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

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  • +44 +85 -41 Amanda Feb. 29, 2012
    "Everyone should have the right to AFFORDABLE health care"
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    • +3 +4 -1 Jace age 15 May. 30, 2016
      ""Should" have the right. Rights are permananant. They don't come and go because of human decisions. Are you saying that before Galen developed the first of what we call healthcare in the western world, there was no right to healthcare, but as soon as he wen through the trouble of developing healthcare he was obligated to make sure everyone had healthcare? This is ludicrous. Did the right to a living wage apear with the first employer? Everybody has the right to not be attacked. Every other "right" is made up. You can heal yourself, bribe someone to heal you, ut it is wrong to threaten someone with a gun to give you money to bribe someon to heal you. All of the problems with healthcare and wages are caused by the government. Get rid of government and people can grow their own food, make their own electricity, and pay for their own healthcare. Going deeper into the tar because being stuck in the surface is bad is stupid. Get away from the problem."
    • +1 +3 -2 Leo Failoni Oct. 17, 2013
      "For what reason?"
    • -1 0 -1 Jacob Jun. 1, 2017
      "who's paying for it."
    • -2 0 -2 bobby joe Mar. 18, 2015
  • +34 +57 -23 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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    • +3 +4 -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"
    • +1 +1 0 Kar Jun. 16, 2017
      "horrible. Shame on the US for allowing this. Everyone should have insurance coverage through rich employers and companies that make billions of dollars and have so much money their higher ups buy gold toilets!!!!!!!!!!!!"
    • -2 0 -2 Joshua P. Apr. 26, 2016
      "Actually, if people decided to go out there and open their own businesses and in some cases, just get a job in the first place, then maybe they could afford to take care of themselves. What I think many don't understand is that the money can't all just come from the government. Money can't just appear from thin air, just as nothing is free. You can't just print infinite money, either as that would money worthless due too to big of an abundance. (This is why you used to be able to buy a Snickers bar for about 50 cents) In the case of health care, the hard-working do. It's usually either done through raising their taxes or, in the doctor's case, forcing them to make significantly less all while adding more and more regulations because people will constantly try to cheat the system. That being said, the idea of everyone just helping each other is really an amazing one... in a perfect world. We all have a want to strive forward, we don't just give away our hard earned money for nothing and most likely never will. Instead we ask of those in need of services such as healthcare to go out and earn it. We ask them to become active members of the society. We want them to do well but at the same time we can't just be paying you to play COD."
    • -4 0 -4 Tom Graham Nov. 8, 2016
      "I disagree with you. If Billy had no assets and no job then he would qualify for medicaid and they would pay for his heart pills. Your story is leaving out large parts of information. Did he choose to not sell all his assets to stay alive so he could pass his assets to his children? If so, now you are saying that Billy's decision to finance his children is more important than others wanting to pass assets ot their children."
  • +23 +52 -29 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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    • +3 +5 -2 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"
    • +3 +4 -1 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."
    • +3 +5 -2 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."
    • +3 +5 -2 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"
    • +1 +2 -1 Jace May. 30, 2016
      "The Bill of Rights never says we have the right to life. You are thinking of the Declaration of Independance."
    • +1 +2 -1 Kayden Patterson Jun. 13, 2015
      "I agree that everyone should have access to health insurance, but not be forced to take it, or force any insurance company to give you it."
    • 0 0 0 Tom Graham Nov. 8, 2016
      "A right is simply something that the government must not take away from you, it is not something the government must provide to you, that would be a service or a benefit, which they can take away at any time, you are never entitled to benefits."
    • -1 0 -1 Medically Prone Jul. 18, 2015
      "I agree! I am also a diabetic and type 1. Health issues for a diabetic are not avoidable period. The costs for my prescriptions are well over 600.00 a month and I have insurance. The one thing that people need to understand is that the insurance companies also have the luxury of saying what they will cover and a max they cover. So when you go to the doctor or hospital and your insurance only pays the allowable amount that usually leaves you with the rest. Look on your insurance information when you get it in the mail from a payout that they did. It is not only diabetics but heart patients who suffer without insurance. Insurance is not a guarantee for us it is a right but one that still needs to be looked at and worked so that if you don't make a lot there should be a cap on what these RX companies and Doctors can charge. Medical and other Bankruptcy's would be cut in half in this country. Medical bills and RX charges causes american people their lives and homes."
  • +17 +30 -13 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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    • +3 +4 -1 Leo Failoni Oct. 17, 2013
      "Why is it dangerous for the healthy to live among those without healthcare?"
    • 0 0 0 Jen Jan. 13, 2018
      "Those who are opposed to health care being a right are not without compassion and morals. I believe we see the pitfalls or socialized medicine and that there has to be a better way. Ignorance is making a statement of wanting something with no plan as to how that will be implemented. The commonality of those believing this is a 'right' is the lack of suggestions on how they envision this process to work for the good of everyone."
