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Should All Americans Have the Right (Be Entitled) to Health Care?

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  • +62 +118 -56 Pat Apr. 27, 2011
    "All other industrialized democracies guarantee health care for everyone - rich or poor, young or old, native or immigrant. It is our national shame that the richest country in the world leaves ten of millions of its citizens uninsured, allows more than 20,000 Americans die each year because they lack insurance, and lets some 700,000 people go bankrupt due to medical bills each year. To the rest of the developed world, we are immoral; I agree. Future generations will look at this time and wonder why in the world we were so blind and so unresponsive to the needs of our less fortunate citizens. Our only answer will be greed."
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    • +12 +15 -3 Damon Mills Aug. 29, 2011
      "Yes, but our founding fathers knew that the only way for a nation to succeed in the long run was to guarantee individual liberties. Forcing others to give up their personal property, be it services or money, in order to guarantee that you will receive medical care is too great an intrusion on the rights of others. We can find other ways to resolve these issues without creating a nanny state and allowing the government to continue its intrusion into individual liberties that it was not granted the authority to do in the constitution."
    • +8 +12 -4 Katie Sep. 12, 2011
      "Yes it is sad that not everyone has health care but should the lazy americans that just want handouts be awarded health care. If you were a hard-working american, trying to provide for yourself and amily, would you want to help pay for someone who doesn't take responsibility for their actions? I believe health care costs need to be lowered but I don't believe health care should be handout. Look how people are taking advantage of welfare? Yes, many americans need it and deeserve, but what about those people who don't want o get a job, or can't because they won't stop using drugs. Is it fair that we pay their way for life? Take responsibility for your actions."
    • +7 +14 -7 Richard E. Feb. 20, 2012
      "So really your argument here is "all the other cool kids are doing it".

      I suppose you believe politicians who campaign by telling you what they are going to give you too. Wake up! We are already in a financial quagmire and Obamacare will only make the situation worse - not better.

      Not to mention the fact we already live in a country where no one can be refused medical treatment."
    • +3 +7 -4 Kyle Dec. 16, 2011
      "Its our own pursuit of happiness, not the government's."
    • +2 +6 -4 ch9 Mar. 28, 2012
      "Go live in another industrialized democracy that is more moral. America is a great place to live because of our freedoms. The intent of the founders was not socialism. The more socialist our government becomes the more the moral of our nation will fall. It is not the governments responsibility to provide for it's citizens. America is the land of opportunity. Entitlement breeds ignorance and laziness."
    • 0 0 0 Leo Failoni Oct. 17, 2013
      "Are you saying that what is logical, or moral if you happen to separate the two, is decided by consensus?"
    • -1 +2 -3 Andrew Feb. 25, 2013
      ""Europe is failing?" Utter donkey-dung. France, Germany, Australia, the Scandinavian countries and Japan are all doing quite well. Germany's PM is ranked the second most powerful person in the WORLD. France and Australia have basically escaped the recession and have better health care and overall quality of life; and all of them have some form of UHC.
      If anything there is a reverse correlation, with increased "welfare" spending and better performance in the recession."
    • -1 +4 -5 Fred May. 19, 2012
      "First of all, do you even know what entails a true democracy? Secondly, have you seen the demise of the world economy, specifically countries with socialized medicine. By the way, if I am going to be forced to pay for someone else's healthcare, I want every person that has a cell phone and pays for apps to give up their phones before they can accept universal healthcare. As a matter of fact, I think that facebook should donate 10 dollars for every member that does not have healthcare coverage. Because, if facebook is a higher priority than healthcare, I have no sympathy for you."
  • +36 +70 -34 stacey Jul. 22, 2011
    "Pretty crappy that drug dealers and murders get free healthcare in jail but us hard working citizens have to pay for it...that is if we can afford it. Hell yeah we should have it. If there is a way to give crooks free healthcare than by god we should all have it."
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    • +5 +6 -1 Michael Sep. 29, 2011
      "And who do you think pays for the healthcare that those drug dealers and murderers receive in jail? You "hard working citizens" that's who, with your hard-earned tax dollars."
    • 0 0 0 Leo Failoni Oct. 17, 2013
      "Wouldn't the solution to the problem that you are stating be to end healthcare for prisoners?"
    • 0 0 0 Haley Oct. 22, 2012
      "Yes we should cause criminals are criminals they if there treated with health care we should to. It's fair."
    • -4 0 -4 Aldo Mar. 24, 2012
      "So would you be willing to sacrifice your freedom. We keep criminals alive so they can "enjoy" their punishment. It would be a sad day to let one of them die and not enjoy the full term of their sentence. You are comparing an apple to an orange. Let's talk about people that ARE NOT incarcerated."
  • +26 +66 -40 Lynne Apr. 27, 2011
    "All Americans should have the right to health care. It should be supported by our government and ourselves, paid for by our taxes and as a payroll deduction. Taxes should not be feared or shunned. It is how we run a country. Paying taxes is patriotic! It is a moral imperative that we take care of each other. We have fire departments, police departments to help keep us safe, schools to help educate our children, and these things are paid for by taxes and bonds. Health care should also be supported by the government, which is us! It should be fine if some want to purchase other insurance to make sure that they are provided with the best of everything. But essential care should be provided."
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    • +7 +10 -3 Joel Jan. 26, 2012
      "Government may run the schools, but America has some of the lowest education standards in the world. Government may take care of the roads, but construction on the smallest projects take years. Government may be in charge of the country, but our national debt has risen to an unprecedented amount. Can you sit there and safely say that you trust the government, which can't even balance a checkbook, to provide us adequate and cheap health care? Health reform does need to happen, but making the system public introduces more problems than it solves."
    • 0 0 0 Leo Failoni Oct. 17, 2013
      "Moral? By what standard? Your argument stating that we should have A because we also have B, C, and D presupposed whether we should have those things in the first place."
  • +20 +40 -20 Ron Jun. 8, 2011
    "Americans already pay for health care for everyone - just drive by your local hospital & notice the lack of bodies lying on the sidewalks. Now we need to have an official plan to make everyone responsible for their own care.

    Since the insurance industry is the only industry exempt from anti-competition laws, we need a balance to their non-competition. That's where the governments come in.
    We can pay to treat people with mental-medical problems or we can pay to prosecute and house them in jails when the troubled ones with known problems shoot up schools,congressmen, or the rest of us. When something happens we yell for gun control when we should be yelling for health care.

    We can go to war, but we can't protect our people from the disease & injury here at home - including our veterans."
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    • 0 0 0 Leo Failoni Oct. 17, 2013
      "The official plan for healthcare is to ensure that certain individuals do not have to be responsible for their own care."
  • +19 +29 -10 Amanda Feb. 29, 2012
    "Everyone should have the right to AFFORDABLE health care"
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    • -1 0 -1 Leo Failoni Oct. 17, 2013
      "For what reason?"
  • +19 +35 -16 Elke Jun. 14, 2011
    "I think overall it would make healthcare more affordable. In many cases cost could have been kept low if preventative measurements would have been in place."
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    • -1 +1 -2 Deborah Mar. 30, 2012
      "The cost of the data entry and computer system and hacker prevention and then fixing the mistakes needs to be included.

      The reason Canadians come here for health care - because the last heart surgery for the year has been done, wait for next hear, so sorry - should be thought about.

      The idea that all our data in one computer system makes it vulnerable to mistakes, power and other hardware problems (Medi-Cal's fried computer cost me more than 20 days of no medication, which I need for me brain), that the concept of a second opinion will disappear, that any problem will be serious to convince them to fix - been there - that computers do go down and have glitches - like this one, or the large systems I used to work on, or the ones in cars that make me very wary of them -

      The issue isn't about the right to health care, but about getting health care the right way. And sadly, this isn't it.

      I cheered the day it went through, but I'm not cheering now. Sorry."
  • +13 +33 -20 Philip Jun. 21, 2011
    "as a doc tor healthecare is absolutely A RIGHT. It is so sad that most doctors have forgotten this. But we need people to realize that insurance companies are not deserving of the HUGE profits they are making right now. Our politicians are not telling us how much insurance companies are making - do a LITTLE RESEARCH. This year they are are making record profits in this recession. Why does no one tell us this."
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    • 0 0 0 Leo Failoni Oct. 17, 2013
      "For what reason is healthcare a right?"
  • +11 +14 -3 lori james Apr. 18, 2012
    "My good friend had health ins. back in2007 . then everything went to hell and his employer couldn't aford it anymore. Billy died 4-15-2012 because he counldn't afore his heart pills.He was only 41 years . I guess only the rich get to live, good luck to the rest of us."
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    • 0 +1 -1 JoAnne May. 31, 2012
      "Having health care shouldn't just be a luxury for the rich, every person should have the right to affordable health care, 27 countires have affordable and free health care, I like Canada's program which isn't free but very affordable"
  • +9 +14 -5 Elizabeth Knowles Mar. 26, 2012
    "I am uninsured and unable to get medical insurance due to my pre-exisiting condition. Insurance prices are so high for private coverage and even for group insurance. I believe all Citizens should have insurance at an affordable price, not for free."
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  • +9 +19 -10 Blake Mar. 10, 2012
    "Hey alot you you CON ppl think about this the bill of rights says we have the "right to life..."
    and in case you didnt know people die without insurance. eg. my fiance a diabetic who very well could die in less than a week without her medications,dont ask how she gets it as she is uninsured. whereas we have now been able to find an insurance company that will cover her, let alone at a decent price. total cost of monthly meds for my fiance would be upwards of 400-500$. as well as a 10K bill from the hospital for a 3 day stay if you think thats fine when we make a net income of under 17K you have no empathy
    i think that it should be a choice but EVERYONE should have access to affordable heath care"
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    • +1 +1 0 h Jul. 4, 2012
      "It is sad that some people do not have the resources that others do and cannot afford the same quality of care. However, saying that you have the right to expensive treatment on another person's dime is the same thing as stealing. If you stole money out of my bank account it would be illegal, taking money from the tax payers is just legalized theft."
    • 0 0 0 Nick Apr. 17, 2014
      "Speaking of amendments to the Constitution, we already have one covering this topic: the 13th.

      Slavery (as in a right to the labor of others) has been abolished. In any case, nobody has a right to the labor of others"
    • 0 0 0 Leo Failoni Oct. 17, 2013
      "Your right to life means that it cannot be taken away from you. It is not something to be given to you by the forced sacrifice of another."
    • 0 +1 -1 Jim Apr. 4, 2012
      "Death is assured for everyone. While tragic, you cannot escape no matter what the politicians say. Just because the technology or aid exists does not mean everyone can get access. It is unsustainable... unsustainable"
  • +9 +21 -12 Lori Jul. 16, 2011
    "Yes, I believe that we all should have the right to health care as long as we dont abuse the system."
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    • +1 +1 0 Dan Jun. 1, 2012
      "Do you mean the hospital/doctor that charges 50,000 bucks to change the battery in a chest implanted pacemaker for a 80 yr old? It'sdoc/ hospitals that abuse the system.."
    • -3 +1 -4 rosie Nov. 23, 2011
      "all americans have the right according to the constitution the gvt. has the right to life and health care helps you stay alive"
  • +7 +11 -4 call me bobby Jul. 24, 2012
    "Think about the rights of men, especially life, every single person on this planet has a right to live, and live healthily. Now if this person is so sick they can't get out of bed, then the very well can't exercise there that right now can they. If this person was rich they certainly could. They could just go and get a nice park avenue doctor who'd fix 'em up all nice and well. But if this person was so poor they couldn't afford an appointment much less a treatment. Then to bad, your dead."
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  • +7 +9 -2 Matt Apr. 12, 2012
    "Everyone should have some kind of health care"
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    • 0 0 0 Leo Failoni Oct. 17, 2013
      "For what reason?"
  • +7 +14 -7 Kevin Gibson Feb. 29, 2012
    "The argument that taxes would go up is canceled out by the fact that you would no longer have to pay a health insurance premium(which pays for other people's health care).

    The only reason you would have to wait a long time to be cured is because your condition isn't life threatening. The people ahead of you in line have a risk of dying. Other people should die because you don't want to wait in line because you have the sniffles? Sadly, that sounds like a typical American.

    The doctors in our hospitals are paid more than five times what their patients make, while doctors in other countries only make three times what their patients do.

    Also, in other countries such as France, doctors are paid better based on how well they treat their patients. That way, at least the doctors would have good reason for being overpaid.

    Universal health care is a right. A health insurance company denying a human being coverage of a treatment for a life threatening illness is murder."
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  • +7 +27 -20 John Mannion Jun. 22, 2011
    "Citizens of these great United States should not be losing sleep worrying about how to pay the impossible in maintaining or improving their health. the formula used now guarantees that after a life of work you can lose all your assets (home-retirement) to one illness. In this country you get stress illnesses from worrying how to pay for other illnesses. In the 1970's almost all jobs offered full medical while now more and more employers are pulling out. Also average real wages do not allow for budgeting for health insurance. The President down to local government officials receive it but not the John Doe's who help pay for it all. Today's formula just doesn't work when almost 50 million people do not have it, And can't afford it. Insurance companies should be nothing more than a allocating business. Doctors need to get back to their oath, and give up golfing on Wednesdays. End the conflict of interest of allowing Physicians to get kickbacks whatsoever. This includes any business that they have interest in. In the U.S. Your doctor sends you for a test or scan to a business which he or she profits from. How immoral is that?"
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  • +7 +40 -33 mama Jun. 10, 2011
    "Let's say you were hit by a car.Some one calls an ambulence.You are dying.At the hospital it turns out you can't pay.you die because of it.Thats practically murder because your poor!!!!!!!!!!!"
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    • +5 +5 0 Jim Apr. 4, 2012
      "You are ignorant of the truth, that scenario is against the law. The poor are getting heathcare already in this country."
    • +5 +9 -4 Chris Nov. 20, 2011
      "That's not murder. Say you walk into a store and are really hungry. Is the store obligated to give you money? Hospitals are businesses too."
    • +4 +4 0 Jon Jun. 29, 2012
      "What if nobody can call 911 because they couldn't afford a cell phone. I guess ny your argument, a paid for cell phone is a right also. No one at the hospital is gong to deny you care. Just a dumb argument you made."
    • +4 +5 -1 ER Nurse Apr. 24, 2012
      "I am an ER nurse and in my 26 years of practice, no injured patient has ever been turned away because of lack of payment. Everyone is treated the same in a emergent situation. No non-emergent patient is ever turned away...even if they can not pay the co-pay at the time of service. Get the facts straight before you post an emotionally charged statement that has no truth."
    • +4 +7 -3 Michael Sep. 29, 2011
      "Hospitals cannot deny medically necessary care. And doctors are bound by their hippocratic oath to "Above all, I must not play at God.""
    • +2 +2 0 Luke Mar. 8, 2012
      "That hospital would be in trouble. EMTALA requires hospitals to provide care to those who need Emergency Medical Treatment or Active Labor."
    • +2 +5 -3 naksuthin Oct. 26, 2011
      "In the US that's not likely to happen because here hospitals are required to provide universal heath care to anyone regardless of ability to pay.
      But instead of sending the unpaid bill to the government, the hospital tacks on the costs to the bills of everyone else who pays their bill. Same result...it's a hidden tax which we all pay anyway in higher medical costs and steeper insurance premiums So we might as well have universal health care.

