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IN CLASS ARTICLE "Healthcare a Right or a Privilege?"

World Journalism Prep teacher suggests this article from the Heritage Foundation.

16 comments:

Mr Tesler said...

WB:

Interesting spin on the argument, from a Constitutional perspective.

http://blog.heritage.org/2009/08/20/is-national-health-insurance-constitutional/

Here's something else to think about. Think about how the 14th Amendment was applied to Brown vs. Board. Can the same argument be made; that based on one's ability to obtain insurance, is healthcare in this country inherently unequal?

KendraD said...

Healthcare is insurance, a policy that guarantees you aid in your time of need. Growing up I always heard teachers and my parents say”I came to America for a better opportunity “, “A better life”, and”A safe place to live”. Every time I think of whether healthcare should be provided to everyone those sayings come to mind. I don’t think about the person who wants better healthcare or the person who has money but choose not to get healthcare, I think about those who can’t feed themselves, who don’t have a place to stay. America doesn’t only consist of wealthy white collar tied individuals. What makes America; America is our different social classes. One of the role of the government is to make sure citizens are healthy , and if that means making healthcare mandatory , so be it!

Elizabeth P said...

I think health care is a privilage because its not written in the bill of rights that we have to get it. Unless its in there, health care isn't a right that we have to abide by. If people don't want to pay money for health care so be it. No one could force anybody to buy something they don't want. If we make health care a right, how are we going to make sure people buy it? If someone refuses to buy it, what will the punishment be? If those answers can't be answered then health care is a priviliage. A privilage that we should choose how we want to live our lives. Everyone in the world isn't going to have enough money and certainly not at the rate were going with the economy.

adetayo O. said...

Although some people may like to think health care is a right, in reality it's a really nice privilege. No where in the Bill Of Rights or US Constitution does it state anything about health care for all. It would be wonderful if everyone had health care, but if all Americans don’t it’s not violating any rights.

Supreet Singh said...

Having health care is a privilege not a right. I have has health care for my whole life. Whenever I go to the doctors office or the hospital i have to pay very little money and sometimes non at all. People should have the right to have health care not even though its a very nice thing to have some people just don't like spending money and some don't have enough money to spend on health insurance. Making health insurance mandatory can cause problems to people who cannot pay for it.

ShantelW. said...

I think health care is a right. Health care isn’t something you have to have but you need it. A privilege is something you can do without. You need health care just in case you get hurt or sick. It’s a security blanket if something should happen to you. It’s unfortunate that not everybody can afford it but that’s just how life is.

Philip M. said...

I agree with Adetayo O. when she said "people may like to think health care is a right, in reality it's a really nice privilege." Saying that health care is a right would mean that it is entitled to you, but unfortunately, it is not. As a few people have already stated, if health care was a right, it would be written in the Bill of Rights. Health care is a privilege that is only available to those that can afford it.
It is a privilege and not a right because there are people who don’t “deserve” it or who would abuse it. Those who don’t “deserve” health care are the people who purposely harm their bodies because of (for example) drugs. Those who abuse it could diminish the quality of the health care that is received by many. By having health care as a privilege, as Mr. Brown says, “I work hard to give my children the best health care.”

M.shah said...

I believe that health care is neither a right nor a privilege, but that we need to find a balance n between it.

I was reading an article the other day and it said "Health care is not a right. Rights are freedoms of action, not entitlements to what others produce. A “right” to health care violates the rights of those who produce it."

http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/health-care-is-not-a-privilege-nor-is-it-a-right/


so I thought, if it cant be a right it MUST be a privilege, because those were the only two options, but thinking about it made me disagree, because a privilege is what only some people get, and I don't think there should be a limit to who gets taken care of when their sick...

So I came to the decision that maybe there just needs to be a balance between the two to make it fair for everyone.

A.Tejada* said...