  • +15 +33 -18 Matt Apr. 12, 2012
    "Everyone should have some kind of health care"
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    • +1 +1 0 Kayden Patterson Jun. 13, 2015
      "No, Everyone should have ACCESS TO some kind of Health care. Forcing Health Care Providers to provide Health Care to Everyone, Violates their right to associate one with another in the way that they choose."
    • -1 0 -1 Leo Failoni Oct. 17, 2013
      "For what reason?"
  • +15 +26 -11 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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  • +11 +21 -10 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 Tom Graham Nov. 8, 2016
      "So before the 1500's, did people have a right to free healthcare? If not, why is it a right today and it wasn't back then?"
    • 0 0 0 Ashley Mar. 14, 2016
      "As far as kidneys, that's stepping into the realm of body autonomy and is like comparing apples and oranges when it comes to taxing for health coverage. I believe UHC (universal coverage) should be an option to those who work, those who have worked and have a disability that prevents them from working, and those unable to work at all because of a disability. Then, if you don't want to pay into the government run and taxed system for health coverage, you can opt out and buy private insurance or none at all. If you opt out and have no coverage you should be prevented from any other medical service save emergency. This is the only fair way I can see implementing some form of UHC that everyone feels is fair. While these are completely unrelated, in Germany they have a church tax that you can opt out of. But, if you opt out of the tax you can never marry in a German church, only through the state. Something similar to that I think could be effective in America."
    • 0 +1 -1 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?"
  • +11 +28 -17 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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    • -2 +1 -3 Tom Graham Nov. 8, 2016
      ""Affordable" is subjective.
      I am certain you could afford great health insurance if you made it your number 1 priority over all other things. Live in a smaller house or apartment or in your parents basement, then buy and insurance plan. See, you can afford it, you are just unwilling to sacrifice your standard of living for it because you think others should sacrifice for you."
  • +10 +17 -7 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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  • +7 +16 -9 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 +1 -1 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."
    • -1 0 -1 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."
  • +7 +18 -11 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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    • +3 +3 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."
    • -1 +1 -2 Meghan W Oct. 8, 2014
      "I may be thirteen but that's what I think too we should not have to pay taxes just to go through medical care its unfair and very selfish and no I did not get this from an adult these are my words -_-"
  • +7 +18 -11 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 +2 -2 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.""
  • +7 +22 -15 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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    • +1 +1 0 Kayden Patterson Jun. 23, 2015
      "Unless you take in the fact that the price of health care doesn't just "go away," but the cost of regulation and administrating the health care would cause taxes to soar! Let's say that the average cost of health insurance right now is $400 a mo. Yes, that would go away, but taxes would rise $600 a mo. because the cost of regulating and administrating the health care through Gov't bureaucracy would cost $150 a mo. to the average cost of coverage. This wouldn't be imposed as a fee, as the private company would do, but as a tax, and the inflated cost to gathering and recording the extra taxes and information would cost another $50, thus making the overall cost of $400 health care $600, and with the rising cost of labor, minimum wage, and the ever-increasing size and cost of keeping records, the cost would be ever rising, from $600, to $650, to $700, up and up and up."
  • +6 +12 -6 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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  • +6 +16 -10 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 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."
    • +1 +2 -1 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 +1 -1 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?"
  • +5 +20 -15 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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    • +3 +4 -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!!!"
    • +1 +1 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."
    • +1 +1 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."
  • +4 +10 -6 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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    • +1 +1 0 Kayden Patterson Jun. 13, 2015
      "You seem to really believe that everyone should have health care and that it is a really great service, and I couldn't agree more! But I believe that everyone should be able to choose whether or not they actually have the health care. It is my OPINION that everyone should have it. "By the sweat of thy brow, shall man eat." If you get a job, and you decide that you want to make the necessary sacrifices, then you can get health care. we should never force anyone to do anything for us, especially serve us. This is slavery. When we force someone to provide a service, like the health care service, then we are enslaving them. But if we contract with them, then they will be delighted to provide the service, so long as we keep up our side of the contract. No force is required, and this is how it should be. So everyone should have access to health care, and everyone does through the internet or physical Health Care Insurance Offices, but we should never force them to give us anything, including service."
  • +4 +13 -9 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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    • +1 +1 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."
    • 0 0 0 Jace Aug. 1, 2016
      "They have to get loans to pay for all that medical equipment, education, and research that makes healthcare possible, and they have to pay off those loans, silly. If you logic was implemented into government, people would stop becoming doctors in order to avoid breaking the law."
  • +3 +5 -2 Ali Jun. 12, 2017
    "When people speak about whether healthcare should be a Right or Privilege, its usually surrounds these particular issues: Money and Quality. Now healthcare does cost a lot of money and the counter people present is who're going to pay for it. the answer is that the there would be a cut on the $600 BILLION that waste on useless wars and also a tax on wall-street speculation who've by the way cost us 14 TRILLION dollars to bail out. There would also be a demand for a reduction in medicine because Americans pay more for medicine compared to those who live else where. This is how we pay for it. Joel, who doesn't believe healthcare is right uses a single story, which is by the way an illogical fallacy, as a way to try to prove a point that because of his experience or an experience of the few that somehow medicare for all doesn't work. But what he doesn't mention is that although 35k people have come to America for healthcare over 700k Americans have left the US for better healthcare. Ben Shapiro tries to captivate on morale as a reason why he doesn't support it, but let me give a moral dilemma? a poor young girl is dying because she has no healthcare, what do you do? Do you let her die or do you give her the healthcare that she need?"