      A more likley scenario is someone who needs expensive medications but who isn't poor enough to get them for free. so they go without and eventually die because they put off taking the life saving drugs."
    • +1 +1 0 April Oct. 27, 2013
      "Wow. Do we really have people this ignorant? Every single person brought to an ER gets treated, regardless of capacity to pay. Get your facts straight and remove your emotions from the debate."
    • 0 0 0 Leo Failoni Oct. 17, 2013
      "A lack of action is not an action its self."
  • +7 +41 -34 Mary May. 3, 2011
    "All americans should have it, its the right thing to do. End of story."
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    • -1 +1 -2 naksuthin Oct. 26, 2011
      "If a medically challenged fetus has a right to life, how can you deny the baby medical care once it is born just because you don't want to pay for someone else's medical expenses?
      If you against universal healthcare...you are making the case for abortionist.

      This attitude that "I'm only responsible for me" is why so many people pass by a victim lying on the sidewalk without stopping to help"
    • -1 +4 -5 Cassi Jul. 12, 2011
      "Vic... I'd be happy to put my share into it. If I had to pay for your healthcare sometime down the road, if it means some time further you would be paying for mine. If we all share our wealth, it will grow. Please understand that there are so many out there who can not afford to live with healthcare and can not afford to live without it. Flat out- don't be selfish."
    • -1 +5 -6 Vic May. 21, 2011
      "You're right, all americans should have it. But I'm not paying the government to give it to somebody else. Mary, you pay for it. ok?"
  • +6 +6 0 Karlie C Feb. 5, 2014
    "As the child of a very poor family that was just over the limit to qualify for medicaid I believe it is a dire need of our country to provide healthcare to everyone. My father nearly died multiple times through my childhood, and because we were not able to receive medical care we racked up huge bills that we still are paying on... On the other side of this, one of my best friends growing up lost his mother because they couldn't afford the care she required.

    I recently had a child and if I had not had medicaid I would have died a couple different times during my pregnancy. Once when I contracted a kidney infection and almost lost my baby. Once when her father abused me so bad he almost killed us both, and last when she was born. I had to have an emergency c-section after 21 hours of hard labor because my daughter's heart stopped beating.

