Pro to the question "Should All Americans Have the Right (Be Entitled) to Health Care?"
"I think it [health care] should be a right for every American. In a country as wealthy as ours, for us to have people who are going bankrupt because they can't pay their medical bills -- for my mother to die of cancer at the age of 53 and have to spend the last months of her life in the hospital room arguing with insurance companies because they're saying that this may be a pre-existing condition and they don't have to pay her treatment, there's something fundamentally wrong about that."
Presidential debate in Nashville, TN, moderated by Tom Brokaw of NBC News, Oct. 7, 2008
Experts Individuals with MDs, DOs, PhDs, JDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to health care; top-level federal government officials significantly involved in health care and related issues. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
44th President of the United States, Jan. 20, 2009-Jan. 20, 2017
Recipient, Nobel Peace Prize, 2009
US Senator (D-IL), 2005-Nov. 16, 2008
Recipient, Honorary JD, University of Massachusetts at Boston, 2006
Recipient, Chairman's Award, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), 2005
Named one of 100 most influential people in the world, Time magazine, 2005
Recipient, Honorary Doctorate, Knox College, 2005
Recipient, Harold Blake Walker Award, Christopher House, 2005
Democratic Senator, Illinois State Senate, 1996-2004
Lecturer, University of Chicago Law School, 1992-1996