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  • +3 +15 -12 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."
  • +2 +3 -1 Nick Jul. 27, 2017
    "Marina graduated with a major in Journalism at 22. She immediately got a job at the local paper and worked there for 35 years, and her employer helped with the cost of medical insurance. Marina was a prominent editor, an author, and well liked in the community. Then the paper was acquired by a bigger publishing company. First thing they did was to fire all employees in her age group. At age 57, Marina had no income and no medical care coverage. she was afraid to go to the hospital lest they put a lien on her house for not paying her medical bills. Marina died for lack of medical care and her condition could have been cured with a very short stay at the local hospital. This sad story shouldn't have happened in the Richest Society in the History of Mankind. Why is it OK for our society to spend Tens of Trillions on Fake Wars just to further enrich the Power Class, and not spend 10,000 to save Marina's life? Oh the CON people would say: "Sorry, it's a commodity. You must pay for it. We'll just sit back and watch you die, after having served your community for 35 years . Come on guys, let's grab a beer and watch the ball game" ! That was before ObamaCare. Now the Republicans want to take us back to that jungle. Shame.!"
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  • +2 +3 -1 Kar Jun. 16, 2017
    "The US has the money to cover everyone . Our taxes are just miss used for private interests that benefit certain congressional districts and individuals. The government would like us to think we don't have the money but even Haiti a third world nation has better healhtcare than the US!!!!!!!!!!!"
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  • +2 +7 -5 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."
  • +2 +15 -13 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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  • +2 +12 -10 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 Kayden Patterson Jun. 23, 2015
      "In reference to Leo Failoni's reply to this thread, Research French Communism. Only after several years after nationalizing health care and dental care, did unforeseen regulations spring up to plague the French people. From regulations of health and health care, to diet and lifestyle, to hobbies and habits, to seeking and obtaining employment, to making it illegal to fire a lazy or uncooperative employee, to making it illegal to change careers, and now to forcing you to take up the profession of your father. Just as Methenamine is a gateway drug that leads the user to all other kinds of drugs while providing the sense of happiness and security until you have none of it, the same goes for nationalized health care; only in this case, it is not drugs it leads us to, but regulation and control of your life by someone who does not have your best interest at heart."
    • 0 +1 -1 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."
  • +2 +10 -8 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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    • 0 +1 -1 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."
  • +2 +8 -6 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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  • +1 +2 -1 Michael L. Mar. 5, 2018
    "too many people die because of no healthcare I know this cause 2 members of my family are among those who died because of no healthcare and I don't wanna see anyone else die"
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  • +1 +2 -1 mathew May. 16, 2017
    "were talking about people dying because they cant afford health insurance i would rather pay more taxes to help people live i would wait a little longer in hospitals to help people live. No humans life should depend on not affording health think about it people losing their life"
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  • +1 +2 -1 Death the Kid Apr. 21, 2017
    "I believe that all Americans have the right to AFFORDABLE Health Care because we all deserve equality, especially when preventable conditions become life threatening due to the lack of insurance to go to a proper doctor. I do not believe that the insurance should be completely free to everyone, but should definitely be affordable to everyone."
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  • +1 +7 -6 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 Jace Aug. 1, 2016
      "If government had always stayed out of healthcare, it would be so cheap by now your family or a private organization would have no problem buying you healthcare, but the government regulates healthcare like crazy until it is insanely expensive and long to get healthcare. if they socialized healthcare right no, it might help YOU, but because of ignoring market signals, it would reduce innovation in healthcare, and make it more and more difficult to get healthcare, so some people in the future would die because you wanted to be cured so bad, you didn't care if you stole. I mean, imagine if healthcare were socialized in the 1800s. We'd still be using leeches!"
    • 0 +1 -1 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."
  • +1 +7 -6 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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  • +1 +11 -10 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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  • 0 +1 -1 chris Oct. 25, 2018
    "The V.A. hospital that my dad is cared for at is a great example that the model for universal healthcare would work, as well as the Indian Hospital that I attend, both me and my dad never have to wait to be seen, we both receive excellent coverage, opponents of this say you only have the right if you can afford it, so why not take away their groceries bought with food stamps? Their affordable housing, the founding fathers even put in the Deceleration of Independence that healthcare is a right, being poor should not be a death sentence."
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  • 0 +1 -1 Rob Aug. 26, 2018
    "We need to stop thinking of healthcare as a luxury item, and more as human right like other developed countries do. When you are the richest country in the world that spends almost $610 billion a year on your military you should be able to cut enough spending to reduce costs of health care through single payer tax deductible system."
