Is health care a human right?
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Is health care a human right?

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The Trump administration says it won't defend key provisions of the Affordable Care Act in court—such as protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions. Republicans have long tried to gut Obamacare, arguing it's an individual's responsibility to take care of his or her health and plan accordingly. But critics say health care is a fundamental human right and our collective responsibility. No one should die or go bankrupt because they can't afford health care. What do you think? 💉

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The Trump administration is taking new aim at the Affordable Care Act, arguing protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions are unconstitutional. 

The Trump administration’s contempt for Obamacare is no secret. And although the president and his supporters have sometimes said they believe in protections for people with pre-existing conditions, they have repeatedly taken action ― like trying to pass repeal legislation or rolling back the Affordable Care Act’s regulations on what plans must cover ― that seek to undermine or obliterate those protections entirely.

Health care advocates argue quality health care should be viewed as a fundamental human right, not a privilege for only those who can afford it. 

The debate over health care as a right guaranteed by the U.S. government that each individual deserves, versus a privilege only for those who can afford it, generates politically charged questions about the role of government in American life. Such a right could be implemented in a number of ways: a government program, such as a federal single-payer system or federally owned health-care system like the Department of Veterans Affairs; government provision of private health care; or through a requirement for employment-provided coverage.

We live in one of the wealthiest countries in the world, yet we don't guarantee our citizens health care. The Affordable Care Act was a step in the right direction, but Republicans are doing everything in their power to dismantle it. 

Going back to a time when people were denied insurance due to pre-existing conditions is not where we should be headed as a country. If President Trump really wants to "Make America Great Again" he should make sure Americans retain access to health care.

But not everyone is convinced health care is a "right." Sure Americans have a "right" to pursue life, liberty and happiness, but that does not mean the U.S. government has to provide those things. Same with health care. Sure, Americans have a right to access quality care, but the government is not required to pay for everyone. Individuals have to make personal decisions about their own health, not rely on the government to do it for them.

But just because our rights are secured by government, it does not follow that they must be provided by government. This means that while it is correct to suggest that people have a right to food, it is incorrect to say that the state must provide it. Indeed, flowing from our rights to liberty and life, we have the right to keep the fruits of our labor, through which the marketplace has proved superior in providing access to food, as failed communist states have made clear. This brings us to the heart of what is wrong with declaring health care—ex nihilo—a human right.

Health care is an issue of personal responsibility and choice. Insisting the government provide all of its citizens unlimited access to health care is a bad idea.

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