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Should full healthcare be a priviledge of someone with a good job? or should it be a basic human right for all

Americans, universal healthcare. Why should a rich person's life have more value then a poor person's life when it comes to receiving healthcare treatments, operations, surgeries, transplants, chemo, drugs, etc? The problem in America is that the healthcare system is set up as a for profit industry, which is controlled by the HMO's, the insurance companies and the pharma companies. As soon as we can eliminate profit, then we can give all Americans healthcare, you agree?

Asked By: Barrett34 - 4/9/2008
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A universal right for all... More
Answered By: Captain Starkiller - 4/10/2008
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A rich persons life is better because they have the get up and go. A poor person should stop complaining and get rich.
Answered By: ihatelilac - 4/9/2008
 
No, I do not agree. Universal healthcare would be a big mistake. Making healthcare more affordable is the route that should be taken.
Answered By: Kalissa - 4/9/2008
 
First, do some research on what 'human rights' really are. Second, if the healthcare system was 'set up' as a for profit industry, the bad practices would automatically go out of business instead of being constantly propped up with medicare cash.
Answered By: Pancakes - 4/9/2008
 
You are 100% right. Health care is a RIGHT, not a privilege.
Answered By: EclecticNuance - 4/9/2008
 
Eliminate profit, and nobody's going to provide all that care. You can't force anyone to be a doctor or nurse or technician, or to do research and find cures or treatments, or to manufacture the drugs, or to run the hospitals...
Answered By: schazjmd - 4/9/2008
 
Health care is a limited commodity, to be bought and sold.
Answered By: stung4ever - 4/9/2008
 
It should be a basic Human RIGHT I have insurance good insurance but I lived in Germany and everyone there gets the same health care they never have to choose between health or dinner on the table our system is set up to make the rich richer... More
Answered By: jay c - 4/9/2008
 
The government health care system is just about like the welfare system. Abe Lincoln said America can't afford a welfare system and never will. And it doesn't take much to see how it has raised taxes. And it's not really a question of can you afford it,the question is can it afford you.
Answered By: Roger S - 4/9/2008
 
Rights derive from the Constitution and there is nothing in the Constitution that would support healthcare as a right. I think you mean you would like to create a legislated entitlement for you to have healthcare at someone else's expense.
Answered By: SDD - 4/9/2008
 
should be for everyone! why shouldn't everyone get the chance to be healthy??
Answered By: Paige - 4/9/2008
 
Do you have a RIGHT to a house? Do you have a RIGHT to clothes? Do you have a RIGHT to a car? Do you have a RIGHT to a toothbrush?? etc... More
Answered By: Short3Gears - 4/9/2008
 
Let free market capitalism have a go at this. "No employer, no insurance company, no politician or government bureaucrat knows better than you about your family's health needs. You should have the right to purchase health care and health insurance as you see fit, without governmental restrictions or penalties, and you... More
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Answered By: Capitalist Baron - 4/9/2008
 
Ok, and just what kind of care will we have when brilliant Doctors no longer are enticed when the economic incentive is stripped away. I do not agree, sorry. And if you are out there working your behind off, you deserve the luxuries that you have earned.
Answered By: rack em up - 4/9/2008
 
How is it a human right? If it was then ALL countries would do it and not try to force it on people. Do I think people show have health care that they can afford? A big YES to that. I do not believe in socialism and that is what we were told that we need in order to have health care in this country!
Answered By: fatboysdaddy - 4/9/2008
 
Why does society even exist? Is it to make life and the world a better place for all, or just to provide a labor force for the wealthy? This seems to be the major schools of thought when the arguments are broken down. Does anyone think that retarded or handicapped people shouldn't get free healthcare? Why can't... More
Answered By: kinder12u - 4/9/2008
 
For a Person that HAS A JOB !!!! ... ANY JOB... More
Answered By: Troll Hunter Too - 4/9/2008
 
No, sorry I like the idea; however it 1- makes all of us dependent on our Government, 2- rewards or actually encourages laziness, and 3- puts the burden of delivering it or paying for it only on those who are willing to work. I do agree with the who it is controlled by part.
Answered By: BK - 4/9/2008
 
You said, "As soon as we can eliminate profit..." Good lord you are insane. Go to North Korea, China, or Cuba...they are the Socialist utopias that left-wing people like you are looking for. Eliminate profit...and you will have NO MORE pharmaceutical research and NO MORE doctors. Brilliant!
Answered By: GarrettS - 4/9/2008
 
I do not think it necesarily should be either... More
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Answered By: Sageandscholar - 4/9/2008
 
Universal Healthcare is paid for by income taxes or gas taxes like in Europe. Do you want over 50 per cent of your check to go to income taxes, or pay 7 dollars a gallon for gas. Sorry to rain in your beautiful world but just a little reality to end your evening.
Answered By: electra_glide_069 - 4/9/2008
 
I think ,like most people ,that the insurance and the drug companies benefit most from our health system . I think every child should have all the opportunities the seniors have , and should not be ignored because of the fact that they can't vote. Thinking about it , in a good Christian or any other compassionate way... More
Answered By: majdilou - 4/9/2008
 
Eliminate profit and you eliminate motivation. Equal shares for all means equal shares for those who work and those who shirk, those who save and those who squander, and no rewards for the industrious, the creative, or the innovative. To this add the fact that medical care requires expended resources and someone has... More
Answered By: rich k - 4/9/2008
 
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