Right to Health Care
- All Americans should have a right to health care because the
Declaration of Independence states that all men have the unalienable
right to "Life," which entails having the health care needed
to preserve life.
- Health care is a right for all Americans because the Preamble of the
US Constitution states its purpose is to "promote the general
welfare" of the people. Just as all Americans have the right to
an education, they should have the right to health care because they
both "promote the general welfare."
- Health care is a human right. The United Nations Universal
Declaration of Human Rights states that "everyone has the right
to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of
oneself and one's family, including... medical care."
- All Americans should have the right to health care as do citizens of
other nations. The United States is one of the few, if not the only,
developed nation in the world that does not guarantee health coverage
for its citizens. 
- Ensuring that all Americans have the right to health care will
decrease health care costs by allowing people to receive regular and
preventive medical care and not wait until they are chronically ill to
seek treatment when medical costs are much higher.
- Providing all citizens the right to health care is good for economic
productivity. When people have access to health care, they live
healthier and longer lives, thus allowing them to contribute to
society for a longer time. The cost of bad health and shorter life
spans of Americans suffering from uninsurance amounts to $65-130
billion annually. 
- Lacking health care can lead people to suffer from anxiety,
depression, sickness, and stress, and other symptoms that affect not
only individuals, but families and communities of that individual as
- Health care costs are unaffordable and bankrupting Americans. In
2007, 62.1% of all US bankruptcies were related to medical expenses
and 78% of these bankruptcies were filed by people who had medical
- Guaranteeing the right to health care will encourage
entrepreneurship, which is good for job creation. Currently people are
afraid to start their own business for fear of losing the health
insurance provided at their existing job.
- Health care should be a right because it will promote equal
opportunity by decreasing the number of people who are economically
disadvantaged in society due to bad health and medically-related
- Health care services are crucial to the functioning of a community,
just like trash and water services, and should therefore be guaranteed
like these services are to all Americans.
- The right to health care should be considered a civil right. People
should not be discriminated against for being sick. Americans who are
ill should not have to make the choice between financial ruin or
paying for the medical treatments they need to stay alive.
- Coverage of all Americans would best counter or contain the
spreading of epidemics such as the H1N1 flu (swine flu) or smallpox.
Right to Health Care
- Health care should not be a right because it is inconsistent with
the Declaration of Independence, which guarantees the right to
"pursue" happiness, not the right to happiness or free
- Health care should not be considered a right because the Preamble of
the US Constitution states that its purpose is to "promote"
the general welfare, not to provide it.
- Health care should not be considered a right because it is not
listed in the Bill of Rights in the US Constitution. The Bill of
Rights lists people's rights that the government cannot infringe upon,
not services or material goods that the government must ensure for the
- It is the individual's responsibility, not that of the government's,
to ensure personal health. Diseases and health problems, such as
obesity, cancer, stroke, and diabetes can often be prevented by
individuals choosing to live healthier lifestyles.
- No one should be entitled to health care because it is a service and
a material good that a person must pay for to obtain.
- Guaranteeing everyone health care will lead to longer wait-times for
patients to receive diagnoses and treatment of illnesses, as is the
case in Canada and the UK, potentially denying patients with chronic
diseases timely medical care. 
- Providing a right to health care is socialism and is bad for
economic productivity. Socialized medicine is comparable to food
stamps, housing subsidies, and welfare--all of which is charity.
Distributing charity to society makes people lazy, decreases the
incentive for people to strive for excellence, and inhibits
- A right to health care is unadministratable because it is too
ambiguous what kind of treatment and services should be guaranteed.
- Guaranteeing health care as a right will lead to an increase in
demand for health care that will decrease the quality of care because
health care professionals will be overstretched.
- History has shown that granting health care as a right would lead to
greater government deficits. Every time the government intervenes in
health care, such as with Medicare and Medicaid, there is a greater
redistribution of wealth and greater government spending.
- If health care is considered a right, then government bureaucrats
will be making health, life, and death decisions that should be up to
the patient and doctor to decide.
- Allowing health care coverage to be driven by the free market
without government intervention increases competition and the
incentive for providing higher quality medical technology and service.
- Providing health care to everyone is a huge expense and may result
in tax increases thereby futher harming the economy and individual
- Guaranteeing health care for all Americans will lead to a problem
known as "moral hazard," meaning that people will take
riskier actions because they know that if they get hurt, they are
guaranteed health care coverage.