Is Healthcare A Right Or A Privilege Essay

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Healthcare reform comes down to the question: Is healthcare a right or a privilege? Many countries around the world have decided that healthcare is a right and that every citizen of their country should have healthcare coverage despite affordability or medical needs. The U.S. has not provided free healthcare to its citizens. Our system of healthcare has been one of a privilege. The U.S. ensures universal availability to basic, life-saving treatment in emergency rooms but the U.S does not ensure availability to more cost-effective, comprehensive, and preventive treatments. Emergency physicians and primary care physicians all agree that the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA), which focuses on assuring access to emergency care, but doesn’t ensure that health care is a right for all citizens of the U.S. across all health care settings. Theodore Roosevelt, ran as the Progressive Party candidate, he ran on a platform in 1912 that stated: "We pledge ourselves to work unceasingly in State and Nation for . . . the protection of home life against the hazards of sickness, irregular employment and old age through the adoption of a system of social insurance adapted to American use.” Franklin Roosevelt went into further depth and stated that health care was a human right. In Roosevelt’s January 1944 message to Congress, he stated that “freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence,” and demanded for “a second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all.” Included in these rights was “the right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health” and “the right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness,... ... middle of paper ... in the U.S. The Affordable Care Act expands the affordability, quality, and availability of private and public health insurance through consumer protections, regulations, subsidies, taxes, insurance exchanges, and other reforms. I believe mandatory health coverage is a step in the right direction towards a future with universal health care. Although Obamacare may help americans to better afford quality health insurance, it is not a national healthcare program provided to the U.S citizens free of cost. The fact that citizens will be forced to purchase ObamaCare plans or be fined or penalized on their taxes for not doing so, further suggests that healthcare today is a priviledge not a right. I can only hope that this country can find successful means to managing our citizen’s healthcare and one day give our people the right to healthcare, not just the priviledged.