Healthcare is a privilege not a right. I do not agree with people that do not want healthcare insurance be able to get the insurance when they would not appreciate. I agree with Elizabeth in terms that it was not written in the bill of rights.
However the state, our country wants the healthcare plan to be mandatory so why can’t we just agree with it and move on. Yea times are hard and no wants to pay anything out of there pockets, but having the healthcare insurance is a way to be secure about your health and what is going to go on tomorrow in your life. So healthcare should be a right from my point f view because so many people get sick now a days from cancer, heart attacks, strokes, asthma and so on…and what will be of you if you don’t have healthcare. You would have to pay out of your pocket, and what if it come to a point were you are out of money… what would happen- the hospital wouldn’t care about you living or dieing so probably you would die all because of a healthcare plan you didn’t agree on which could of made your life easier. So now look at millions of people in the word dying today tomorrow, and the next day because they choose not to have healthcare insurance. It’s your life in jeopardy so think twice before you make a choice.

D.Samuels said...

I disagree with Elizabeth and Adetayo. I say Health care is a right to have. Obviously no one wants to have a guaranteed insurance that will always be there for cheap dollars a month. I really don't care if its not in the Bill Of Rights because as long as I'm insured no matter what the cause I'm good to go. What American cant afford or is ______(I don't want to say *tupid)to say no to this plan. Everyone says we are in a recession and they cant buy new purses or shoes, but this is must have, its cheap, and a guarantee that your life will be in good care no matter what.

Jasmine P. said...

Honetly I think that Health care is a right. The 14th Ammendent does say that "The state shall not deprive anyone of life." What if someone doesn't have health care and they are in a life or death situation but could not afford the health care, then what? The person should be left to die because of financial issues?

Ana J. said...

Having healthcare will be a privilege. I agree with what Philip said about how, "it is a privilege and not a right because there are people who don't "deserve" it or who would abuse it." Many people in this society have caused damage to their problems and by getting healthcare, they'll only use it for stupid reasons. The only people who should get insurance are those who are now living in the streets, not being able to get food and so on. But then again it is a right because of the qoute Jasmin said about the 14th Amendment. You can't just eliminate that person oe leave them to die just because they don't have insurance. It's kind of in between.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Elizabeth. I think health care is a privilege because its not written in the bill of rights and because we all should be hard working men and women. We live in a society where we must work hard to get what we need. If the government is giving us free health care. Next, we're probably going to have free rent.Sounds like a slow movement to communism if you ask me.


- Jessica R.

t HAiRStON said...

Healthcare or health insurance is not at this point in time a right that we all possess as American citizens. Although as a government and as people of a whole we all want economical growth and we know that the only way for the is to continue having people paying taxes, buying products and items, and continuing to spend money, and the way i think of it is who's going to argue over healthcare if there's nobody to medicate?

A very high percentage of the world and state is povershed, homeless, or just do not have enough money to pay for expensive healthcare plans. But if everyone dies or is ill due to not having healthcare what happens then?

Although just a priviledge I believe that affordable healthcare should be a right. I think that healthcare prices should be different for everyone. Health insurance or a doctor bill shouldnt have a sick patient coming in ill and leaving medicated but left with empty wallets or bank accounts. Each persons health insurance should not take away anymore than 10-15% of anyone's daily salary. If you make alot then what ever 10% is you are in the right financial place to pay alot but if you only make about $100 every two weeks and your go in for a doctor's appointment they shouldn't be allowed to take more than $10 from you for their medical services.

Samaroo, A. said...

I agree with Supreet. Health Care IS a privilege, not a right. Many people in this world are not entitled to health care. This includes working men and women. There is no rule that states "Every man is entitled the right to healthcare".

Alvarez S. said...

When someone asks that right off that back im going to say its a right. It's like asking is it a right to be born. When you come into society there should be certain things handed to you such as healthcare. People get sick and they need the type or nurture in order to recover, regardless if that individual doesn't have the healthcare he/she will get treated. So shouldn't we just give everyone the heathcare and stop looking at the picture of whose income is bigger and start looking at whose life we're loosing? So should it be granted to people of the United States? YES! Will it be granted to us? Chances are is when out children are born.Then there's the next question, do they want us to live or do they want us to die? Does the country want the population of growth to decrease due to the fact that healthcare is not given. OR do they want us to pay?