The Rights Of An Affordable Healthcare Program Essay

1099 Words Sep 28th, 2016 5 Pages
Right now, there is a woman in America wondering whether to pay for her child’s insulin or to pay for food. Choices like these are daunting, but, with an affordable healthcare program, we can avoid this scenario altogether. We, as a people, have a right to universal healthcare. The program that we have now is a private industry that is unprincipled and immoral. If we had universal healthcare, it could be a regulated, government-run program that would benefit the general public of the United States. Every American citizen deserves the right to an affordable healthcare program. The Constitution states that everyone has the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” and one cannot have those without access to affordable healthcare. Even though America’s forefathers couldn’t have guessed the many things that we have today, like cars or nuclear weapons, one can assume that they would have wanted their people to stay alive. More recently, the United Nations, in 1948, added a passage to “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights” stating that “everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including…medical care.” Seeing as how the United States is a member of the UN, the US should have implemented universal healthcare program long ago. The fact that we have a system based on whether one can afford healthcare goes against our previously stated right to affordable healthcare. We should value each…

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