or injured, I/we have the privilege of using our health care system to get the help or relief I/we need. But, I/we shouldn't feel pressured to use it if I/we don't want to. And, as a spouse and parent, there will be times when I have to act in the best interests of someone who is either physically incapacitated or who is too young/inexperienced to act for themselves (my children). That's my right AND privilege! As far as health insurance goes, I think every American should be able to choose whether or not to have it. It should not be mandatory!

I feel quite strongly about the issue of health care reform. But, you are entitled to form your own opinion with the facts given.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
Right now, this is very controversial. Some people believe that health care is a right. You can go into an emergency room or free clinic without medical insurance. Whether or not we should have national health care or national health insurance is a hot button issue. Here are some sources. http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/736705 and http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rep-bernie-sanders/health-care-is-a-right-no_b_212770.html