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  • 0 +1 -1 Jay Jun. 21, 2018
    "According to Gallop, the majority of Americans DO think healthcare is a right now, please update your Con #11. In Gallop's latest results for that question, 2017, the #s have flipped - 56% to 42% believe that the Federal Gov't should manage health insurance. I already have issues with equating an answer to that poll question as dictating whether someone is in favor of or against healthcare being a human right in general, but at least update the info."
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    • 0 0 0 ProCon Jun. 26, 2018
      "Thanks for pointing this out, Jay. The opinion poll results were updated in the background but that con needed an update so it's been deleted now."
  • 0 +2 -2 Emily Nghiem Nov. 27, 2016
    "Because of different beliefs, each person or party should have rights to their policy of choice they agree to pay taxes into and manage, so there is both representation and taxation according to the beliefs of each; this would prevent imposing on others of different beliefs who fund their own programs by invoking the same freedom and equal protection of laws."
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  • 0 +5 -5 Grace Stowers Jun. 3, 2016
    "The U.S. Constitution states, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form," This is completely true and the government is abusing our rights as American citizens."
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    • -1 0 -1 Jace Aug. 1, 2016
      "That's the Declaration of Independence no the constitution and did you notice the "That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the CONSENT of the governed," part? I do not consent to have my money taken away to pay for your healthcare, although I probably would GIVE it to you. You are right. The government is ubusing our right by taxing us and making laws. It would be even worse if they said people have the "right" to healthcare. Healthcare wasn't even INVENTED until least than 2,000 years ago. In the future, are people going to say, "every American has the right to use a tele-porter" or, "every American has the right to a slave, because how can their house be clean without one?""
  • 0 +5 -5 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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  • 0 +7 -7 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?"
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  • 0 +6 -6 JOHANNA MCDONALD Jan. 8, 2013
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  • 0 +9 -9 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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    • +2 +2 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 +1 0 Kayden Patterson Jun. 23, 2015
      "Everyone should, and does, have the right to access to health care. This is accomplished by simply having a health insurance company to have access to! But no one has the right to force that company to serve them, or to force others to provide the means to get that health care service; such would require slavery on the health care service, or the tax payer, or both; and in all actuality, the latter is the most probable."
    • 0 0 0 Jace Aug. 1, 2016
      "That's a good sign people are dying from cancer! Before the medical advancements made by the free market, hardly anybody lived long enough to die from cancer, and back then, if you had cancer, there was nothing they could do to stop or slow it."
    • -2 0 -2 sheary Oct. 16, 2012
      "thx shearylon i think the same and thx for replying me."
  • 0 +7 -7 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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  • 0 +7 -7 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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    • 0 0 0 Mike May. 15, 2017
      "The pursuit of happiness means you have to right to educate yourself and seek gainful employment in any field you choose."
  • 0 +12 -12 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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    • 0 +1 -1 Leo Failoni Oct. 17, 2013
      "By what standard is it the right thing to do?"
  • 0 +9 -9 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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  • 0 +11 -11 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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  • -1 +2 -3 Deb,RN Oct. 7, 2016
    "Yes. It's about time we provided healthcare and other social benefits comparable to all the other countries in this world. It's a shame that corporate greed and govt corruption have ruined this great nation. We can do better for our fellow man."
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  • -1 +3 -4 Jane J Dec. 8, 2015
    "I have been working since age 16, paid taxes for 45+ years. Was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer in Aug 2014. I got COBRA health insurance from my job at a large Medical Center and am receiving SSDI and long term disability from my employer. When I received the 40+ pages of COBRA documents, I missed the section which gave me 30 days to send my SSDI award letter so my COBRA could be extended until after the 2 year waiting period for Medicare. Now I will be without health insurance for 6 months before medicare begins and have found out in AZ individuals on SSDI that are under 65 can not get affordable supplemental insurance. My monthly chemo which is currently working to stop the cancer growth is $15,000 a month. I will soon have to stop it for inability to pay. So, yes there should be health care for all, not just the non-working, non-tax paying people of this country. My neighbor has Medicaid, worked all her life for cash, never paid taxes and receives free Medicaid cab rides to the Doctor and is 10 years younger than me! So soon there will be another dead former long time tax payer unable to afford -- Affordable Health Care."
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  • -1 +4 -5 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 +2 -3 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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  • -1 +6 -7 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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    • +1 +1 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."
  • -1 +8 -9 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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  • -2 +2 -4 bigdog Oct. 4, 2016
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  • -2 +1 -3 Tiffany Aug. 25, 2015
    "Prematurely, I'm posting on the "yes" side of the debate, but I really have more research to do before I can give a true answer. My thoughts are simply:

    Is the government ever going to discuss the actual price our country is willing to put on human life and health? The bottom line is often what they're about so, where do we draw a line between helping someone in need vs. withholding care because they're too poor to afford it? Wouldn't a single payer system eliminate economical discrimination?

