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Subject:  Re: Is health care a right? Date:  10/9/2010  8:30 PM
Author:  JDCRex Number:  533407 of 748826

Whether or not it is a right is not really important.

The salient points are:-

- Disease is basically an inevitability as someone ages. Even if you can make it through your 20s, 30s, 40s and maybe 50s without ever seeing a doctor, your chances of that continuing forever are slim to nothing. You don't have to drive a car, you don't have to use a public library, but while your heart is still beating you need to breathe oxygen and process food. Unless you don't rule out suicide, they're not entirely voluntary activities. To keep doing both of them in a reasonable manner sometimes the intervention of a doctor is required.

- In the US, the costs of medical care are heavily juiced. Therefore, those without cover are sometimes faced with often ruinous choices when they do become sick. Far more commonly than in other OECD nations. Even comfortably middle-class people can be shattered financially by lack of coverage (sometimes due to factors outside of their control). This has a major impact on the economy for a whole variety of reasons.

- The indigent sick (although not all of them) will eventually get treated - late and very expensively.

So, rather than ask if it's a right - ask "is it sensible"? See above to help inform the answer.
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