    I realize there are arguments against healthcare such as the possibility of higher taxes and poorer healthcare due to overworked providers but I believe it is absolutely necessary for the health and welfare of the citizens of our country."
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  • +6 +10 -4 gulianna Sep. 18, 2012
    "all the things we do for this country.... and we can't be entitled to health care.. how stupid... it doesn't matter how rich, poor, middle class or non- American .. we should be entitled to health care. American citizens die because of health care insurances. even though I'm 16 ... I BELIEVE that we should have the RIGHT to health care... The Declaration of Independences states that all men have the unalienable right to "life"...people shouldn't suffer from health care.."
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    • 0 0 0 Leo Failoni Oct. 17, 2013
      "Your right to life means that it cannot be taken away from you. Not that you have the right to have it handed to you."
  • +6 +6 0 Ali Sep. 11, 2012
    "American healthcare system has been a topic of widespread debate in recent years. As more and more individuals require health care coverage, the debate grows more heated. In my opinion, affordable healthcare (even if it requires using tax dollars) is a right every American is entitled to. This is due to the fact that it is a basic human right to live a healthy lifestyle, and this is only possible if healthcare is provided for every citizen. While others may disagree with this proposal, they simply need to realize that their money could save a life just like donating blood could."
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    • 0 0 0 Leo Failoni Oct. 17, 2013
      "Does this mean that a persons should be forcibly be taken from them to save the life of another? How about kidneys as well?"
  • +6 +9 -3 B.M Jul. 4, 2012
    "If you have the knowledge to help someone live longer or save there life at all and wouldn't till they PAID you then I say you are a criminal and should be imprisoned!!!!!! I believe "failure to render aid" is a crime and punishable by federal law ."
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    • 0 0 0 Leo Failoni Oct. 17, 2013
      "1. What if it is at the cost of your own or anothers life?
      2. Would this also apply to any buisness that sells food or shelter."
  • +6 +9 -3 Richard Hundley May. 23, 2012
    "I am pro because i believe that a health issue, wish you have little or no control of can wipe out all of your assets. We need affordable health care."
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    • 0 0 0 Leo Failoni Oct. 17, 2013
      "Does this also mean that a persons job should be federally backed in some way if there employer decides to layoff workers or there buisness is wiped out? Welfare and unemployment does not nearly cover what healthcare will."
  • +6 +10 -4 Winifer Smith Apr. 27, 2012
    "Health Care is a right not a privaledge. We supply fire saftey police departments and other measures of saftey. It is our duty to supply health care. How can we deny the citizens the right to health and happiness. If we continue to mandate hospitals to accept any paitent our system will be continuallly abused. Citizens that cannot afford healthcare are continually using the E.R as there means of healthcare. This puts hospitals into finacial downfalls. Its not fair to the hospitals to make them pay and its not fair to citizens to turn them away. If everyone pays a regular fee all citizens will be able to recieve healthcare. Also hospitals wont be forced into debt."
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    • 0 0 0 Julie Sep. 13, 2013
      "Fire departments are not "supplied" -- they are paid for with our taxes, and occasionally additional fees. There was a case in Tennessee in 2010 of a family not paying the $75 fire service fee; their house caught fire and the department simply let it burn. They had been given every opportunity before the fact, as we are given the opportunity to either work for a company that supplies insurance (or pays partial) or to purchase our own insurance through a private company. Pay now, or pay up later. No one should be "supplied.""
  • +6 +9 -3 mereniel Apr. 1, 2012
    "Do the republicans really think people don't buy health insurance because they don't want it? They don't buy it because they can't afford it. Making the pool bigger will reduce costs for everyone. If states can tell people they have to buy car insurance, then the federal gov't can tell people they have to buy health insurance."
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    • +1 +1 0 Jim Apr. 4, 2012
      "Please read the constitution, it is about power, not healtcare. The states have rights that the feds don't, it is call checks and balances. You want free healthcare move to Massachusetts, I won't be there. Now there is balance."
    • 0 0 0 Leo Failoni Oct. 17, 2013
      "1.Merely because car insurance has been mandated by state governments does not mean that it is right.
      2.People have the choice to drive a vehicle that requires insurance or to not do so. One of these choices will not require them to be dead, or pay a fine. In contrast, the only alternative to not paying for "universal" healthcare is to either be fined or dead."
    • 0 0 0 Andrew Feb. 25, 2013
      ""Move there."
      As if it were cheap and easy to relocate career, family, house and neighborhood...
      Hint: the people who can't afford health insurance probably can't afford to move to another state just for health insurance. Plenty of people might be happier living in their current home, and how many states offer such programs?"
  • +6 +8 -2 dj Mar. 29, 2012
    "People are taking illegal advantage of medicare type of insurances in US. Those people get insurance coverage free but that is taken from tax payers. It is shameful that a developed country like US people need to take insurance to see a doctor. Even developing countries in south east asia don't need insurance to see a doctor. Atleast US should give its citizens healthcare benefits regardless of their job."
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  • +6 +14 -8 Gunner Mar. 5, 2012
    "Poor people who don't have insurance can't afford to go to the hospital if they're sick. That means that they'll go to work, come home, and go about their day, all the while their bodies are sick and in pain. If they don't go to the doctor, then eventually the diseases that they have will spread, and we'll have the Plague all over again. I have never been to a hospital in my life, even when i had pnuemonia. I have never been able to afford insurance, and i've always wonder what i would do if i ever needed to go to the hospital. I can't afford the bills. I'm making ends meet, while movie stars spend thousands every day to stay looking young. HOW IS THAT FAIR?!?!?! I say we make a law that allows everyone the right to medical care. Doctors make millions. They can afford to lose a little of their pay."
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    • +2 +3 -1 ch9 Mar. 28, 2012
      "Do you go to the movies? Do you rent or purchase movies? Then you are paying for the movie stars expensive treatments. Don't watch movies if you think it isn't fair.
      Affording health insurance is often a choice. If it is important to you, you are willing to go without other things to afford it. My husband and I paid for private health insurance while living on 12000 a year. It was a sacrifice but was worth it when my son was born 2 months premature. At least you are willing to be responsible for your lack of health insurance. Many just go without the ability to pay and leave the bill to us by increasing our health insurance premiums.
      Changes are needed but Obamacare is not a good fix!!!"
    • 0 0 0 J. M. Oct. 10, 2012
      "It's fair because you could have became a doctor or an actor and you didn't. It's not their fault you don't have the money, its a direct result of your decisions and you don't have the right to decide what they ought to do with it."
    • 0 0 0 Lynn Jul. 31, 2012
      "Gunner - very few doctors make millions. In fact, most are being squeezed by the corporates(ins. co. HMO, healthcare "systems". Currently, I would say most doctors are not compensated enough for their expertise and commitment."
  • +6 +14 -8 Vince Jan. 31, 2012
    "This is not even a debatable question. The World Health Organization has stated clearly that quality healthcare is a basic human right. Several international treaties include this statement. The US has signed all of those treaties agreeing to this point. So as a government and a people there is no question. The real issue that keeps arising on the CON side is how to implement it and that taxation to support healthcare for all is unfair. Yet we use taxes to pay for schools and you pay those even if you have no children attending. And taxes pay for prisons, hopefully no one in your family is incarcerated. And they pay for roads, bridges, public transportation, etc. even if you don't use them. BTW, taxes also pay for huge subsidies to private companies and industries that I don't approve of or use. So what's the argument?"
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    • 0 0 0 Leo Failoni Oct. 17, 2013
      "1. Does a person or group stating something turn said statement into a fact? What if they told you that the Earth was flat? Does that make it true?
      2. The argument that people should be taxed for program A because you are also taxed for program B presupposes whether or not people should be taxed for program B in the first place."
  • +5 +7 -2 sheary Oct. 15, 2012
    "Everyone should have the right to health care because if one person was sick and than he touch anthour person than he will get sick to and it will keep sreading and spreading and pluse some people coulnd die from it to so thats why we should all get health care and thats my opinion and thats that."
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    • 0 0 0 Leo Failoni Oct. 17, 2013
      "This could easily happen whether or not everyone had healthcare considering that most diseases do not show symptoms right away but are still contagious during this time."
    • 0 0 0 shearylon Oct. 16, 2012
      "I think your right sheary and i agree with you and im a pro to and i think evryone shoulnd have health care too."
  • +5 +5 0 shaima Aug. 18, 2012
    "I am from Iraq but when I came here I was depress and shoked for health situation in the US. we have war in my country but we do not have health problem because by 20 cent you can see a doctor but I cannot believe thet I wished to come to the US and this situation is incredible. I hope people protest one of the impact of capitalism."
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  • +5 +8 -3 Courtney May. 28, 2012
    "It's mindblowing to think there are people who would defend denying fellow humans access to basic healthcare. We must implement universale healthcare as soon as possible in the US. Not only is it inhumane to do otherwise, but it's dangerous to the healthy to live among those who have no healthcare, and no preventative care. Only the ignorant would wish for ill neighbors from behind gated communities."
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    • +1 +1 0 Leo Failoni Oct. 17, 2013
      "Why is it dangerous for the healthy to live among those without healthcare?"
  • +5 +7 -2 Ross C Apr. 27, 2012
    "The notion that our great nation, being the richest and most developed of any in the modern world, could let so many people suffer, both physically and otherwise, due to a lack of insurance is absolutely preposterous.
    Take a look at the facts; over 20,000 americans die every year because of a lack of healthcare, and an additional 700,000 go bankrupt for the same reason. Making healthcare more affordable is paramount in today's society. It simply has to be done in order to prevent these needless deaths and bankruptcies. The increased level of government intervention that would be required to make this happen is just a necessary evil. I don't know about you, but I don't want to become a part of a depressing statistic because I can't afford healthcare."
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  • +5 +10 -5 Sara G. Apr. 27, 2012
    "I believe in the necessity of healthcare in the United States, both emotionally and intellectually. Healthcare costs are high, it's true, but if every person in the United States had healthcare (especially the 46.3 million Americans who are uninsured), it would drive down the cost of healthcare and actually save the US economy $65-130 billion annually. With healthcare, general US society would be healthier, more productive, and more active in society as a whole. Most of the shortcomings of healthcare as we know it now come from the fact that not everyone is insured. It is a fundamental right of our modern world to be guaranteed healthcare, and the time has come for universal healthcare to become a universal reality. In comparing the US to other developed nations, it lags far behind in the process of guaranteeing healthcare; in fact, it seems almost primitive that the US, once one of the world's pioneers in the territory of universal healthcare, has fallen so far behind in achieving the one of FDR's original goals. Everyone experiences ill health some time in their lives, and it should be ensured that everyone has the right to get well again. The only way to ensure this, therefore, is healthcare."
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    • 0 0 0 Leo Failoni Oct. 17, 2013
      "The fact that other countries provide a larger amount of healthcare is irrelevant. Unless you believe that what is moral or logical is decided by consensus. If this is the case than 2000 years ago slavery was moral and the world was flat."
  • +4 +9 -5 Lynn Jul. 29, 2012
    "Yes - because it's the right thing to do. Sure we may disagree on how to do it, but who wants to deny another human being health care? The Affordable Health Care Act is a start."
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    • +1 +1 0 Leo Failoni Oct. 17, 2013
      "By what standard is it the right thing to do?"
  • +4 +5 -1 Andy R Apr. 27, 2012
    "All Americans do deserve the right to affordable healthcare. The words of the Declaration of Independence declare life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to be undeniable rights to all Americans. This declaration makes no mention of any form of wealth required to guarantee these rights and no case law established since has granted equal protection under the law to only the wealthiest Americans. In not providing healthcare to those whom cannot afford it, the government is doing nothing to ensure many American’s right to life. This website lists several arguments in favor of providing healthcare to all Americans; one such argument being that those who lack healthcare report greater a greater number of cases of depression and stress. One cannot enjoy the many freedoms given to them by the constitution if they are held down by depression as a result of not having medical coverage in the case of an accident."
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  • +4 +8 -4 Gabriel Apr. 18, 2012
    "The Mayflower Compact ( which insipered the Constitution) states that all people have the right to the pursuit of hapiness. But you can't be happy if you're lying in the hospital sick but not gettin any help because you can't pay you're medical bills for doctors to help you get better. with this country as rich as it is can't give money for those people to get help."
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  • +4 +7 -3 Isaac bosley Apr. 16, 2012
    "I think healthcare should be entitled to all american citizens because what happens if my grandmother falls to the ground and she doesn't have healthcare."
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    • +1 +1 0 Leo Failoni Oct. 17, 2013
      "The more important question is why a person should be taxed help your grandmother when she fall to the ground."
  • +4 +5 -1 Afrommi Mar. 27, 2012
    "The answer to the question should not hang or be base on cost. The questions is if they "have the right". We all pay taxes. Out of those taxes we pay, medical research receives grants. If we all have to contribute to medical research, then it is fair and just to assume that we all have the right. Why should we the people pay for research if not everyone can benefit? Why shout the hard working average American be contented to pay for research for the top 20% best health care. I think when the government stop using our taxes for medical research then the government can say that only those who can afford it can have the right. All over the world, health care is a right and it is paid for with their citizens taxes. We already pay for the health care of Supreme Court Justices, the congress the senate and the executive branch. Don't they work for us. Then if we are their employer why should we pay for their health care."
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  • +4 +15 -11 Mark Smith Sep. 13, 2011
    "ALL Americans should be provided with health care. Those that can afford it should pay their way...but 50 million Americans, either by reason of mental or physical illness, lack of education, inability to find employment, or other reasons beyond their control, need access to Gov't sponsored care...and it is the obligation of more fortunate Americans to provide this. Let the wealthy pay a little more in taxes and all Americans can have healthcare. The most wealthy in our country need to remember that their assets are earned on the backs of the poor. The wealthy of this country need to stop worrying about their bottom line and begin to acknowledge that they are so fortunate because of the grace of God...and the work provided by their employees, not because they are more deserving! Let them walk in the shoes of those less fortunate for even a day, and those who still possess a soul will change their self-serving agenda and gladly give a very small portion of their fortunes, so that the average American can take his/her 6 year old child to the pediatrician!!!"
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  • +4 +14 -10 Trannon Aug. 3, 2011
    "Yes, because we have a RIGHT to life and proper treatment is essential to life. Secondly, the Hippocratic Oath essentially says it is."
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    • +3 +5 -2 Chris Nov. 20, 2011
      "You have a RIGHT to be responsible and plan ahead. Why should everyone suffer because you didn't plan ahead?"
  • +3 +6 -3 shearylon Oct. 15, 2012
    "I am a pro i think everyone should have the right to health care because many americians are dying from things like cancer and i think everyone should have health care."
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    • 0 0 0 Leo Failoni Oct. 17, 2013
      "Does the possibility of an individual dying from healthcare entitle them to the actuality of forcibly taking away the money of a person who earned it."
    • -1 0 -1 sheary Oct. 16, 2012
      "thx shearylon i think the same and thx for replying me."
  • +3 +4 -1 Rebecca Rebic Oct. 5, 2012
    "Maybe not free but affordable! There are people out there, like in jail, that get free healthcare and then they're people that have plenty of money to afford it, but what about the people in between? Hard workers that can't pay enough to get good healthcare to take care of themselves and families. If nobody could get it there would be problems but there would be problems if everyone could too. I think there should be healthcare plans specifically tailored to certain incomes so that everyone can get help at a rate that works for them and nobody is left out or getting a "free ride"."
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  • +3 +4 -1 Kimberly Stone Sep. 15, 2012
    "It is in our Nation's long-term best interest to have a population that is ready to learn early in life, physical fit to serve and to participte in life and work. By putting corporate profit before people's health, the US has created generations of people who are unhealthy - physically & mentally. I would rather have some of my tax money go to give all children a good start and proper nutritional education. When a government's mandate puts human health & caution above profit, people develop faith in a shared vision for their nation, in each other. A healthy child is a smarter child and becomes a smarter citizen."
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  • +3 +3 0 BK Sep. 6, 2012
    "As the wealthiest nation in the world, we should be ashamed to have any uninsured citizens. What are our Insurance Commissioners doing?"
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    • 0 0 0 Leo Failoni Oct. 17, 2013
      "Does the fact that a person has money mean that they should be ashamed to not spend it."
  • +3 +4 -1 Christian D Barker Aug. 22, 2012
    "I am PRO healthcare/ Obama-care because all american's have a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. To stay alive at least an avg. american life span (79 years) you NEED healthcare. To have liberty you NEED Healthcare because it is a basic human right. To at least attempt to pursuit happiness one must be able to pursuit."
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  • +3 +13 -10 Susan Jul. 28, 2011
    "Yes of course all people should have health care and that also includes dental. This should be available to all living people.Just where is the compassion and concern for your fellow neighbor, and where is the respect for life? Our government should provide this, no excuses. Money is spent on other not even important issues but our medical and dental is not there. If you do get medical through the gov, they are making it more expensive for needy people and not covering medications that are needed, this too should be addressed. This is a sad very sad situtation!"
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  • +3 +12 -9 Cassi Jul. 12, 2011
    "Because everyone will eventually get sick or hurt themselves. Why should we have to choose between paying a necessary bill over our health?"
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    • +5 +5 0 Chris Nov. 20, 2011
      "Because that's life. Be a responsible adult and plan ahead. It shouldn't be the governments role to bail you out when you screw up. Put on your big girl pants and be responsible."
    • +1 +2 -1 ashly Apr. 25, 2012
      "getting sick isn't "screwing up" It just simply happens. There are people that are unable to work or that have other circumstances. Some bad things unexplainably happen, not every aspect of what we do is entirely on ones self. You can do your best to come back from some of those bad things. But there are cases in which some cannot. Planning ahead isn't a garauntee to your health. Having it as a right is. If you have the option between the guarantee of a life threatening surgery and a non life threatening surgery, aren't you going to choose the non life threatening one first?"
  • +2 +2 0 Jen Dec. 13, 2013
    "Everybody should have healthcare for free so it can be equal. Obama is trying hard to fix the website and all the greedy people just want to keep being snobs. They should be the one's paying all the taxes."
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  • +2 +2 0 George Fisher Oct. 2, 2013
    "Having lived in a country with universal healthcare I can actually say that it works. My 76 year old mother was taken into hospital due to having an irregular heartbeat, unlike what some people claim that she would be put on a waiting list for the necessary treatment, she was treated there and then. She was taken into surgery and had a pacemaker fitted that very night. Of course there are waiting lists but I personally believe that non-elective surgery such as heart surgery is more important than elective surgery such as having your tonsils removed, or hip surgery. If you are wondering what country I'm talking about, it's the UK."
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  • +2 +6 -4 Gabriel Apr. 18, 2012
    "What about the bpeople in the country that are unemployed and can not afford heath care. Should we just forget about them or help them? WWJD( what would Jesus do)"
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  • +1 +1 0 June Kriebel Nov. 10, 2013
    "yes, if they want it and at a price they can afford, therefore it should be affordable. Also, those that DO have it, it should not be changed except for the better and certainly the price should not go up incl. co-pays and deductibles. We are being screwed at every turn! Obama's change has been for the worst and congress is a bunch of Arians! Obama is the fall guy without a backbone and Boehner is a bully. Congress should be forced to take a pay cut as well as the president! LEAVE THE WORKING MIDDLE CLASS ALONE! WE MAKE AT THE MOST $36000.00 A YEAR GROSS! WHAT IS YOUR PROBLEM? GO PICK ON THE WEALTHY WHO CAN AFFORD IT!!! SHAME ON YOU"
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  • +1 +1 0 Kristine Sep. 30, 2013
    "Every American deserves to have some form of health insurance, because getting sick, breaking a leg or arm, or getting into some form accident is inevitable. This whole affordable health care act may not be perfect BUT it is a start to give American people health insurance that they need. Because not having insurance is a HUGE risk, yes you may be healthy now but you don't know what will happen to you tomorrow, or in the next few days, weeks or months. Having insurance protects you from the thousands of dollars you would pay out of pocket if you don't have insurance. I'd rather pay a monthly payment for insurance and a $20 copay than pay $8000 out of pocket for a doctor to fix a broken leg or arm. Americans need to begin making their health one of their top priorities, and having some form of health care is a good way to start."
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  • +1 +1 0 Maureen Bensman Aug. 23, 2013
    "To the core, it feels like it is a human right, an ethical obligation to treat all humans with dignity and respect, and health care, at the very basic level, fulfills this human core need."
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  • +1 +1 0 Lee Arsenault Jul. 1, 2013
    "The Riches Country in the World is a model to all others Countries to follow because its the right thing to do."
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  • +1 +3 -2 Nora D Apr. 23, 2013
    "Americans should be entitled to universal health care because with the US priding itself on treating everyone equally we fail to help those who need but cannot afford medical care. 700,000 people go bankrupt each year due to medical bills and a big portion of that number is the lower class that cannot afford medical care. In the Preamble of the Constitution it states "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." If we provide education for all we should provide medical care for all. In this day and age medical care and education are two of the most basic needs of citizens and every American should be entitled to them."
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  • +1 +3 -2 meredith Sep. 21, 2012
    "i am a pro because the people that don't have health care need it. If they get sick, they have no doctor. And, if they can't pay, the people who are sick might not get the correct medicine"
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  • +1 +8 -7 sydney toth Feb. 3, 2012
    "i think that everyone in the world should get free healthcare because no matter how much you make or how good or bad your job is everyone has the equal right to diserve free and reliable healthcare!!! Cause if not then this world is a sick and cruel place! i think the government needs to get there act together and provide free and reliable healthcare to everyone in the USA!!!"
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  • 0 0 0 Ella Mar. 17, 2014
    "Why should a person have to suffer and die because they can't afford their medical bills?"
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  • 0 +1 -1 Veronica Feb. 2, 2014
    "Yes, because I agree that the right to healthcare for all will help save lives. Also with the proper healthcare will help reduce the spread of illness."
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  • 0 +2 -2 Ann May. 8, 2013
    "Americans all want to have health care in case something happens to them or a loved one."
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  • 0 +2 -2 Dimitrios P Apr. 30, 2013
    "I do believe that US citizens should be entitled to health care because in the Declaration of Independence it states that citizens are entitled to the unalienable right to "Life", the government has a duty to promote the general welfare, and because healthcare prices are at an all time high and not every citizen is able to afford the help."
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  • 0 +2 -2 Matthew C Apr. 24, 2013
    "Americans should be entitled to health care. Because healthcare is not a right the United States has a fairly poor record of health compared to other developed nations. Some may say that giving universal health care to all will decrease the quality and availability of health care, however with the highest prostate and breast cancer survival rates who would not want to share this great treatment to some who cannot afford it but still need it. By giving universal health care no one would have to worry about the cost of it and the 62.1% of all bankruptcies in the U.S. in 2007 of because of medical expenses would greatly be decreased. It definitely is not someone’s fault if they have poor health and cannot afford it. By giving universal health care the productivity of the economy would definitely increase. As well there would not be any worries for people because all would be covered. By making health care a right for United States citizens would definitely be a step in the right direction if the U.S. wants to get healthier as a whole."
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  • 0 +2 -2 Jake B. Apr. 23, 2013
    "I'm pro on this issue because, hypothetically, if all citizens were to have health care, the cost of health should go down. As the companies do not need to charge as much in order to make a profit, the cost of healthcare goes down. Unfortunately, in reality, the chances of the companies actually lowering prices are abysmal at best, so I believe we should have universal health care for the reason that I believe it is a human right to have health care rather than a marketable good."
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  • 0 +2 -2 Matt W Apr. 23, 2013
    "In my opinion, all Americans should in fact be entitled to health care. Straight from the Constitution and Declaration of Independence, citizens' 'right to life' and the government's responsibility to 'promote the general welfare' should not be subject to interpretation or debate. Incorporating this system would bring the United States up to the level of the world's other developed countries but also allow less fortunate individuals access the same high standard of medical care granted to those who are able to afford all of what they need on their own. As the fair thing to do, it would ultimately stimulate the economy and positively affect the health of all Americans."
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  • 0 +2 -2 Courtney Apr. 23, 2013
    "When you read of the countless lives lost and the lack of ability for so many to get medical treatment in desperate times, it is hard case to argue that the same government that invests so much in holding criminals in jail and providing them with health care should not provide every day hard working citizens with the same privileges. Every other democratic and developed country has provided their citizens with health care, therefore, the country that is seen by many as a wealthy world power should be doing the same. Under the constitution, rights such as freedom of speech, freedom of the press , and freedom of religion are protected. I believe that in today's society the same government officials that work every day to maintain those rights should see in the importance in guaranteeing the right to health care for all."
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  • 0 +2 -2 Amber A. Apr. 23, 2013
    "Although the United States is the richest and most industrialized nation on Earth we are still the only developed nation in the world that does not guarantee health care. The United Kingdom has a health care plan called NHS (National Health Service). It provides free healthcare to all permanent residence of the UK and is maintained by the public health service. Since 1948, the NHS has become the world's largest and most efficient publicly funded healthcare system. America should follow in the UK’s footsteps. The highly supported system should be used as an example for the American people. A healthcare system enacted by the U.S government will improve public health, reduce overall heathcare spending, and stop medical bankruptcy. The concern of using tax revenue to find this is explained by the social contract that states that those being governed must give up certain rights in order to be kept safe by the government."
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  • 0 +2 -2 Joan F Apr. 23, 2013
    "We spend more than any other country in the world for health care per capita, yet we are not near the top in the quality or our care, clearly it is time for a change. The preamble guarantees our citizens the right to life, but we can not say we guarantees the right to life with out guaranteeing heath care to all. In the US different socioeconomic classes have different life expectancy, but once people turn 65 they all have the same file expectancy regardless of economics. The one thing that changes at age 65 is the government provides health insurance for everyone. Clearly where it has been implemented in our country government sponsored heath care has worked."
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  • 0 +2 -2 Em Mar. 3, 2013
    "I am seventeen and dealing with terribly scary symptoms that ruin my daily life. I am very ill every day. I take care of my health and am very conscious of healthy living & eating whole foods but I am still very ill. We lost our good insurance because my moms job moved far away. Now I am having to wait weeks and weeks and just HOPING that this new insurance plan will accept me. I feel like death and I can't even afford to find out what is WRONG. This isn't fair. Everyone should be able to have free/affordable health care if they choose! I mean schools are non profit but why is health care? :( I can't describe how sad this makes me... for me to get help from a doctor without this new insurance company accepting me, my parents would be in debt for the rest of their lives. :( Please consider, if you were in this situation where you were in unbearable pain each and every day but couldn't get help. What would YOU Want?"
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    • 0 0 0 Julie Sep. 12, 2013
      "Sweetie, your case is heartbreaking but you've missed a fact of life or two. NOTHING is free: public schools are paid for by millage taxes from the pockets of homeowners. The only people who don't pay for their children to attend public school are renters, in which case, their children are getting free education on the backs of those of us who've worked hard and saved up and bought a home. And your parents would be paying for your "free" health coverage from much higher taxes -- the government can't just pull money out of the air to cover health insurance. It's a cruel fact, but life is unfair, and nothing comes for free."
  • 0 +2 -2 Me Jan. 28, 2013
    "Everyone deserves healthcare! Just because you can'a afford health care, does't mean you shouldn't deserve a healthy lifestyle. Yes, the constitution said "promote welfare, don't provide it."...many people per year go bankrupt due to medical bills! How is that "promoting welfare"??"
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  • 0 +2 -2 Katherine Jan. 13, 2013
    "The con side may argue that "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." To reply to this statement, which is fairly selfish, do you have no pity? How could a human being say this statement without thinking how others must feel watching their family member die right in front of their eyes, KNOWING that they could get the care they need but won't get it because they're not insure? Do you stop to think, "What if that was my mom, dad, aunt, uncle, grandparents, child, and/or friend that was passing away right in front of me. Wouldn't you do anything to keep them alive and well?"
    -Katherine"
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  • 0 +2 -2 smiley face : ) Jan. 13, 2013
    "Access to health care is should be a basic right of every person in modern civilized society. In the absence of a universal health care program, such as in the United States, health insurance plans should have the ability to provide decent health care to all people at affordable cost. Without health insurance, the uninsured will have shorter life spans and will not be able to give as much to society. The government should provide health insurance to those who cannot afford it because proper healthcare will insure that everyone lives productive and fruitful lives. Access to health insurance will increase economic productivity and reduce the number of medical bankruptcies."
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  • 0 +2 -2 Jamillia Bronson Jan. 9, 2013
    "WE SHOULD HAVE HEALTHCARE SIMPLY BECAUSE IT MAKES PEOPLE FEEL BETTER KNOWING THAT IF THEY HAVE IT THEY WILL NOT BE TURNED DOWN DUE TO THEIR FINANCIAL SITUATION !!!"
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  • 0 +2 -2 JOHANNA MCDONALD Jan. 8, 2013
    "HAVING THE ABILITIES TO KEEP YOUR HEALTH CARE THAT YOU CAN AFFORD IS KEY TO STAYING HEALTHY AND HAPPY KNOWING YOU ARE PROTECTED BE GOOD PEOPLE ALL THE TIME. I THINK WE SHOULD ALL BE ABLE TO HAVE HEALTH CARE WE CAN AFFORD."
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  • 0 +2 -2 Olivia Nov. 28, 2012
    "Everyone deserves the right to be taken care of and given quality care. Just because someone cannot afford it does not mean they do not have the right to healthcare! We live in America, land of the plentiful, so no one should have to suffer because they cannot afford it. That is just not the way to do it. Universal healthcare provides quality healthcare for everyone and allows people to truly all be equal."
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  • 0 +2 -2 concerned Nov. 28, 2012
    "All Americans should have good access to healthcare. With that "right" should come the responsibility/privilege to be as healthy as a person is able to be. We need to provide the education and affordable choices for good health behaviors like proper eating and exercise habits moreso then we need to pay for everybody's pills. Rights without responsibilities can never be sustained."
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  • 0 0 0 Karen Nov. 27, 2012
    "Private companies should not be allowed to determine who gets health care and who does not because profit will always come before care. It is much more costly to tax payers when so many people are un-insured in the long run anyway. Apart from the cost, no one should have to worry about going bankrupt or losing their savings because of an illness. Not having health care available for everyone is morally corrupt. Universal health care is provided in other industrialized nations and it works. The insurance companies make huge profits in this country, and have been successful in brainwashing Americans to believe that their freedom would be taken away if they had health care they could depend on. How sad that so many Americans can't see this."
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  • 0 +1 -1 Maddy Orlando Nov. 14, 2012
    "I think everybody should because when you think about it,the goal of our world is to keep a stable society. If a bunch of people are sick, we will spread more disease. If we provide heatlhcare,we can take care of it before it spreads."
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  • 0 +1 -1 Ismaila Singley Nov. 11, 2012
    "Healthcare is a right. Everyone has the right to be healthy unless God says otherwise. Everyone has the right to choose what they do with their body as long as they do not hurt anyone."
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  • 0 0 0 marlyn green Nov. 1, 2012
    "I'm a pro on health care i belive everyone should have the right to live and not die because they don't have money for the medicine or treatment that they need i think it would be very wrong to make people pay to get wealthy again thats just wrong you can catch a sickness with a blink of an eye and they expect you to pay for it money does not grow on tree's you know"
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  • 0 +3 -3 Sarah Quigg Jun. 10, 2012
    "I am a British teen and next year my mom+i are planning to move to the US. The only thing holding us back is health insurance. We love america but we will not be able to afford heath care especially because we have a poor medical record from previous generations."
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  • 0 +3 -3 kathiep Jun. 9, 2012
    "Universal health care seems to work in Canada, New Zealand, Germany, Sweden, Netherlands, and on and on. Not exactly crazy socialist countries.The way it is set up here in the US is insane. Think about, insurance companies that will only insure healthy people. It's all about the money and it will never change. I actually have great insurance, but as soon as my asthmatic kid grows up, she is screwed. We are looking into moving out of this insane and greedy country now before they lock the borders to keep the us out."
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  • 0 +4 -4 leslie Jun. 1, 2012
    """Perfect example of a caring country and people that live there"" Just back from Victoria- Big Success! David Foster raised 4.6 million dollars to support his charity, The David Foster Foundation-- another wonderful example of Canadian healthcare. On top of everyone having healthcare, there are Canadians with big hearts, raising money for the medical needs of families ... When a child needs a transplant, the family may have to take time off work and fly across the country. This foundation supplies support, so they can concentrate on their child and not worry about all the rest. Pamela Anderson"
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  • 0 +4 -4 JoAnne May. 31, 2012
    "If we can afford Military in 175 countries and congressmen & woman covered by gov't plan for life we can build an affordable plan for every American Citizen.. .Medical Care is a human right everyone should have access, no one should die from lack of!!"
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    • +1 +1 0 Leo Failoni Oct. 17, 2013
      "We can't afford these things."
  • 0 +3 -3 pattikins May. 24, 2012
    "mental health covered in legislation with health coverage"
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  • 0 +4 -4 Amelia Apr. 30, 2012
    "I live in New Zealand and am SO HAPPY to live in a country that will provide you with healthcare when you really need it, even if you are 'the poorest of the poor'.
    I myself am very healthy but I know that I have been fortunate and am happy that my taxes will pay for a homeless man with mental health issues to have an operation if he needs one.
    Shouldn't this be a basic service covered by our governments? Obviously the economy will not provide this for everyone.
    If I had an accident tomorrow and needed medical care I would get it without arguing with a heartless insurance company. Yaaay!"
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    • 0 0 0 Leo Failoni Oct. 17, 2013
      "The heart is not the part of the human body that decided what is the reasonable thing to do."
  • 0 +3 -3 Mason M Apr. 27, 2012
    "In my personal opinion, all Americans shpuld have the right to healthcare. I feel this way because at some point in everyones lives, they are going to get injured, sick, and ultimatley die. Therefore, at some point in everyones life, they are going to need healhcare...so why deprive people of this right? Also, there is a growing number of unemployed, poor, and helpless people who cant provide for themselves. What happens when these people, who can provide for themselves, get sick or injured? If healthcare was a right of all citizens, then these people, depite not having money, would still be able to receive care. To me, helping these people and saving lives is a very important thing. It puzzles me how one would not want to help others. At end of the day, helping one and other is the last thing we have as a nation and the only thing that keeps us together. Thus, making healthcare a right would make this bond stronger."
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  • 0 +3 -3 Rebecca R Apr. 27, 2012
    "Health care should be available to everyone no matter what background financially they have. The right to health care should be considered a civil right. During the summer I worked at a hospital in New York and made home visits to some of the richest and some of the poorest people. It made me realize that everyone is the same no matter how much money they have. Each illness should be treated the same regardless of their backgrounds. We should want to help others survive. Ther reason why America is so great is because it is the land of the free. To think that someone would rather see another suffer than give a few tax dollars to say them, disgusts me. Everyone should have the right to afforadable healthcare! A life is a life!"
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  • 0 +4 -4 Bruce Apr. 3, 2012
    "Why should tax payers give $Billions to Corporate Welfare Bums but are willing let people suffer with illness or die because of there lack of money?
    Why was it OK to spend $Billions on the phoney IRAQ war which gave Corporate Welfare Bums control of IRAQI oil but have the American Tax payer fund it. Is not investing in the health of ones citizens a better investment?"
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  • 0 +6 -6 Allan Jan. 31, 2012
    "Generally yes, we should follow the example of other developed nations with universal coverage for almost all health care, but not any and all forms of health care. Expanding Medicare to include everyone would solve many of its financial problems since those added would generally be younger and healthier. In the end we would have a healthier country and probably save money."
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  • 0 +6 -6 Matt Jan. 16, 2012
    "When you hear these tragic stories of people losing limbs and even their lives at an unnecessary lose then yes it should be a right. Anyone that has health insurance can see that the whole business is corrupt. They will stop at nothing to find away to decline you of something your entitled to, your life. Then all this talk about socialism and how terrible it is. For the most part it is false. France as the number 1 healthcare in the world while we lay back at number 37, but yet it is socialized. Even though many people still disagree with socialized healthcare, there definitely should be some regulation. Insurance companies are corrupt and need to be profit regulated because they are becoming much to powerful and sucking the life out of middle class Americans. I recently had shoulder surgery and i had healthcare, but i still have $3,000 in unpaid medical bills. I'm 19 years old how can I pay that off will my insurance is already expensive as is? There needs to be change in America it used to be the greatest country in the world and now we are the butt of a joke to the rest of the developed world and our healthcare is just a small part of that."
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  • 0 +6 -6 Cheyenne Jan. 6, 2012
    "I am pro to everyone getting the right to healthcare because like my sister she had a liver transplant and when obomacare took place my sister is able to have health care for pre existing conditions, that help pay for her medicine that she needs for the rest of her life and if that is taken away then we would have to pay for her meds, and have to stuggle to get by. We are in the middle class and dont get that much money coming in, my family lives paycheck to paycheck. So I am pro for everyone having health care, so people like my family dont have that worry about pre existing problems."
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  • 0 +8 -8 SickNTired Dec. 12, 2011
    "Insurance companies operate on a profit margin. Sometimes people may die because the decision has been made by profit. Companies are in business to make a profit not to make sure everyone is healthy."
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  • 0 +9 -9 Sandy Garber Nov. 30, 2011
    "Yes ! I'm a hard working 51 year old white woman who works two jobs and lives pay check to pay check. I can not even afford to go to a clinic who charges to much when I'm sick. I have to work when I'm very I'll. Why is it that drug addicts , illegal alians,young girls on welfare can get free medical but I can't ? What is wrong with this picture ? I need a doctor, I need medicine,I can not get it ! Why does this country pic and choose who can qualify ? If one group can get it for free, then the people who actually work HARD can't afford to get have it ,should get it also ! Im not a rocket scientist but even I know fare is fare ! We all should be able to get medical ! Either everyone can have it who can't afford it or none of us who can't afford it should have it !"
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  • 0 +7 -7 James Lee Oct. 14, 2011
    "I am very much pro national healthcare, for all the reasons listed on the comparison list but mainly as a movement toward humanitarian principles, human dignity, and a step towards an enlightened future for a revival of solidarity within the US, and civilization as a whole."
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  • 0 +10 -10 a Oct. 12, 2011
    "Dear Goldie,
    This is a direct response to your comment. Your statements about people who come to the USA to benifit only from "our charities" is sadly misguided. In any health care bill, there would be a stipulation that you must be a citizen to get regular free health care. Do you have a problem with the fact the people want to move to the United States and become a citizen because it has many benifits, health care being one? This is one of the greatest nations on earth, and the fact that people would move here because of the benifits is a triumph, not a failiure. People would also not do unhealty things because they would have to pay for health care. People do not get fat because they think it makes them unattractive and has health detriments. However, the health detriments do not go away with proper medical care. Do you also think that people would not care about the pain of an accident, becausethey do not have to pay for recovery. Do you also have a problem with the fact that hungry people can get food? We need to help our most disadvantaged members."
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  • 0 +11 -11 Anonymous Sep. 22, 2011
    "Everyone deserves help. Universal health care is atleast a way to start, if imperfect."
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  • 0 +17 -17 Derek Jun. 12, 2011
    "Some peoples disregard for human life absolutely disgusts me. Telling those who cannot afford health care to basically 'Go #$%^ them selves" is the most unpatriotic and immoral thing I have ever heard."
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  • 0 +14 -14 Shamira May. 3, 2011
    "We all should have healthcare, millions of people prefer to die in the hospital than sell their home. they dont want leave their family pon the street.. i dont think is fair."
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  • -1 +7 -8 marvin nubwaxer Nov. 28, 2011
    "if the rich were not making war on the middle class and the poor more people would have health insurance. What we want is health care available for everyone and payments made through the government to CONTROL the costs which the medical industry will not do."
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  • -1 +7 -8 anita Nov. 23, 2011
    "according to the constitution you are given the right to life health care helps you stay alive people rich or poor, able to pay or not should have health care"
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  • -1 +7 -8 Ava Bowen Nov. 21, 2011
    "everyone would have healthcare and do not have to worry about the tremendous bills for a little cold or flu.