    And really, I don't think we need healthcare reform as much as we need a FOOD SYSTEM reform. If Americans stopped eating so much sugar, salt, fat, and processed garbage, if we put the cows back on grass, take the chickens out of the row houses, and stopped contaminating our crops, then maybe JUST MAYBE we'd resolve the root issue of our problems. Would a single-payer system be incentive enough for Americans take better care of themselves and stop depending on the government to do it?"
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  • -2 +2 -4 David V Aug. 2, 2015
    "Universal healthcare prevents an average of 18,000 deaths each year versus healthcare in the United States, increases productivity, and reduces disease."
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  • -2 +3 -5 Emily F. age 12 Nov. 21, 2014
    "EVERY human AND animal in America should have a right to health care. Those on the con side obviously don't care about our fellow citizens of America. It's like saying to a dying child, "Huh! I don't care. I'll just let you die." How would you like it if you were dying and nobody helped you? HEALTH CARE SAVES LIVES, OK?!?!? Over 44,000 deaths in America happen every year because they don't have health insurance. You con people, GET A LIFE! Plus, think about the children. If it were your children dying you would beg for health care. Think about it."
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    • +2 +2 0 Austin Sweeney Sep. 14, 2015
      "and animals??? you must be joking... they're animals... sometimes i cannot believe the sheer ridiculousness of the left wing. Its really amazing actually."
    • 0 0 0 Kayden P age 18 Jun. 23, 2015
      "What about Nature, and the Natural way of things? Animals don't naturally get their life insured! Neither do people! Insurance is a concept that is imagined and made up by humans for humans and human property. Thus, if an owner WANTS to insure his pet, he may do so, only because he owns the pet.
      And no, health care has never and will never save one single life. Humans save lives. It is the human doctors that operate and save those that are dying. It is significant that there are medical bills, not medical fees. If it were fees, then many more people would die because they do not have the money before their treatment to pay for it. The way it is now, is that you get the treatment, and then are left to find a way to pay back the doctors and nurses that saved your life. If you cannot, that is your problem to solve. But your life is always saved before you are paying for the treatment."
  • -2 +5 -7 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 +2 -4 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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  • -2 +1 -3 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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  • -2 +4 -6 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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  • -2 +4 -6 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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  • -2 +5 -7 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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  • -2 +5 -7 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."
  • -2 +4 -6 pattikins May. 24, 2012
    "mental health covered in legislation with health coverage"
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  • -2 +4 -6 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 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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  • -3 +1 -4 feather Feb. 25, 2016
    "Yes I think that every american should have health insurance they need it for all the medicine and for the bankrupt it is not fair because they will have to pay a arm and a leg for the medicine bills and god knows how much money they will have to pay for the bill."
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  • -3 +1 -4 James Feb. 5, 2016
    "Whether Americans are entitled to healthcare may be seen as an extension of the passive euthanasia arguments and EMTALA laws - and acted out in famous cases like the Terri Schiavo court cases. If we forbid the refusal of care, in extreme life support cases, based on the ability to pay, at what point does this mandate supported, or single payer care? At the very least, we need to decide do we pay for preventative care, where in extremis care is so expensive - or do we permit, condone or encourage euthanasia based on ability to pay?"
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  • -3 +2 -5 Michelle Dec. 6, 2014
    "And people wonder why I wanna live in Canada... this is why! America is crap because of not being able to implement this! Germany, UK, Australia, Switzerland, hell even COSTA RICA has universal healthcare, and it's considered part of North America!"
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    • 0 0 0 Kayden Patterson Jun. 23, 2015
      "Then go live there!"
  • -3 +2 -5 dcyoungfly Oct. 3, 2014
    "All American's should have health care because having health care would save lives. Lack of heath care insurance would increase the risk of death. One study found that more than 13,000 deaths occur each year at the age of 55-64 because lack of health care insurance coverage."
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    • 0 0 0 Kayden Patterson Jun. 13, 2015
      "So only the elderly die because lack of health care? What about me? I'm 18 and have type 2 diabetes! If I ate a sandwich at noon, and didn't medicate for it, I could be dead by 2pm! And the medicine in not cheap! Without insurance, 3 days' worth could cost me around $90. What did your "study" prove? Yes Health care is a good idea, and everyone should have access to it, but no one should be forced to provide it! This is a blatant violation of human rights, actual human rights, not some service that one man invented and sold, and now governments are calling it a "right" and forcing it to be given out freely! I work hard to keep my private insurance, and I am proud of it! "By the sweat of Man's brow, shall he eat." If you do not work for it, you shall not get it! Period!"
  • -3 +2 -5 lori g Oct. 3, 2014
    "Yes, I think all americans should have the right to be entitled to Healthcare. The reason to that is lack of health care can cause many deaths especially the old aged grouped 55-64. So if there is Health care people wont have problems worrying about there health because they dont have any backup with them such as health care. Another state managed to provide health care to all citizens while spending just 41.5%. If we can managed to provide citizens Health care we can be ranked higher then being at the bottom of the list of sixteen rich nations. Instituting a right to health care could lower the cost of health care in the U.s. Private health insurance plans spend 11.7% of premiums on administative cost vs. 6.3% spent by public health. Health care is a legitimate function of government. A right to health care could make medical services."
