Should there be a Universal Health Care Program?
People are asking themselves if it is even a viable option to
have something like the ACA when a country is already
struggling in debt. The major question here is whether health
care is a privilege or a right.
What are rights?
Rights have a very different definition depending on where you
get them from for instance. Paul Ryan stated that they are
from nature and God and not from government. A right for
others is a principle that people should be free to have. Rights
don’t inhibit ones freedoms but actually emphasize them.
What is a privilege?
This differs greatly from a right because it is more for just a specific group of people. Ultimately it is an
advantage or special right granted to some individuals.
The difference in these two words highlights a major argument going on in government today. Should
the rights of one individual infringe on the freedoms of another?
For instance should a company be forced to pay health insurance for a particular employee just because
that employee works a certain amount of hours? Not only does this limit the amount of hours that
employers can work employees it also strains their budget for any one they do have to pay insurance
The issue could be that while treating affordable
health insurance as we do car insurance, meaning
that we require all citizens to have it, that we lose
some of our inherent freedoms. And unlike car
insurance there shouldn’t be risk placed on other
individuals so that makes that argument less valid.
The arguing side states that everyone should have
access to life and good health care as Americans.
So for those who take the position of health care
being a “right”, there is the idea that Americans
should be able to live with the ability to visit a doctor without worrying about their future finances.
They should be able to choose an affordable healthcare program that suits them.
There are hundreds of thousands of people without healthcare who will ultimately have less life due to
the fact that they don’t have access to the same healthcare as others. This ultimately affects their
ability to choose and pursue happiness. As is stated in the Constitution every American should be able
to pursue happiness. So how do we enable people on their journey? Right now the system in place
makes it so there are people that do slip through the cracks.
Right now as private industry has proven exploitative and unhelpful in addressing the needs of
Americans, America needs to turn to another system in order to protect the masses. Protection and
security are rights and should be established for every American. That being said it may take time to
come up with a solution that gives rights to the citizens while not destroying the business sector. This
has proven to be the most difficult part for congressmen as they nail out the details with the ACA.
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