    the people are still technically paying for healthcare but through thier tax money that they pay to the government."
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  • -1 +6 -7 naksuthin Oct. 26, 2011
    "Well, I believe every baby has a right to life...even a fetus that has severe medical complications cannot survive without intensive medical care.
    So it follows logically, that if a fetus has a right to life, it also has a right to the medical care it needs to maintain that life.
    There's no use in protecting the life of an unborn fetus only to have it die 5 minutes after birth because the mother has no access to medical care.
    But that's just what is happening in many 3rd world countries where abortion is illegal but good medical care is available only to those who can afford it.

    If we cannot make medical care a right, I would have to rethink my position on abortion of a severely medically challenged fetus'.
    I put my animals to sleep to ease their suffering. How could I note wish the same human fetus"
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  • -1 +8 -9 ZF Oct. 11, 2011
    "Healthcare should provide for everybody because people have right equal by bill of right. Rest of them who doesn't have healthcare they have to get too because they human we're all equal people."
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  • -1 +8 -9 Joan R. Sep. 21, 2011
    "I feel as American's we should have the right to receive healthcare, and that those who cannot afford to buy a plan, should pay based on their income.
    If people do not get health care when first feeling ill, their condition could get worse, then if they need to be hospitalized it will cost a lot more than the initial treatment of antibiotics, as an example.
    Having clinics available for those of low income could encourage people to have annual check ups for themselves and their families.
    With today's economic problems, most people cannot afford to miss work, due to a long term illness, with worry of being replaced.
    With the baby boomer generation reaching retirement age, our elderly population will explode. Most of these boomer's did not have to go on to college for a good job back in their day, and some are losing their positions at their jobs, and with it, their benefits, or their job in general is gone. This too will put a burden on the number of American's requiring healthcare insurance from the state or government.
    Maybe we could have physicians and nurses volunteer some of their time at clinic's, just like some law firms take on indigent clients to give back to the community.
    Joan R."
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  • -2 +7 -9 Greg Sep. 15, 2011
    "To Mr One Size Fits All.