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  • -3 +3 -6 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 Kayden Patterson Jun. 13, 2015
      "Because they have no right to take the property of others. If a thief tries to kidnap a member of your family, (one of your properties, because we take care of them) then do you not have the right to threaten them at the point of a gun? In effect, holding their life as leverage. If you don't think so, would you at least call the police? If yes, what do you think they would do? Probably arrest them, and if they resisted, force would be used, even to the point of possibly killing the thief. So what has changed? If you believe that someone else, anyone else, should pay for your medical bills, then you are taking their property, and you are then the thief. But the rules don't apply to you, right?"
  • -3 +3 -6 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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  • -3 +3 -6 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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  • -3 +3 -6 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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  • -3 +3 -6 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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  • -3 +5 -8 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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  • -3 +5 -8 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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  • -3 +4 -7 Jamillia Bronson Jan. 9, 2013
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  • -3 +3 -6 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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  • -3 +4 -7 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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  • -4 0 -4 Desiree Struckman Apr. 21, 2016
    "I believe that all Americans should be entitled to Health Care. I think this because say something bad really happens in someones life then they will need to be able to see a doctor and be able to get treated. All Americans need to be treated the same and not any different than anyone else."
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    • +1 +1 0 Jace Aug. 1, 2016
      "So why should some Americans have to be taxed, and others not? Why should some have to be at the back of the long, long line for healthcare and others at the front?"
  • -4 0 -4 gabriel hernandez Apr. 4, 2016
    "If it wasnt for madicade many people would suffer all they need is basic health care services."
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  • -4 0 -4 Pat Apr. 4, 2016
    "Hospitals may not turn away people who do not have health insurance already, in effect, we already have universal health care. Allowing a program where everyone pays simply allows government to let insurance companies, or states to price gouge, and set selective health care access - in effect, working against the benefit of citizens rather than working for them. Allowing government to lower prices is much more appropriate than allowing them to choose who gets access to healthcare, and who doesn't - in a contrived system of healthcare coverage controlled by prices."
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  • -4 0 -4 Aislyn Feb. 5, 2016
    "If the government can afford to militarize all the time and they do that through taxes no one cares but now that the question is about free health insurance then people freak out. When we try to help Americans in some way people don't like it but if we put money towards killing people then its ok"
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  • -4 0 -4 Kelly Jan. 8, 2016
    "Yes because if people have any health insurance they do not have to pay a total of $75,000 to get their name on the heart transplant and they won't have to pay a total of $250,000 to have the transplant."
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  • -4 +1 -5 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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  • -4 +4 -8 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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  • -4 +3 -7 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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  • -4 +3 -7 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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  • -4 +3 -7 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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  • -4 +3 -7 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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  • -4 +2 -6 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 0 0 Jace Aug. 1, 2016
      "Government "charity" is almost always 1% of what private charity would be if it were allowed to exist. History has proven this, look up the story of Grover Cleveland nullifying the grain bill. The government tries to fix "problems" in the economy, when there are only two problems. Scarcity and government. The free market is constantly solving scarcity, government always makes it worse."
  • -4 +2 -6 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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  • -4 +2 -6 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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  • -4 +2 -6 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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  • -4 +2 -6 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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  • -5 +3 -8 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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  • -6 0 -6 A.R. Apr. 29, 2014
    "The US is one of the few developed nations that does not have universal healthcare. About 45 million people do not have health insurance. In 2007, 62.1% of all US bankruptcies were related to medical expenses."
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    • +1 +2 -1 Anonymous Dec. 2, 2014
      "Where are your sources?"
  • -15 +9 -24 Juanita Bonita Feb. 16, 2012
    "go obama!!!"
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  • +71 +122 -51 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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    • +7 +7 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)."
    • +4 +5 -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,
    • -6 +2 -8 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"
  • +29 +81 -52 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 +8 -1 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."
    • +5 +11 -6 Gunner Mar. 5, 2012
      "Doctors get paid millions for their work. They can afford it."
    • +1 +2 -1 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 +5 -7 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?"
  • +12 +34 -22 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 +2 -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."
    • 0 0 0 Emma Oct. 17, 2017
      "Who said anything about being forced to purchase health care? The government should offer free health care to all; people who need it can take it, those who don't want it can leave it. Additionally, government provided health care doesn't mean that they make all health care decisions. These choices should be between the patient and the doctor. The procedure being free doesn't change that."
    • 0 0 0 kar Jun. 16, 2017
      "Trump says the government should protect us How????? If we have national security great but if we don't hve access to good helath programs to enjoy our national safety what is the point. People are dying because they can't pay for medical expenses and medications that drug companies are becoming bilion and trillion dollar industries......."
    • 0 0 0 Ashley Peterson Apr. 21, 2016
      "You have to understand though the government has to be able to give all the Americans health care. Americans can't do it themselves. If they could all Americans would have it right now."
