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Robert D. Reinecke, MD Biography

Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of the Foerderer Eye Movement Center for Children at Jefferson Medical School
Pro to the question "Should All Americans Have the Right (Be Entitled) to Health Care?"

“Are health care, and health itself, rights? As alien as the concept seems in this country, both are widely, indeed almost universally, accepted as rights elsewhere: in the United Nations Charter; the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (which the United States has yet to ratify); and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (now formally adopted by all nations except Somalia and the United States), among other statements. These international positions simply highlight further the irony in our Constitution, and although the implications of health and health care as human rights are still hotly debated, the case in favor, in our view, has never been stronger. We therefore propose that the Congress and the people of the United States be given the opportunity to approve an amendment to the Constitution stating: ‘All citizens and other residents of the United States shall have equal access to basic and essential health care.'”

“The 28th Amendment,” Annals of Internal Medicine, Apr. 20, 1999

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Opthalmologist
  • Professor of Ophthalmology, Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University (TJU)
  • Director, Foerderer Eye Movement Center for Children, Jefferson Medical College
  • Medical staff member, Wills Eye Hospital
  • Member, Editorial Board, Evidence-Based Ophthalmology
  • Member, Seniors EyeCare Program, Foundation for the American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • President, American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS), 1975-1976
  • MD, school unknown
  • Dr. Reinecke died on Jan. 17, 2018 at the age of 88.