    Young people that are not healthy will not always be young and healthy, that is a irrefutable fact. In the end it equals out."
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  • -2 +7 -9 Damon Mills Aug. 29, 2011
    "We already have the right to health care. Nobody can deny you health care - except those that don't want to give it away to you for free. You don't have the right to force others to pay for your health care, this would be infringing on their personal property rights. Our government was created and designed around the premise of "individual" liberties and not group liberties. The entire design of the constitution was to limit the power of the group over the individual. See my blog at Wordpress - LibertarianOrBust"
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  • -2 +14 -16 elLobo47 Jul. 22, 2011
    "46.3 million people (3 MB) in the United States (15.4% of the US population) did not have health insurance in 2008.

    The US is estimated to have the highest prostate and breast cancer survival rates (1 MB) in the world.

    62.1% of all US bankruptcies in 2007 were related to medical expenses (119 KB) . Approximately 78% of medical bankruptcies were filed by people who had health insurance.

    Out of the 193 member states of the World Health Organization, the United States ranked #1 in per capita health care expenditures ($6,719) (71 KB) .

    The United States is one of the few, if not the only, developed nation in the world that does not guarantee health coverage (1 MB) for its citizens.

    Let's join the rest of the developed world!"
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    • +1 +3 -2 Chris Nov. 20, 2011
      "Yeah! Let's jump on the bandwagon and ride into mediocracy!"
  • -3 +4 -7 Kim Nov. 30, 2011
    "I wrote a whole report on this. Just look at the Declaration of Independence. It states that "All men have the unalienable right to life." That means that everyone should be entitled to health care. There is even a quote from Mr. Franklin Roosevelt, the 32nd US President, saying that there is a Bill of Rights stating that "The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health." There's even more Pro comments than Cons."
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    • 0 0 0 KimS Oct. 6, 2013
      "Why would you think that because the Declaration of Independence states "all men have the unalienable right to life" that it meant that they all had the right to health insurance????"
  • -3 +6 -9 Fred Nov. 12, 2011
    "Since the U.S. is a mixed economy there are some things that capitalism should not effect, health care being one of these things. Reading through most of the arguments on the con side they seem to only use money as a reason support their claim. Therefore, they are assuming that money is more important than life, which it is not.

    However, I don't support free health care for individuals who, knowing the repercussions, choose to put themselves on the path to bad health. For these individuals I'd suggest they do pay for health care.

    Hypothetically, I'm assuming that either side is black or white in terms of yes or no for health care being a right. For example I'm assuming that the yes side is assuming that all health care, like public education, will be free. I'm assuming the no side is completely against it, thus, believing that money should equal medical attention.

    If this is actually passed and made a right, I think that just like college and private schools, there will be some types of health care that is not supported by the government.

    So, I'm completely for the right to life or death health care. I also think that a lot of people on the con side are letting their wallets think for them, when this is a matter of the heart."
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  • -3 +5 -8 V. Taylor Nov. 10, 2011
    "Single payer or hybrid government programs work because most industrialized nations who have these plans pay less for their health care and have much better health ratings. Single payer is cost effective and will produce better results. Let us not confuse individual rights with the rights and benefits offered by communities and governments for their citizens. Do we have a right of fire protection for our houses? ... but as a community we come together to provide that service through public fire departments. Do we have a right of police protection...same story. Do we have a right to protect our borders from foreign invasion? ...again same story. Now what is the Hippocratic oath of the medical profession? Does it really have meaning for doctors? I think you will find that it does. In line with the moral mission of the medical prefession, all people in a modern industrialized nation should be provided equal health care by and through communal efforts of the society. It is ethical, in line with the Hippocratic Oath, and the most important aid to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness expressed in the Bill of Rights."
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  • -3 +6 -9 Chloe Sep. 16, 2011
    "Health Care is most defitnetly a PRO becasue every single human being should have health care coverage. I am a diabetic, so health care means quite alot to me, and my insurance already stinks. I have to pay hundreds of dollars for medical equipment, that keeps me ALIVE! If i didn't have any of the supplies that i need, i wouldn't be here today. Health Covrage should be offered to every human being out there, even if they can't pay for it! It should be free!"
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    • +3 +4 -1 Chris Nov. 20, 2011
      "Everyone needs food too. Should that be free? And what about water? Free too? Housing? FREE! Clothing? FREE! Recreational activites? FREE!

      You need to grow up. Surprise! You have to work for things in the real world. You can just sit around expecting things you need to be given to you."
  • -4 +7 -11 Juanita Bonita Feb. 16, 2012
    "go obama!!!"
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  • -4 +3 -7 Matthew Dec. 22, 2011
    "There are many reasons, costs will go down, the US pays more than any other nation on Earth. Waiting lines in Canada, which were a common sight on right-wing media during the debate were fixed in 2003 when PM Martin made reform that made them decrease. Most importantly, if one person does not have health care and has a contagious infection everyone around that person, children, elders, immune-compromised people, and ordinary teenagers and middle-aged people are at risk of catching the infection and increasing waiting lines and costs for everyone. We then see a situation where an epidemic becomes a lot more likely where if the person who started the epidemic had had coverage than it would've been stopped. People lose work because they don't have health care and then go on unemployment, wasting tax dollars. People lose limbs, and they can't afford to pay for it and become a financial burden for the rest of their lives. The USA pays more per capita on health care than any other nation in the world, and to be completely honest our care is not superior other nations, it is on par which wastes everyone's money. There are more reasons, but I feel like this enough to outline on how everyone will benefit from Universal Health Care."
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  • -4 +3 -7 Renee' Dec. 4, 2011
    "I can't believe that anyone would be against this America is always talking that it cares for the poor and it cares for the less fortunate but not really how can we so rich in thingsa and not have health coverage, this is not ethical for the citizens. I am pro because first I think that it should have already been done, but better sooner than later."
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    • 0 0 0 Leo Failoni Oct. 17, 2013
      "By what standard is the healthcare plan ethical."
  • -4 +4 -8 Jared Dec. 3, 2011
    "Routine check ups will sight more minor issues at the beginning stages of major issues that will end up in the ER and all of a sudden the state is paying 4 times the amount for acute care than a road to a successful outcome, with a lowered bill on the state"
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  • -4 +13 -17 Bob, Canada Jun. 13, 2011
    "I believe that in the 21 century under Obama's presidency the USA has emerged from the Dark Ages and for that reason, all their citizens should be covered. There are too many people that suffer just because they can't afford to visit a doctor."
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    • 0 +2 -2 Cassi Jul. 12, 2011
      "Not to mention in this century, we have to contend with the baby boomers who are getting to the age where they NEED health care."
  • -8 +13 -21 Nicole Nov. 11, 2011
    "Every "CON" reason I see equates to greed. When you have been someone in the poverty bracket, and are in serious pain but cannot afford the care you need and so have to suffer as a result, THEN talk to me about your oh-so-important money. More and more, I'm not proud to be an American, especially with the Republicans promoting nothing but money over morals."
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    • +1 +1 0 ashly Apr. 25, 2012
      "Actually, some pro comments state that taxes would go up, therefore you're still paying, only it is less costly. For people groaning and moaning about how taxes are going to go up, you no longer pay a private health care provider and you don't have the worry of co pays and costly doctor bills for surgeries, scans & so on. I'm sure everyone on the pro side could agree that nothing is free, but it would be much more condensed and in the long run, much less costly. Something our nation should be worried about considering our poverty rates and job loss rates aren't exaclty going down. Taxes are something we get back every year while we claim the taxes we pay every year.. we can't claim a medical bill and get money back for it annually unless you "fit criteria.""
    • +1 +3 -2 Chris Nov. 20, 2011
      "Money over morals? No. You obviously do not understand the difference between a republican and a democrat. Republicans support state rights over national rights. Democrats support national rights over state rights."
    • 0 0 0 Leo Failoni Oct. 17, 2013
      "Is it then moral to forcibly take money away from a person who has rightfully earned it? In what way is this not greed?"
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    • 0 +2 -2 Frank Mar. 20, 2012
      "Every pro comment comes from people who think you can get something for nothing."

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  • +23 +46 -23 Joel Jan. 26, 2012
    "When I lived in Canada, a nation that provides health care through taxation (not free, mind you), there was a recurring issue of finances. When the government controls health care, they also control how to handle patients, from what prescriptions they can assign to what surgeries they can perform. Take, for example, Canada. They have a limited number of surgeries they can perform per year. So, if a lot of people have heart problems that year, and you need heart surgery, you may be so-outta-luck just because of the limits. In addition to this, to keep them from exceeding these limits, the doctors and surgeons actually attempt to talk people out of surgery. Personally, I used to have a disease called pilonidal abscess disease, where I had giant pits in my anal cleft that drained and were in constant pain. I tried to have it addressed when I was living in Canada. What I got was a sob story about a nameless little boy who got the surgery once and was reduced to a wheelchair, and a talk about how I should "reconsider my options". On the flip side, in America, I got solid facts. In fact, my surgeon was so prepared that he had exact percentages of success and possible side effects ready before I walked in. Government destroys quality."
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    • +2 +2 0 Richard E. Feb. 20, 2012
      "Thank you for sharing your story.

      We really need more people who have experienced "universal healthcare" firsthand to share their experiences (both good and bad)."
    • +1 +2 -1 Deborah Mar. 30, 2012
      "I have a friend in Canada who will be glad you spoke out for her. Her condition is almost a decade old, but she can't come to America, and just gets the same run arounds every year until they tell her to try again next year.

      People so often want a Mommy or Daddy to take care of them, protect them. But the government (though it''s taken good care of me, because I do it on My terms) is for the good of ALL, not the good of EACH. For the good of all, many ants and bees die. People don't realize what they are asking for. They needed your lesson.

      I am ***SO*** glad to hear the voice of reason from one of our Northern friends. Many, many thanks.
      With personal gratitude,
      Deborah"
    • 0 +1 -1 Lori Jun. 1, 2012
      "Just back from Victoria- Big Success! David Foster raised 4.6 million dollars to support his charity, The David Foster Foundation-- another wonderful example of Canadian healthcare. On top of everyone having healthcare, there are Canadians with big hearts, raising money for the medical needs of families ... When a child needs a transplant, the family may have to take time off work and fly across the country. This foundation supplies support, so they can concentrate on their child and not worry about all the rest.~~~ Pamela Anderson"
  • +21 +57 -36 Ava Bowen Nov. 21, 2011
    "the people would spend more time waiting than they would actually being cured.

    the taxes would go up

    the doctors in the hospitals would be paid less money than usual."
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    • +7 +10 -3 Gunner Mar. 5, 2012
      "Doctors get paid millions for their work. They can afford it."
    • +3 +3 0 Doc87 Feb. 28, 2013
      "Gunner and ashly you're responses are sickening. How about you do some research when it comes to physician salaries?
      Sure a small percentage own 5 cars and a mansion, but did it ever occur to you that people like me who want to go into primary care work between 10-15 years to pay off $300,000 in loans + Malinsurance + Basic cost of living before we get to the "millions" you believe we have under our mattresses? Ignorance at it's finest.
      I won't deny that most doctors live comfortable, middle-class lifestyles, but to think we're all living off "millions" is insulting. You try 7+ years of graduate school + raising a family + 300K in debts and then come back."
    • +1 +1 0 Jess Dec. 2, 2012
      "to ashly:
      a free will entitle long lines.
      think about it, the DMV(not free but see the lines?), WELFARE!
      allow yourself to visit a place compared to those and see how long the process and transaction is. Even hospitals are crowded of need of long lines full of patients in need of attention.

      Doctors study a life time to obtain their doctorade and expertise they have, one cannot ask them to do their work for less money. Work for what you want, don't take it it out from people that ACTUALLY DID SOMETHING WITH THEIR LIFE."
    • -2 +3 -5 ashly Apr. 25, 2012
      "First, the people would only spend time waiting because we don't have nearly as many medical facilities and hospitals open as we more than likely would have if we did end up having this right. Not only that, I'm sure if England, Cuba, and many other countries can do it and most of them say they don't withstand THAT long of a wait, I don't see our nation having that much of an issue. Second, of course taxes would go up, but people wouldn't have any problem affording those said taxes if 50% of them weren't bankrupt to begin with taking in the fact that 50% of those cases are because of medical bills in the first place. It would be one less major factor of worrysome money that poeple would have to worry about. excluding of course the "rich and powerful" because they have so much money that they can afford it no matter what. But they can't afford to help the nations poverty and they care so much about the nation? hmm, okay. Third, Doctor's make so much money that they live well beyond comfort. Therefore those who went into the practice to help people, shouldn't have much to say about taking a pay cut to help our sick and our poor. That is what our country is supposed to be all about. Isn't it?"
  • +13 +36 -23 a Sep. 19, 2011
    "Sure, we need some type of reform, but I personally believe that the way it was reformed was a step into the path of socialism."
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    • +2 +2 0 James Jan. 9, 2012
      "It IS socialism. They have just put a different name on it. "Universal.""
    • +1 +1 0 Courtney May. 28, 2012
      "What do you mean by socialism? Your breif statement sounds like a parrot repeating something rather than an informed argument against something. Can you describe what is wrong with ensuring all members of the society we call the United States of America have access to healthcare?"
    • 0 +1 -1 James Jun. 16, 2012
      "Socialism is a big, scary word that some like to throw around because others think it's scary without even knowing what it means.
      If UHC is Socialism that means that every other wealthy, industrialized nation is Socialist, since they all offer some form of Universal Health Care.
      We are not alone, though. By definition, a Socialized health care system would mean that the government is the direct provider of care and services, as well as management and funding. Since doctors and health care facilities are (and will remain under the new provisions) in the private sector this would not be socialized medicine.
      If you think Socialized medicine means that the government (taxpayers) foot the bill, you would be wrong. Further, if that's the case, since the US currently spends more per capita on health care than most industrialized nations, I suppose that means we already are Socialist."
    • -1 +2 -3 zeek Jan. 14, 2012
      "And what's wrong with socialism?