  • +11 +48 -37 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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    • +3 +3 0 James Jan. 9, 2012
      "It IS socialism. They have just put a different name on it. "Universal.""
    • +1 +3 -2 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 -1 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 0 0 kar Jun. 16, 2017
      "our government wants us to think socialsim is bad but it isn't. I have relatives who live in a socialistic country and they pay less taxes that we do here and have free free free health insurance......."
    • -1 +3 -4 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."
  • +8 +25 -17 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 Thomas Sep. 23, 2017
      "You are short on the Constitution. 'GENERAL WELFARE CLAUSE. Article I, section 8 of the U. S. Constitution grants Congress' could be understood to support access the healthcare."
    • 0 0 0 Kayden Patterson Jun. 23, 2015
      "Simon, Airplanes are a mode of transportation and trade. The "elastic clause" applies because the government was given the right to regulate interstate and intrastate trade. Thus, the "elastic clause" is not elastic, but holds strictly to that to which it was intended. The Government was given the authority to regulate interstate and intrastate trade, and it does so by regulating planes, a tool in interstate and intrastate trade."
    • 0 0 0 Kayden Patterson Jun. 3, 2015
      "Have you read the Constitution lately? Because you sound like you have! You put the whole argument into perspective! Thank you!"
    • -1 0 -1 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."
    • -2 0 -2 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."
  • +8 +49 -41 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 +1 -1 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."
  • +7 +20 -13 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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    • 0 +1 -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."
  • +4 +15 -11 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 +16 -12 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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    • 0 0 0 Kayden Patterson Jun. 23, 2015
      "It is not a practical (or moral) course of action at any point. Look at what it did to Canada! And Canada has a MUCH smaller population then does the United States, so it would be MUCH easier to regulate, control, assess, and correct flaws in the Canadian system then in the American system. The same goes for England, Mexico, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, France, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Russia, Egypt, etc., all of which are struggling, to no avail, to stay out of debt brought on by nationalized, and only sometimes free, health care. Whether we can see it yet or not, their economies are being destroyed, and their governments are slowly, but surely, slipping into anarchy and chaos. Take France, for example! After nationalizing health care, not 20 years went by before unforeseen regulations on every aspect of life followed. Regulations on health and treatment of disease, diet and lifestyle, seeking employment, obtaining and continuing in employment, illegalization of firing unproductive or lazy employees, illeagalization of changing of careers, etc., the list goes on and on. Is this what we want in the US? Other nations that have nationalized health care are beginning to look more like France every day..."
  • +4 +35 -31 Cat Mar. 17, 2012
    "We have the right to be free, not to get free stuff."
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    • 0 0 0 Paul May. 18, 2016
      "You say we should take responsibility for our own health and treatment. Tell me should I end up with cancer and need cancer medications, do I just will it so? Or do I cough up 100,000$ for medical treatment? Do I remortgage my house or do I just die? It's almost like you purposefully ignore the fact that medical treatment isn't just deciding between needing it or not, the problem is the costs associated with the treatment and how only the affluent, the one's with good private insurance (assuming the cancer allows them to continue their job) or the incredibly sickly who have traversed the hoops needed to apply for medicare can receive. Should the sick middle class just die off?"
    • 0 +1 -1 Kayden P Jun. 3, 2015
      "AMEN! Someone understands the difference between the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; and the perceived "right" to force someone to give you your life, to force someone to serve you and therefore destroy their liberty, and the attained perceived happiness by forcing someone to give it to you."
    • 0 +8 -8 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!"
  • +3 +8 -5 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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  • +3 +16 -13 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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    • +4 +4 0 Tricia Nov. 20, 2014
      "People can't afford insurance today, leading them to use Emergency Rooms as their primary care because Emergency Rooms HAVE to see you. This already results in long waits. Why don't you research Emergency Waiting Room deaths where people have died due to not being seen in a reasonable amount of time because these ER's are packed full of uninsured adults with sore throats."
    • 0 +2 -2 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."
  • +3 +14 -11 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!!!!!!!
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    • -1 0 -1 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?"
    • -2 +1 -3 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."
  • +3 +36 -33 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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    • +8 +8 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 +5 -3 Austin Sweeney Sep. 14, 2015
    "Why can't we just pay doctors for the care we require and keep federal government out of it. Or any kind of government for that matter. All the federal government is responsible for is the military and foreign affairs that affect the country. they need to get their big ugly, dysfunctional nose out of my personal business because i am a free American and i am responsible for myself and will pay for medicine and medical attention when i need it. All this business of being "entitled" to government funded healthcare is a load of BS. Work hard. Make money. And then save so you can spend that money on a good doctor when you fall off a ladder and break your legs. Or get cancer. Or whatever. Federal government getting involved in health care is a seriously complicating disastrous mistake."
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  • +2 +4 -2 Dave Aug. 30, 2015
    "No unless they want to buy it themselves. I should not have to pay more taxes so a bum can get free healthcare. If it is so important then they will find a way to buy it for themselves.

