I am exploring the concept of how People assume the right of something... It is my right to... yet the constitution provides a set amount of rights... so pipe in people... do we have the right to healthcare? do we have the right to drive a car? do we have the right to education? do we have the right to __________. I am interested in all answers regardless of my opinion. There are no bad answers... just participation in an exchanfe of ideas... have at it!!!
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I would agree with most of that but politically speaking... what is the definition of " basic needs"? Does healthcare fall into basic needs? Say do we have the right to open heart surgery? I don't know if there is a correct answer... but go for it!
meaning rights to access for these things and for them to be affordable and not be denied care by an insurance provider you pay for etc.
You have the PURSUIT of happiness. Doesn't mean you will receive it. But, I think everyone could have a good life if government let the market work. Markets create competition and low prices. Government creates debt, inflation, war & dependen
@SportsBetter: Just an interesting note... at least for me... I found it interesting the the people who wrote "Pursuit of Happiness" were men who held slaves... I must agree with you that with Governmental interference in the market is not wise!
True... can you expand your ideas, thoughts, and more into a hub about benefits of a wealthy state... or just add them here? I think you make a good point and would like to read more from you.
I do find this topic very interesting, I think i will follow your advice and use this topic as inspiration for a hub. As soon as it's up I will link it to this question!
awesome! I look forward to reading this.
Hey! Just to let you know i have written a hub influenced by your question here! The link is below!
A good start! So what happens if you can not pay for healthcare? I totally agree that we have to work for things, etc.
I couldn't agree more with this statement! We have a right to get things. That doesn't mean they should be handed out!
what if you don't want to pay for your healthcare? I am not relieved of my natural rights merely because I choose to not use them. The RIGHT to live, liberty and pursuit of happiness do not disappear if I do not use them.
I have a basic health insurance policy. I expect one day I will die. For myself... that is my choice. I would not want to undergo proceedure after proceedure only to be miserable. Death is what comes eventually anyways whether we want it to or not.
You don't want to live, is that what your telling me? By not paying health care, you doom yourself. It's a choice. Do you want spend some money each month to make sure that if something happens you keep living? If not, you don't deserve the choice.
@Iburmaster: Interesting reaction... I am saying that I have health insurance... but I that I consider the quality of my life more important than the length of my life... Much like abortion...it is my body.
I'm sorry, I was responding to umbertoobrian. Your view on live and death is completely calm and relaxed. You seem ready and focused. I have no disagreement with your perception.
Thank you. My calmness comes from having seen so much death...watching people take their last breath...holding their hands as they leave their body... creepy I know... but there is peace too.
That does not seem creepy at all. Just caring.
Do you mean governments should not build hospitals or offer public health units, There is one charity hospital in my city and five privately owned. Closed the public charity hospital and who pays the other hospitals to care for these people--you do.
I believe hospitals should be privately owned. The government should be interested in politics, not healthcare. Unfortunately, healthcare right now is extremely costly.
The Gov't is the reason for the cost increase is the Gov't crowded out the competition. If that were not the case private care would be extremely affordable
Landmark hit the nail on the head. Every area of the economy government regulates heavily becomes concentrated, uncompetitive, and in time essentially an inefficient branch of the state. Postal service, transportation, food and drugs, health care ...
This comment is for everyone. If you do not like mandated health care, what is the answer. Do we ignore the sick. Do we deny them access to doctors, hospitals, etc. I would like to hear some suggestions and not just opposition.
Allow competition across state lines, real tort reform...get the government out of healthcare/insurance and allow more free-market answers. More options and more free-market control will bring costs down.
Awesome... thank you for your imput.
Healthcare, education, energy, and agriculture all areas government is involved in and prices are high and quality is low. Computers, cellphones, technology, are cheaper and more efficient. Tech has a free market, with no regulations.
@SportsBetter: I have often wondered about the difference between the tech market and the commodities market... I think that technology changes so quickly and government moves so slowly that Govt has not figured out yet how to control the teck mkt.
well stated... so... it seems you are implying that healthy is a choice... everyone has the right to be healthy... but isnt that different than having the right to access healthcare? I can eat healthy, live healthy but I can not force a Dr to cure me
awesome... I see the crux of your comment is between the words provide and recognize.... It is good to put such paradox forth!
Awesome! Thank you for your imput... RE: doctors today... care to do a comparision of how drs have changed from before health insurance to today? What are your views on normal healthcare vs exceptional healthcare in terms of paid work.
That answer is complicated. I believe price distortion plays a large role. At the risk of self promotion read the hub I wrote on the topic. Healthcare is covered in it. https://hubpages.com/politics/How-Government-Progr...
Interesting and honest... nice job.
awesome comments! yet the government(s) forces citizens to do things all the time... I think we sometimes underestimate goodwill... and replace that with an expectation. WIthout thinking about these kinds of things how can we prevent or improve?
I am sorry... what?
I totally agree with you. I am in a similar situation with a "pre existing condition" that makes it impossible for me to afford health insurance. I believe that reasonably priced healthcare should be available to all contributing members of society
well stated Larry! However... I would not want to burden those that HAVE with the task of paying for my healthcare needs, etc. In the old days I could have paid the dr with chickens... how many chickens would it take to pay for an apendectomy?
Old Empresario: Nothing is really given to the people.. it all comes at a cost... electricity, education, healthcare, food... it is paid for by cash in hand, credit or through taxation... nothing is ever really free...
Well, the question didn't say anything about whether we would have to pay for these things or not. It said do we have a right to it? I said not really. But I do say that if we are paying taxes, we do have certain rights like healthcare and education.