      What's funny is how much you take for granted that is actually considered socialism that you don't see."
  • +9 +16 -7 Tristan H Apr. 27, 2012
    "It is not the government's place to insert themself into the healthcare system. The people of the United States should not be mandated to by the federal government, forcing them to purchase healthcare. The governemnt does not have the right to force this upon the people. Rather, the people should take responsiility for their own health, and healthcare, and make decisions based on their own opinions, not on dictation by the governemnt.
    In addition, government is inherently slow and beaurocratic. We do not need to put the responsibility on the governemnt to manage this, as then the governemnt will have the responsibility to manage the health of all 300 million+ citizens of the United States. The people can make decisions, and take responsibility for themselves, without governemnt intervention. No one is entitled to anything, we have the right to "pursue" anything, but we are not born with a right to governemnt managed health care."
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    • -1 0 -1 Kim Oct. 6, 2013
      "I agree with everything that you said. No one is entitled to anything, however, there are some out there that feel that they are entiltled and to use it when they want to instead of when they need to, and to try to educate them about differences for using otc vs antibiotic for cold sx is like hitting your head against the wall."
  • +7 +13 -6 Evan F Apr. 27, 2012
    "The American Constitution clearly and resolutely outlines the responsibilities and capabilities of the United States' government; what is not included is not and can not be included in the federal government's legislative domain. As such, any law which guarantees or alters an area not included under the Constitution, such as health-care, is inane; its existence is impossible under a non-authoritarian governing body. If Congress is to over-step its innate boundary laid-out so clearly in the Constitution, it is a short step to totalitarianism.

    Ever since the New Deal, the federal government has been subtly, and not so subtly, giving itself more power. This has two consequences, both dire: the first is that it alters the very essence of federalism- it weakens the state's authority -, second, and much more nefarious, it steals sovereignty away from the individual. A life lived by and the mandates and the ideals of others is, quite literally, the opposite of the American Dream."
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    • 0 0 0 Leo Failoni Oct. 17, 2013
      "Simon, health care was most certainly around during the time that the constitution was drafted. This means that the elastic clause and your well put Airplane argument is irrelevant."
    • 0 0 0 Simon Nov. 16, 2012
      "Airplanes aren't mentioned in the constitution, thus by your logic congress doesn't have the power to regulate air travel. QED you're dumb. It's called the elastic clause."
  • +7 +14 -7 Kim Nguyen Apr. 18, 2012
    "Obama is copying the European model and he is obviously too blind to see that this is also a reason why the European economy collapses."
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    • -1 +1 -2 mico Jun. 1, 2012
      "So we borrow trillions a week from China to overthrow dictators? Is that money well spent? Lets get back to America and take care of Americans instead of bombing schools , hospitals in the middle east and rebuilding them.. Charity begins at home.."
  • +7 +19 -12 Cat Mar. 17, 2012
    "We have the right to be free, not to get free stuff."
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    • -2 +3 -5 linda Jun. 1, 2012
      "you get free police protection, free mail delivery, free fireman, free road repair, give me a break , keeping a person alive should not be called Free Stuff!"
  • +7 +36 -29 Dr. W Apr. 27, 2011
    "The expensive nature of health care means that there are huge consequences to grant a 'right' to health care to everyone.

    Medicare does this for citizens over 65 and it has accumulated unfunded liabilities of about 60 trillion over the next 75 years. This is truly unsustainable. If government could fix the Medicare bankruptcy by doing away with fraud and abuse or preventive medicine or information technology they would have already done it... Instead they propose to make the indebtedness much worse by extending a Medicare like 'public option' to many more people and invent bogus ways it will be funded. It will really be funded by raising taxes, issuing even more massive amounts of government debt, and by decreasing benefits (translation, rationing).

    Every bill now before Congress includes a 'panel' of experts'... to decide which treatments are of enough 'proven benefit' for the 'public option' to pay for... I do not trust any group of strangers to make such decisions for me. When your 'right' to health care will be paid for by others... then the representatives of those taxpayers will decide exactly how the money is to be spent...

    The truth is I have a 'right' only to as much health care as I can pay for myself"
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    • 0 0 0 andrew Feb. 25, 2013
      "The expensive nature of health care has huge consequences for the individual. And unlike "society" the individual can go bankrupt and quite frequently does. Economies of scale, and all that stuff.
      Do children pay for their health care? If an uninsured persongoes into the ER is he going to be treated? Hell yes. Which is why the HI mandate is as justified as the Auto Insurance mandate; we all get sick, and we all have to pay for it one way or another.
      I also trust doctors (including my parents and a Canadian cousin) far more than "experts" in offices or political seats. All three of my doctor-relatives support universal health care; and I get the feeling that most general practitioners and ER docs feel similarly."
  • +5 +12 -7 Caroline Apr. 27, 2012
    "Despite the right of life liberty and the pursuit of happiness in the constitution, and the many rights given to ensure the good lively-hood of Americans, granting the right of healthcare oversteps our government's power. Although it is increasingly important for our country to have healthy working citizens, its is more beneficial to give more opportunities for people to earn money for health care by improving the economic standing in the country rather than giving its to those who could earn money to afford it. Private health care offers faster service, more progressive research, and higher quality medical service compared to most countries that have socialized medical coverage. I do not believe that if you are poor you should be denied treatment, but there are other ways to offer health services to the minority who do not have health insurance than offering public health care."
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    • -1 0 -1 James Jun. 16, 2012
      "This is the problem; you simply don't see what the issues are. You think those who want health insurance and don't have it are just too poor to get it. What about those who want it, will pay for it, but simply can't get it because it's not made available to them?
      Ex. I know a man who works for a small company that does not provide health care. He makes good money, too. He has repeatedly been denied an individual health care policy because he is 6'2" and weighs 150 lbs. Never mind that he is 100% healthy, he is considered underweight and is therefore denied. (For the record, he also has to pay a higher premium for life insurance because of this.)
      I knew a self-employed Real Estate Agent a few years ago who made extremely good money in his business. He was denied a policy because he was diabetic. After years of waiting for a non-preferred slot to open up at an insurance company he finally got health insurance at a rate of $1200 per month. But regulations allow an insurer to cancel a policy without cause within 1 year, so they took his money for 11 months, then cancelled his policy. Despite a 6-figure income from his business he resorted to also driving a school bus to get insurance.
      Economic changes won't change THIS."
  • +5 +9 -4 Chris L Apr. 27, 2012
    "I believe that Americans are entitled to health care, but should not be forced to buy it. For Centuries, citizens of the United States have been given the freedom to do almost anything within the boundaries of the Constitution. If the government establishes health care, they will impede on the right to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." Also, from a governmental standpoint, health care can be extremely expensive and produce very little. Last year, Americans paid 2.4 trillion dollars on health care and currently, the United States is 15 trillion dollars in debt. If the government is to take the responsibility of health care for all United States citizens, the debt level will increase significantly. Finally, if we allow this bill to be passed, we are allowing the government to infringe on our rights and tell us exactly what to do, and when to do it."
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  • +4 +6 -2 justice Dec. 6, 2012
    "In 2014 they are trying to have every citezen in the US be reqiured to buy health care. you will be fined if you don't have it by 2014. you will be fined if you don't have it. This is so unconstitutional because it forces people to buy health care. We as a people a so called "democracy" are letting the goverment control to much of are freedoms and personal lifes and we are turnnig more and more into a monarchy every day..."
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  • +4 +8 -4 Kayla Smith Oct. 10, 2012
    "-the demand for doctors will increase
    -doctors will recieve less money which results in people not wanting to become doctors which results in less doctors to treat people in the end
    -more taxes will hurt middle class and they will not spend money on other things that could help the economy
    -possible long waits for serious illnesses that could result in death because medical care was never recieved because it took too long
    -more reckless people because they are not worried about getting hurt and paying for it
    -doctors will not care as much for their patients"
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    • 0 0 0 Julie Sep. 13, 2013
      "Thank you! Each of these is a valid point, and succinctly put. I'll be printing this list on notecards to hand out at an upcoming rally."
  • +4 +9 -5 J. McQuarrie Oct. 9, 2012
    "We all have the right and the resources for education. What we choose to do with it is also our right. If you choose to not take every opportunity to get a job that enables you to provide you and your dependants with health insurance, that is your right. But as long as people have the right to make their own career and educational choices they will have to accept the responsibility for those choices. It is not my responsibility if you made the wrong choice, if it was, I would take that choice away from you and force people to embark on the careers I think they will be successful at. But in this free state, it is not my responsibility to pay for other peoples bad choices because I made good choices. And vice versa. Accept responsibility for your actions, don't mandate them to other people."
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  • +4 +9 -5 Brett Jun. 28, 2012
    "We should not have to sacrifice our right to freedom, even if that means we may indeed fall into bad health. As an American, I have to weigh the potential for poor health (misfortune) against the principles I feel this country was made great on. We all have the power to pursue our dreams. We can take risks, or play it safe. If you failed to educate yourself and make good life decisions that would allow you to provide healthcare for yourself (through your employer), that was in your control. Once in awhile, people fall between the cracks as NO system is perfect. That is life and we are not in a fairy tale... bad things happen to good people and vice versa. People WILL fall through the cracks with Obamacare as well."
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  • +4 +11 -7 Garrett F Apr. 27, 2012
    "Government provided health care is not supported by the constitution of the United States. No where in the constitution does it state that it is the government's duty to provide its citizens with health care. It simply states that the government can in no way impede its citizens from obtaining health insurance. In countries such as Canada waiting lists for surgeries and diagnoses are unbelievably long and the system is ineffective causing many citizens to seek medical help in the United States where this is not an issue. This program like medicare and medicaid would require funding from an American economy that is still recovering from the recession of 2008. Providing health care for every American citizen is not a practical course of action at this point."
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  • +3 +33 -30 Craig Apr. 27, 2011
    "Healthcare is a service/commodity and we do not have a right to it, except the right guaranteed us to pursue it. I do believe that we have a responsibility to one another to try to help others get proper health care and prevention when it is needed, but this should be left for us to choose to do within our society, independent of the government."
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    • +6 +6 0 stacey Jul. 22, 2011
      "But murder someone and you get free healthcare your entire life sentence."
    • +4 +6 -2 Terri May. 9, 2011
      "The reason that Social Security was developed was because people were not doing this.

      What you envision is commendable, but it has proven, time after time after time, that it is not realistic.

      And now, with Health care, there are far too many people who simply cannot afford to go to the Doctor to take care of medical problems. I, personally, know three of them."
  • +2 +3 -1 Chris M Apr. 23, 2013
    "All Americans should not be entitled to government-provided health care. It would cripple the U.S. economy and hurt the nation overall. Arguments for universal health care are invalid, and at best, whimsical. Every citizen, as indicated by the Declaration of Independence, has the right to "Life". However, there is a fine line between a "right" and a provision. Americans do and always have had the right to life, but not the provision to it. Acquiring standard and adequate living (which "Life" entails) is capable of every citizen, but they have to work for it. The Declaration of Independence's words cannot simply be manipulated to mean "Free health care for everyone". The Founding Fathers knew of hard work, and knew that hard work earned "standard living"; not that it was spoon-fed to you. The basis of Capitalism, the American Dream, America itself, is that hard work pays off; and it does, not only for said worker, but for the country as a whole. If the nation just gives out what citizens work so diligently for, they will have no incentive to work at all. Clearly, the nation and its citizens' welfare will go down the drain from thereon."
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  • +1 +3 -2 Mike B. Apr. 23, 2013
    "Healthcare is not a right all citizens posess in the sense that it should be provided and madated by the federal government. Individuals should take care of their own health and system of healthcare based off the needs of their families. It is not fair for certain people to indirectly pay for others healthcare through taxes when most people are already providing some sort of private healthcare for their own family. Healthcare should be left to the states to decide and ultimately should be sold privately, separate from the federal government."
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  • +1 +2 -1 Stephanie H Apr. 23, 2013
    "Freedom is a very cherished American value. In other words, the American people should be granted the right to choose whether or not to purchase health care. Universal health care for all Americans also promotes socialism which was not a value America was found upon. A proponent may argue that denying someoen the right to health care is a violation of the Equal Protection Clause; However, under today's system people have the right to choose whether or not to purchase health care and forcing people to have it may infringe on their beliefs or values. I also do not support increased taxes to support the system of universal health care because they are a burden to people who work hard for the money they earn. I do admit that universal health care works in some cases, but not in America."
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  • +1 +6 -5 Michelle Jul. 3, 2012
    "who is the idiot who wrote "problems, such as obesity, cancer, stroke, and diabetes can often be prevented by individuals choosing to live healthier lifestyles" Do children who get cancer get it because of their lifestyle too? what an idiot!"
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    • 0 0 0 Kayla Smith Oct. 10, 2012
      "that is so true i agree but some things could, such as obesity, diabetes and results from smoking and drinking i.e lung cancer, liver failure, heart problems"
  • 0 0 0 Nick Apr. 17, 2014
    "Health care is composed of two components: goods like vaccines, pills, x-ray machines, etc and the labor of health care workers.

    The concept of a 'right to the labor of others' already exists....it is called slavery."
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  • 0 +1 -1 Alex P Apr. 23, 2013
    "I believe that Health care should not be entitled to health care simply based on responsibility, freedom, and the right to pursue happiness. Essentially based on the declaration of Independence. I say this because as Americans we have always been successful and wise enough to be self independent to the best of our ability as well as educated to what we made ourselves in a manner to take care of ourselves. Healthcare, or Obamacare for that matter, is not something that should be entitled to us because it violates our freedom to do as we chose. Americans should not have the government providing anything for them because we are responsible enought to make decisions for ourselves as well as for our families. I also believe that the less government the better...simply because I do not think that Americans should be paying tax money for other people's health care, when the truth of the matter is that Americans should provide and decide for themselves and not rely on the government to carry them through life. Concluding with the fact that Health care actually costs more money and takes too much time for one to be cured. Fact based on the "Con" of procon.org."
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  • 0 +1 -1 Kate B. Apr. 23, 2013
    "The answer to the question: Should all Americans have the right (be entitled) to health care? Is an unequivocal no. If Health care became a right for all citizens it would decrease the quality of the currently dismal health care system, create longer wait times for diagnosis and treatments such as in the U.K and Canada, and would create larger deficits and problems for the government. No where in the constitution does it state " the right to happiness or free medical services" had the fathers of the constitution wanted everyone to have access to medical services they would have written it in the constitution and specified what exactly qualified as "care". To really fix the issue instead of creating free care we should create cheaper care. By lessening the price tag on health care we would create affordable care everyone could receive instead of creating such a large burden on the government and the people."
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  • 0 +7 -7 TylerP Apr. 27, 2012
    "There is no precident or reason why all Americans should be entitled to healthcare or any other service provided by private industry. America is a capitalist country, prices are determined based on what people are willing to pay, and if the price of ANY good or service is too high for some section of society, that is not the government’s problem. Mandating that all Americans purchase healthcare can be equated to asking all Americans to purchse Lambourinis, as they also are a desirable product whos high price puts them out of reach for a large section of society. A government mandate on the purchase of "affordable" Lambourginis makes just as much sence as a government mandate on the purchase of "affordable" heathcare. While I do not disagree that FORCING all Americans to purchace healthcare would lower its price, I feel that it is strongly against our society's fundamental beliefs to universalise healthcare in this way. Nowhere in the constitution are we guerenteed a right to healthcare."
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  • 0 +7 -7 Georgia B Apr. 27, 2012
    "In the Pro Arguments, the claim was made that the Declaration promises "life" to citizens of the US. However the Con side recognizes that the right to life is much different than the provision of it. What is a nation that promises services and benefits, even if they are unearned? If the US is the last country without socialized medecine, we should wear that as a badge showing that men must still have merit in order to buy his own medicine. Don't the majority of businesses provide healthcare to their workers? Promising healthcare to the unemployed would not encourage them to find a job, which is a bigger problem in the country than healthcare.

