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Is health care a right?

  • Apr 3, 2012 · 6:30 PM
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This week the Supreme Court of the United States will hear oral arguments regarding the Constitutionality of mandating an individual to buy medical insurance.

The Supreme Court's decision will be a historic, and arguably one of the most important rulings in American history. This is a rare opportunity to discuss current politics at Socrates Cafe. 

Be prepared to answer in brief, the following questions. 

What is a right? 

Is health care a right? 

What is the proper role of government in health care?

Is it moral, for the government to mandate an individual to buy health insurance?

If you had power over the government's role in health care, what changes would you make today?

This is a discussion on philosophical principles, as they relate to current politics. 

Relevant legislation:

Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA)

Requires emergency room doctors to provide medical care.

Affordable Care for America Act (ACA)

Requires individuals to purchase medical insurance. 

 

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    - I take issue with " no one...has a right to force them to do so." They are (in bed) w/ the government in the first place; mandates to be expected.
    - Also are in bed w/ the food/drug industries, and w/ the FDA. This is the real problem w/ the health care in the US.
    - Many DRs got into the biz JUST to make $. Too bad.
    - Charity? It only works in crisis mode; not for chronic care.
    - If folks took charge of their health, + accepted the fate of their bad choices; things would change.

    April 6, 2012

  • Jonathan

    This article provides an excellent examination of on the problems with our medical industry. "Moral Health Care vs. universal Health Care"

    http://www.theobjectivestandard.com/audio/moral-vs-universal-health-care.asp by Lin Zinser and Paul Hsieh

    April 5, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    In our society I believe it is a right, but not the way it is being handled now. The for-profit-keep-everyone-sick-and-on-our-fda-approved(kickbacked)-drugs system is just plain wrong.
    The group did manage to get all these thoughts/ideas out and discussed in spite of a certain person's penchant for being stuck on the we-have-a-right-to-not-be-forced-to-do-anything soapbox. Frankly, no one knew how that arbitrarily became "law" at this particular discussion, but it did.
    In spite of that the rest of the group had an intelligent, open exchange of ideas that was very enjoyable.

    April 4, 2012

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