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Subject:  Re: Is health care a right? Date:  10/13/2010  4:28 PM
Author:  wburble Number:  533884 of 875607

"Another way of looking at it is to examine the kind of free health care that incarcerated felons get. That's government provided health care, provided as of legally determined right to it (pursuant to various court cases). It seems to me that the general populace who cannot afford their own health care has a reasonable argument that the government should provide it to them at at least the level that convicts get while in jail."

Why stop there with that line of reasoning? Why not free room and board? Free meals? Free clothes?

My point is, that apparently there have been legal cases and so forth determining that convicted felons have certain minimal rights to things such as medical care. It seems to me there is a logical argument of some kind that can be made, that people who are not convicted felons are entitled to at least the same level of care. I'm not actually making such an argument, I'm just speculating that it probably can be made.

As far as free meals and free clothes, convicts get that too. So, there's an argument to be made that society has an obligation to provide a minimal level of food and clothing to poor folk. Which in fact it already does of course.
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