    I had a friend who lived in Canada, a nation with socialized medicine. When he was diagnosed with cancer, he chose not to be treated in Canada where the healthcare was stretched thin, but came to America where private doctors still have the opportunity to practice and thrive. If healthcare in universalized than it will only be natural for the work ethic of the men being treated as well as the doctors will decline.

    Lastly, dependence on the government is something that should be discouraged in the country. When people rely too much on services they lose sight of their own ability."
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  • -1 +1 -2 Brittany B Apr. 23, 2013
    "I think that heath care should not be freely provided to all citizens. I believe that the Constitution does not require that the government provide heath care to the people. However, I do believe that because the Constitution includes the right to life and the right to pursue happiness the government has a responsibility to regulate insurance companies, health care costs, and other factors that influence a person's ability to afford heath care. The reason I do not support government-run health care is that, while the checks and balances that make our government slow also make it safe, there is no time for government waiting lines in the emergency room, and there is no room for politics in the doctor's office, where doctors should be able to make case-by-case decisions with the goal of saving the most people. I also believe that the consequences of unhealthy lifestyles leads people to be generally more aware of their health, which is also a reason to support private healthcare. In conclusion, I believe that everyone should have access to quality private health care which the government helps to make affordable but does not actually control."
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  • -1 +1 -2 Forrest Apr. 23, 2013
    "I oppose healthcare reform not because I am insensitive to those who are unable to afford adequate health services, but because I do not believe it is economically feasible or fair. A program like Medicaid requires enormous amounts of federal funding which our country simply cannot provide at this time. Given that we are drowing in over 15 trillion dollars of debt, adding another huge piece to the federal spending budget will only bring us down further. In order for it to be successful, taxes would have to be drastically raised for citizens, especially those in the upper classes (those who have worked hard their entire lives to support themselves). To me, it does not seem fair to take large portions of the salaries of the diligent and ambitious workers who have earned their way to the top and redistribute this wealth without their consent."
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  • -1 +1 -2 Sean Apr. 23, 2013
    "As American citizens, we are not entitled to healthcare. Government interference in healthcare not only increases debt, but lessens the quality of medical care. Healthcare is a privilege and an independent healthcare system causes individuals to work hard to gain the benefits of medical insurance. By granting healthcare as a right, we cannot prevent the argument of other privileges becoming "rights" through government interference. Should healthcare become a right, America will encounter the slippery slope towards socialism, damage the economy, and stray from the values of our founding fathers."
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  • -1 +1 -2 lily s Apr. 23, 2013
    "Because any idea of govermental intervention is inconsistant in the constatution, the citizens of the United States are not entitled to health care. The constatution says that its the governments job to premote the general welfare, not provide it. It is an individual responsablitly of a person to take care of their personal health. In history, governmental intervention in health care has increased government deficits. Those who are pro should consider that if the government can intervene, they can also regulate life/death situations, and other health related things. A free market without governmental intervention in health care would increase competition, making the quality of medical services, medicins, ect. better. Also, health care provided by the government would increase taxes at a rate that no one in the middle or lower class would be ready for."
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  • -1 +2 -3 Tim Apr. 14, 2013
    "There seems to be a serious misunderstanding of what a right is. Rights are derived from self-ownership. You have a right to your body and what emanates from it, therefore you have a right to life, to defend yourself, to the fruits of your own labor, to think, to speak, to publish, and countless other freedoms. Healthcare, food, water, shelter, etc. are all important for sustaining life, but they are goods. Even national defense is a good. To say one has the right to a good not produced by yourself is to say you have a right to something that has emanated from another's body. This is slavery. To say healthcare is a right is actually a violation of rights.

    "Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first."
    --Mark Twain"
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  • -1 +2 -3 Jay Feb. 17, 2013
    "No--FREEDOM! It's what this country is all about. I want to be free to purchase or not to purchase. That is my right to freedom!"
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  • -1 +2 -3 Your Mom Dec. 21, 2012
    "I support universal health care, but I'm putting this on the CON side because of how the question is worded. Do I believe that health care is a "right?" No. Why not? Because I really don't think there's a such thing as a "right."

    Call me crazy if you want, but hear me out first. I'm just tired of people on both sides of the political spectrum slapping the word "right" onto absolutely everything. On the left, it's right to health care, right to choose, right to work, right to education, etc. Then on the right, it's right to life, right to bear arms, states' rights, etc.

    It's like rather than taking time to listen to the other side of an argument, people would rather just spew out the word "right" and then act like they've won the debate. I don't think there's any way to determine what a "right" is. If rights do exist, I think it's clear that it's sometimes okay to take away people's rights because taking some away can give more rights. For example, taking away a criminal's right to bear arms may stop a shooting that gives the would-be victims their right to life.

    So in short, I support universal health care. But I'm not going to pretend opponents are taking away a fundamental "right" by being against it."
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  • -1 +4 -5 Jon Jul. 19, 2012
    "I think it's a problem using the terminology that health care is a "right". Yes, it may be a right in the sense that the government should not write laws that infringe or otherwise prevent citizens from getting health care. But it is something else entirely to say we have a right to forcibly take money from some citizens to meet the needs of others.

    We have many needs. That doesn't mean we have the "right" to have the government forcibly take from others so that our needs are met."
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  • -1 +7 -8 Scott Apr. 27, 2012
    "No!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It goes against the very heart of Capitalism to force Americans to buy health care!!! Call me cruel, but I still believe in the ideals this country was founded on!!!! Freedom lives on in my book! And that's all I've got to say about that!!!!!!!
    -ScootH"
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    • 0 0 0 Jeremy Aug. 23, 2012
      "Is it against the precepts of capitalism to mandate people to buy auto insurance and childs seats, too? Do the gods of capitalism cry out when the State levies taxes on society for public roads, fire protection, police protection and public schools? Or have we just deciding to draw the line at Healthcare?"
    • -1 0 -1 call me bobby Jul. 24, 2012
      "The public option is just that, an option. And guess what, America is founded on equality. if you don't have a public option then only rich people can get good health care. now I'm no expert but that doesn't sound very American at all."
  • -1 +4 -5 ch9 Mar. 28, 2012
    "I do not want my freedom taken away. The government should not force people to buy health insurance. The government does have the right to regulate commerce but can't force us to buy goods. There is a better way to do it. Obama got it wrong!!!!!!"
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    • 0 0 0 Melina Chang Jul. 16, 2012
      "I have a question. Why wouldn't you want health insurance? Just curious. If you were too poor to pay the hospital for your illness, would you just die there? Or would you want to be covered? I agree with others, we should earn healthcare, but then what about the people who need it? Are you saying we should deprive them of healthcare?"
    • 0 +1 -1 Gunner Apr. 16, 2012
      "The government doesn't have the right, but don't you think that WE, the people should have the right to be treated? We're living in america, supposedly "living the dream." My grandmother couldn't afford health care for her cancer. She died within two years. My grandpa was diagnosed with alzhemier's ten years ago. He can't remember my name. And he sits in his house and watches the sports channel because we can't afford to get him a nurse. Now, I'm happy about you and your son, but sometimes it's not an option for some people."
  • -1 +12 -13 James Jan. 9, 2012
    "Universal Healthcare or SOCIALIZED Medicine is being used all around the world. In Canada, there are extremely long wait times for organ transplants and surgeries. In the U.K there are new restrictions being put on orthopedic surgeries so that the government can "save" money. In the end, you will be sacrificing the quality care you have here in America and will still be paying for your healthcare. How can we still be paying for "Universal Healthcare"? Simple, if the government is funding your healthcare, you are funding the government. You will essentially be raising taxes and sacrificing the quality of care here in America."
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    • +3 +3 0 A Mar. 29, 2012
      "Ever seen how long you need to wait for an organ transplant anywhere?
      Wait lines for organ transplants are long in both Canada and the US (and pretty much everywhere else) due to a lack of organ donors, not government funds.
      As a Canadian living in the US and having a lot of family living the the UK, I am in a rare position of having first hand experience with all three systems.

      In the US, it's true that the care CAN be the best anywhere, until you run out of cash. I have known many more people here that have been unbelievably hassled here by medical issues than Canada and the UK combined.

      In fact, I have some difficulty correlating a lot of the statements made in this column with my own experience."
  • -1 +11 -12 Davis D. Dec. 6, 2011
    "Despite serious challenges, such as escalating costs and the uninsured, the U.S. health care system compares favorably to those in other developed countries."
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  • -1 +14 -15 deandrea tucker Nov. 10, 2011
    "i used to think yes, but i really think it was basically made like that so people today can get this country/ world a better place and make it where the united nations have to work hard to get the health care they possibly need :)

    -11th grader College-Ready Health services Academy
    info: Health services academy high school."
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  • -1 +20 -21 JT Jul. 18, 2011
    "Have you ever tried on "one size fits all" apparel? It only looks good on a few people. That is how Univeral Health Care will work make no mistake.
    Has any one really delved into the stats that are quoted about who does not have insurance? Has it occured to anyone that there is a section of people in the country that do not have insurance because they choosenot too??!! They are young, healthy and that is not priority for them. The should not be counted in the stats, it is misleading but that is what politics is all about, half truths and misleading infromation. Educate yourselves people and don't believe everything you are told, Find out for yourself and stick to the constitution that is what this country great."
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  • -1 +27 -28 Charles Apr. 27, 2011
    "A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.' --Gerald Ford

    Considering health care would be a positive right (the government would have to give you something--food, shelter--versus prohibiting others from taking things from you--freedom, happiness, speech), where would the limit be? Why not have the Government provide a chicken in every pot and a car in every garage? Ladies and gentlemen, this is Marxism. It does not work. Look at our public schools, DMVs, and the Postal Service; any service or product the Government touches is delivered in a highly inept manner. Do you really want the DMV doing anything with regard to your health and medical decisions?"
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    • 0 0 0 Ismaila Singley Nov. 11, 2012
      "It is not Marxism to respect healthcare rights."
    • -2 +2 -4 Seyh Jul. 18, 2011
      "Charles, instead of declaring war in some countries and spending billions of dollars there, government can provide "least" health support for their tax payers."
  • -2 0 -2 April D Oct. 27, 2013
    "If I have the RIGHT to healthcare, this implies that somebody is obligated to provide it, free of charge.This is an infringement on somebody else's freedom! A person who provides a service must be compensated. Health Care is a PRIVILEDGE, not a RIGHT! We need to return to Free Market Capitalism, where providers can compete freely, to provide the best care at the lowest possible cost. This makes HC affordable to more and more people. This is the foundation upon which this great country was built: Capitalism! (Not to be confused with Corporatism, which is what we see today in America)"
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  • -2 0 -2 Sarah Oct. 20, 2013
    "Healthcare is a service, not a right. If you can not pay for something then you should not get it. If you cannot pay for a house or a car then you do not get one. If you cannot pay for a mansion however you might be able to afford a apartment. Healthcare should be the same way."
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  • -2 0 -2 Leo Failoni Oct. 17, 2013
    "For what reason does a persons situation in life, be it by misfortune or their own doing, entitle them to what I have earned."
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  • -2 0 -2 Kim Oct. 6, 2013
    "I agree with the comments that I have been reading. Yes, we are in America and but that also means that we have the opportunity for things. IF there is a universal healthcare, who do you think will be watching you than/? They will be tracking what you do for a living, if you smoke, if you drink, how much you drink, how often you are seen by your doctor, oh and yeah by the way, there will not be enough primary care providers to care for you, as there is not enough now with people that have health care insurance. The ER will be the new clinic for patients to be seen because it they could not get into to see their doctor, and they felt that it was "an emergency" to them beause they had a stuffy nose for 3 days, and they think that they need an antibiotic"
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  • -2 0 -2 Christina Sep. 7, 2013
    "Healthcare is not a right, it is a privilege attained through hard work and labor. If a person can not in any way labor, special considerations should be made. Why do people think they deserve something for nothing?"
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  • -2 +1 -3 Mark Swanstrom Jul. 4, 2012
    "It is wrong to think of it as an either/or question. The questions should be How much health care should people be entitled to. Periodic checkups for poor children? Sure, I'm OK with that. Heart transplants for senior citizens paid for by tax payers? No. That is a poor use of scarce resources, and while you may think it's cruel and that I'm pulling the plug on granny, remember that someone else who didn't get that heart is now going to die."
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  • -2 +7 -9 Rebecca C. Apr. 27, 2012
    "I don't think that Americans have the right to health care. Ideologically, I believe that America's government is inherently different from European countries, because its foundation is in liberty above anything else.

    The theories of a nationalized health care reform are mired in propaganda more than anything. It is easy to say that we are the only developed nation without health care, and we must be so greedy to deny health care to our citizens. This emotional argument is appealing, but logically, a nationalized health care system would not solve our problems (as we can see with Canada). Yes, we have epic problems with obesity and diabetes, but these are more cultural problems than anything, and would not be solved by base-line health care.

    The proposed health care system would provide a base-line coverage to all Americans. But beyond that, it would also make the health care coverage of a lesser quality, and in sparer supply. From history, we can see that nationalizing a service decreases the quality of service. While there are people who can't afford health care and suffer the consequences, I think that nationalizing health care would hurt more people than it would help."
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    • 0 0 0 call me bobby Jul. 24, 2012
      "Yeah, um, those European countries you're talking about. There citizens are a heck of a lot better of then us generally speaking."
    • 0 +1 -1 Courtney May. 28, 2012
      ""I don't think that Americans have the right to health care. "

      How easy to sit at your computer and spew this out. Good for you. I hope someone you love faces a choice between staying out of debt-for-life and getting treatment for a curable ailment. Good for You Rebecca C. It's that kind of ever-man-for-himself thinking that is literally killing people in our country. Selfish Selfish Selfish."
  • -2 +3 -5 Deborah Mar. 30, 2012
    "What is the most key, central, inarguable flaw in the health law?

    The single computer system. I personally have already been hurt from this with my Medi-Cal prescription.

    Any mistake entered into it, any diagnosis which will be assumed to be right and never tested for being wrong or simply having changed, any power outage (meaning nobody gets their care during that time - mine lasted long enough for mild brain damage due to lack of medication; it wasn't their fault, a car hit a power pole and some of their systems fried.) And then there's hackers, as well as the people who work there some of whom might be tempted, don't tell me there won't be any . . .

    Social security and other systems already accidently show some people as being dead. When they do, it's the same as identity theft, and as hard to deal with.

    Now pretend that you have a heath condition which a doctor gets wrong, or it gets entered wrong. Pretend you want to get a "Second Opinion" - but then there's all the answers in the main computer, so tempting, even that mis-dated or inaccurate bloodwork . . .

    It will have all of everyone's info: income, insurance source, job and more. A hacker, criminal "Murphy's law" or practical joker can't help but feel tempted."
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  • -2 +10 -12 Dick Tatlow Feb. 12, 2012
    "Not in the Constitution (powers of the government). Might or might not be a good idea but would require a Constitutional Amendment to implement. How about a right to home ownership (Oh yeah, we tried that) How about a right to an automobile, a cell phone, alcohol, stylish clothing, etc.?"
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  • -3 +5 -8 Dave Aug. 27, 2012
    "Nope, it is most definitely not a right."
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  • -3 +2 -5 Daniel Aug. 14, 2012
    "I am con because working in a Hospital I see that people try to extend their lives indefinitely. Sometimes people cannot walk, talk, control their bowels or even require feeding by vein but we keep them alive. What do they have to contribute to us? Some argue that we are not god and should not make the decision to end their life by stopping life support but who are we to extend their life. I am not against vaccinations but still think we should pay a part of preventative medicine/care out of pocket. We need to let go of our guilt and accept that some medical alignments will affect some of us and some will die and suffer because of it. Do you want the country to fund healthcare for the next five years and go bankrupt or do you want to see this Country survive for the next 200+years. Its up to you to decide and let your guilt go. If you are affected by an alignment dont blame others or expect that you are owed something but rather accept it and go on with what you have."
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  • -3 +3 -6 I Love Betty White Apr. 27, 2012
    "I do not believe that American's have the right to health care. Due to the current economy, which is a fragilely increasing, this is not the correct time to pass the Patient Protection and Affordability Care Act (Obama Care). Although healthcare is a very important issue we need set out primary goal on bettering the economy, and if Obama Care was to pass then it would require people who do not already have health care to purchase health care, which takes potential money out from consumers purchasing goods. The health care industry is the largest industry in the United States and employs over 14 million people. If Obama Care was to pass who knows if other competing health care companies would survive which would add to unemployment and hurt the economy. The federal government has no place in healthcare, the less power the federal government has the more power is delegated to the states and people. Obama Care would be similar to Welfare, which is nearly hurting the American economy."
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  • -3 +4 -7 Alexis Apr. 11, 2012
    "Government involved in heath care is scary! Government health coverage is bad quality and I would rather pay a private provider. Even private health care facilities would compete for business that would stabalize cost. If we cut back on the cost of bureaucracies and decrease or eliminate income tax, people could afford health care. I dont believe forcing yet another expense on people would be good for the society."
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  • -3 +4 -7 Sandra Mar. 24, 2012
    "Our quality of health care will go down. In many of these countries with universal healthcare, the costs are skyrocketing, patients cannot see doctors, and if you have a serious disease-you may not be treated for it. And the end result is that only those who can pay for additional healthcare (beyond what the government provides) will actually get it. It will become another black hole to pour money down. Government is not a good manager of the money."
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  • -3 +8 -11 Johnson Feb. 20, 2012
    "First of all I think the Govt. just wants to get it's hands on more money (the money generated by our healtchare industry). They don't really give a care whether you and I receive healthcare services when we need them.

    Secondly, if I had to fight for my rights I'll leave it the way it is. Much better chance at winning in a fight against the insurance company than fighting "City Hall"."
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  • -3 +7 -10 Roberta Feb. 20, 2012
    "Health care is indeed Not a right and it is not guaranteed by the US constitution. Only the right to earn it is. And if there are no providers , then it doesn't exist. As to the arguments that 1 - Americans pay more for health care and insurance because of uninsured that need to be indirectly carried, and 2 - Preventative care would increase overall costs on 1 above, that may be somewhat true, but I do not want to give up my True right to not be forced to pay for someone elses health care at the expense of quality health care for myself, and also, as an experiment, it has failed miserably in all countries with socialized medicine in providing quality of service. (Canada, Denmark, Netherlands, Russia, etc.)"
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    • -1 0 -1 ashly Apr. 25, 2012
      "Had to say this.... But you're overall worried about the fact that you would rather pocket your money, whether earned or not, than know that you have the opportunity to help someone in need. But first, that pocketed money I bet will go to things that aren't a necessity. Second, if you had a serious illness or needed a costly surgery that your health insurance company decided not to fund because the individuals are more concerned about getting their bonus over your well being (helping our sick if you will) then I'm more than willing to bet you would prefer not getting bombarded with an unaffordable doctor bill overall."
  • -4 +2 -6 random citizen Sep. 28, 2012
    "If healthcare were to become universal people would demand it immediately and go to doctors more than needed just because they can. Doctors/professionals would be overstressed and the patients could come out not much better if not worse. Professionals could become so stressed they could quit their jobs and then where would we be hmm?

    ps please don't take offense"
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    • 0 0 0 Rebecca R. Oct. 5, 2012
      "It doesn't have to be free healthcare just affordable. And there could be restrictions, like if you just have a common cold or allergies you don't have to rush to the ER. I don't think everyone out there would quit there jobs due to stress, illness's could be prioritized but if you deny healthcare to those out there that really just can't afford it then there are many young and old lives that are being ignored. Disease and sickness happen to the less fortunate too."
  • -4 +3 -7 e Jun. 10, 2012
    "A bill that is 2700 pages long and shoved down the American peoples throats is not Universal Health Care. As the Speaker of the House said at the time......"We need to pass the bill so we can see what is in the bill". It IS Socialism. There were MANY proposals that would have accomplished the goal of Health Care for ALL Americans. They were all rejected at the time. THIS BILL is wrong. It needs to be overturned. Start new and do it in 20 pages, then I would say you have a bill that is good and for ALL Americans."
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    • 0 0 0 call me bobby Jul. 24, 2012
      "1. a bill that would cover all Americans would have to be extremely long. A 20 page bill would maybe cover a small town's fencing ordinance.

      2. there's something you need to understand about socialism: It's socialist countries that suck. Not socialism itself. As long as socialistic American thingamajig X doesn't become to powerful, it's fine."
  • -4 +5 -9 Kathleen M. Apr. 8, 2012
    "If Obama Care covers all americans;can we,smokers of US, except a repeal on the hefty tax imposed on us for all american children?"
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  • -4 +5 -9 ConcernedCitizen Feb. 22, 2012
    "The U.S. constitution provides for the inalienable rights: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The old Soviet (USSR) constitution Article 120 called for "...the RIGHT to maintenance in case of sickness ... The (USSR) right was ensured by the extensive development of social insurance of workers and employees at state expense, free medical service... " Hmmm... sounds like Obamacare.
    Remember too that no one is denied medical care in the US.
    Our health system should be overhauled through competitive markets, transferable between jobs, purchase across state lines, tort reform etc."
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  • -5 +8 -13 Bill Dec. 14, 2011
    "There is a sense of entitlement in this country. People make poor decisions, live above their means, do not save up money, and then expect the government to to provide a safety net for them. How many government programs or agencies are run well? And Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security are already a huge drain on our tax dollars. So lets get taxed more so the trillion $ deficit can get racked up even higher. And the healthcare system is abused beyond belief. What should be done is some education upon the different optionsd a person has beside 9-1-1 and the emergency room. TO MANY PEOPLE use those as their primary care costing EVERYONE unecessary amounts of money. The health care reform should be educating these people the other options and holy cow!, how about maintaining a healthy lifestyle."
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  • -6 +6 -12 Andre Dec. 7, 2011
    "Many people will use and abuse this system and it will come out of my pockets. Knowing that I have coverage will not motivate me to live a healthy life style. I'm assuming people on the PRO side have an illness and need someone elses money to cover them!"
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  • -7 +6 -13 Deborah Mar. 6, 2012
    "As an RN working for the federal government in the VA system I see socialized medicine at work in this country. We have access to many of the best doctors in the country. I also see limitations on what services patients can get and how quickly they can get it. Currently our veteran's who put their lives on the line to proect our freedom have to wait 3 months for a hip or knww replacement. They can't get the latest diabetes drugs because they are too expensive. Medicare is ridiculous in how it is managed. They pay phoney claims and then chase them down in the hopes they get their money back. There is little preauthorization required. If the federal government wants to get into the health care business (because that is what it is) then they need to fix what they already have and show us a successful pilot program. Then they can tlk about taking over everything. In the medical field we call it evidence based practice."
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    • -1 0 -1 A Mar. 29, 2012
      "So our vets will take the wheelbarrows full of cash they all have, but are "choosing" to hoard instead and would open their wallets to the panacea of a cash/profit based system instead?
      Obviously, this sounds ridiculous, but seriously, what option would propose for people under such circumstances? A broke vet needing very expensive treatment that he/she cannot possibly afford cuts to the moral heart of this argument. The constant prattle of tea types like yourself suggest that you feel that they should just pay their own way underlie simply underlie how you prostitute patriotic platitudes for your own minor benefit."
  • -8 +17 -25 Vic May. 20, 2011
    "Our Founding Fathers outlined our basic "rights" in the declaration of independence. These are, Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. No where in our constitution is healthcare deemed a right of the people. It must always be remembered that government pays for nothing. Only taxpayers do."
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    • +1 +1 0 Mike B. Feb. 20, 2012
      "Damon, you are contradicting yourself. You don't simply have a right to go to Disneyworld because you say you do. In the US, we have a right to earn a ticket to go there and are free to go, nothing more nothing less. You are correct, however in your point that "You do not have the right to force others to give you their money, time or other rescources in order to pay for your excercise of that right. Your rights cannot infringe on other's."
      THAT, IS EXACTLY WHY HEALTHCARE IS NOT A RIGHT !!!! To argue that Socialized healthcare should or should not be provided because it would work out better economically and efficiency wise, is a different thing."
    • 0 +1 -1 Damon Mills Aug. 29, 2011
      "This is totally incorrect. Completely. Our founding fathers explicitly denied the federal government the authority to tell us what all of our rights are. The bill of rights was never meant to be and is not now a laundry list of rights. Check your history. The federalist did not see a need for the bill of rights because the 10th amendment stated that any powers not granted to the federal government belonged to the states, or the people. Therefore, they said, since the constitution does not give the power of emumeration of unenumerated rights then that the federal government would never be able to do so. The anti-federalist agreed with this basic premise, they just wanted to ensure certain "essential" liberties were spelled ouit. Thus we have the bill of rights which includes the 9th amendment as its compromise cornerstone.

      We don't need to give the government power that is was never granted. The simple fact is that individual rights must reign supreme as our founding fathers intened. You have a right to health care simply because you say you do. You do not have the right to force others to give you their money, time or other rescources in order to pay for your excercise of that right. Your rights cannot infringe on other's."
    • -3 0 -3 A Patriotic American Dec. 22, 2011
      "Our founding fathers were in an era where health care was more or less in the same place it was during the time of Homer. Herbal remedies were most of it. In 230 years our country has grown, just like science. That they couldn't see into the future is just part of being what they were, human. There was no microbiology, no understanding of cancer, and biology was just leaving its Greek stage in terms of taxonomy. Science has progressed, so must our Country."
  • -9 +14 -23 Goldie Oct. 6, 2011
    "Juat one question... Why should I pay for health care for people that come to the USA ONLY to benefit from our CHARITIES!!! They Do Not work, (most anyway) It has been proven over the years, people exploit everything that is FREE!!! this would mean, that "MOST" people would more than like either eat thhier way to an unhealthy stage, Why? because health care is FREE! they would care if they got hurt, Why? cause health care is FREE! thier family would come from west bubba f@@k, to take care of thier illnesses, Why because in AMERICA everything IS FREE!!! You get FOOD, Housing subsidies, and if you are a good liar, you can have a business under your husbands name, have 7 kids on welfare food stamps, AND buy your husbands business supllies on government money!!! I have seen it, i work in a MAYOR FOod Wholesaler store and the sife was pregnant, 3c kids, had a TAX EXCEMPT Member Card, But was pruchasing supplies for the "business On the GOVERNMENT!!! And poor us, we dont have any money! NO DAM IT< no MORE FREE STUFF!! mind you, I have no medical coverage either, but I rather not have it than to have it for free anyway!! I would rather pay for it..."
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    • +1 +1 0 Sandy Nov. 30, 2011
      "Well said ! I agree 100 pecent !"
  • -10 +2 -12 SJ Mar. 31, 2012
    "Health care is not a right. Look at the housing crisis. It is in part due to the mistaken idea that there was a right to own a house which was promulgated under the Clinton administration. This idea has systematically led to the housing market crash. You have every right to buy the house you can afford but it is not a right to own a house. Healthcare is not a right. People are responsible for their own healthcare. I think people should be aware of the cost of their healthcare. When we have to budget for a necessity we will. No one learns responsibility by magic giveaways. In fact people have learned to game the ER system because it is so much faster than having to wait for an appointment and by God that is what they think they deserve even though they may have insurance. If the government takes over health care and tells you what you can get , then malpractice reform is mandatory as doctors will then have limited liability and government bureaucrats by definition will be practicing medicine and thus take most of the liability. Why are the trial lawyers left out of this reform? Gee, let me think, ya think they are huge contributors to the Democrats!"
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    • 0 0 0 Ismaila Singley Nov. 11, 2012
      "My body, my right, my choice. If I want healthcare, that is my right."
  • -10 +1 -11 bobby Mar. 27, 2012
    "why pay for something your dont need."
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    • -1 0 -1 JoAnne May. 31, 2012
      "If a person goes through his or her life never needing to go to the doctor is a VERY lucky persson but later years takes a toll and meds and care are needed, so your arguement is foolish"
  • -11 +1 -12 Manda Apr. 10, 2012
    "People are going to start slacking now and not caring about what they do to there bodies and the lists for surgery are going to be longer and would take you almost take you one year rather than 2-3 monthes for a surgery"
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  • -15 +8 -23 francis Nov. 19, 2011
    "yep amarica is awsome im an amarican us citizen without a job that cannot get one because of the crappy economy and have a firm plan to claim bankruptcy because of medical bills. thank you amarica for f***ing me."
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    • +2 +3 -1 sandy Mar. 24, 2012
      "Be a little more positive Francis! I had over $100K of medical bills but still worked my way out of it. It was hard, but I did it. Worked three jobs for awhile, did without a lot of things, but worked on my skills, went back to school (government paid for that)....and I'm doing much better, so stop feeling sorry for yourself and blaming others! It won't get you anywhere."
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