    I think that your health is your responsibility, and my health is my responsibility. It is not for the federal government to decide.

    If they want to make it easier for people to get they need to be creative that use their own money. If they force me to have their plan they should be forced to have the same plan to insure themselves.

    I know for a fact that it is unconstitutional because I have read the constitution a lot of times. The document was not put there for the feds to interpret as they please."
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  • +2 +5 -3 Kayden Patterson Jun. 3, 2015
    "The proper role of government is the same role a private security company. This is, they protect the customer, the citizenry, from crimes, and punish those that commit a crime against them. The only right that they are to protect is to live. Not life, but to live. This includes life, the freedom to live your life as you want, (liberty) and to seek after happiness, however or wherever you may look. However, because other people have the same rights as you, and they are protected as you are, we cannot violate other's right to live. This is all government is meant to do. Protect the innocent, detour crime, and punish those that are criminals. How does Life insurance fit into this equation? In fact, "free" health care forces those in the insurance business to insure you. This violates their right of free engagement, which is part of the right of liberty, as well as their right to seek for happiness, and it robs them of their time, which is thievery of their life. Yes, everyone has the right to ACCESS TO health care, (they are free to look and find and sign up for it) but NO ONE has the right to FORCE ANYONE to GIVE THEM free or affordable health care. No one has the right to force anyone else to do anything. This violates their right."
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  • +2 +5 -3 Macwhitten Dec. 9, 2014
    "What is missing from this debate is a focus on universal individual responsibility. Every adult must be responsible for himself, his offspring, his life choices. To begin a discussion on providing government funded health care one must establish a set of "fair play" responsibilities which all must accept. If you don't want to live by the rules, then pay your own way. Those of us who are taking care of our health, delaying gratification, living within our means and earning what we spend should not be penalized by others who are not doing the same. We can design a better healthcare system - but NOT without emphasis on personal responsibility!"
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  • +2 +8 -6 Aaron Oct. 12, 2014
    "Government provided health care can never work efficiently. One only needs to look at he VA and/or the Bureau of Workers Compensation. If you have ever had to use either one of those you know there is nothing efficient, economical or exceptional in involved."
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  • +2 +5 -3 David Read Jun. 7, 2014
    "Entrepreneurship is stifled when any new venture needs to address bureaucratic rules and provide health coverage rules that discourage hiring such as requirements to provide health insurance. I know big companies that moved a very large percentage of their employees to fewer hours to skirt the requirements of Obama Care."
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  • +2 +10 -8 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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  • +2 +11 -9 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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    • +1 +1 0 Kayden Patterson Jun. 23, 2015
      "I quite agree! I am diabetic because I have a family history of diabetes, including both of my grandfathers, one of which has passed away, 2 of my uncles, my brother and I! And Cancer is a disease of the cells, and diet or health has nothing to do with causing it, only making what is already there worse-on VERY FEW occasions!"
    • 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"
  • +2 +14 -12 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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  • +2 +13 -11 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 +13 -11 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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  • +2 +12 -10 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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  • +2 +19 -17 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 +3 -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.."
  • +1 +3 -2 Jace May. 31, 2016
    "The government is the reason that we have our current health care problems. They're also the reason we're having environmental problems. Look at how they mess up ecosystems and the economy, do you want that happening to healthcare?"
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  • +1 +5 -4 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 is called slavery."
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    • +1 +1 0 Kayden Patterson Jun. 3, 2015
      "True! It violates all of their rights, their life (physical bondage and usage of their time), liberty (they cannot leave or make decisions for themselves), and their pursuit of happiness (because they have no liberty)."
  • +1 +6 -5 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 +6 -5 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"
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  • +1 +5 -4 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 0 0 Lisa Nov. 7, 2018
    "Some please explain how you have a right to somebody else's labor."
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  • 0 0 0 John May. 17, 2018
    "The idea that an adult is "entitled" to health care, negates the idea that they are responsible to TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES! There are too many self-destructive idiot adults in this country that live unhealthy lifestyles, and engage in substance use, and therefore, NEGATE their own health! NO ONE should have to pay for that level of stupidity, especially when all it does is drive the cost of health care UP!"
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  • 0 +2 -2 Michelle Nov. 10, 2016
    "OK, all you PRO folks, how much of your hard earned income are you willing to give up so that everyone has health care? It's not free unless you force doctors and hospitals to give medical assistance for free--e.g., work for free. Would you work for free so everyone has health care? Or, you can require insurance companies to provide free insurance for everyone and they will be out of business in no time. Health insurance companies are NOT charities. They are in business to make money for their owners. OK, so the government should provide it--how do you think the government is going to pay for it--those of us who pay taxes will just have to pay more. Where is your rational thinking?"
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  • 0 +1 -1 Andy Jun. 20, 2016
    "This is a neglected argument. the problem with so-called "positive rights" is they are imputing a right to someone else's labor. Whether through outright theft (Medicare payouts are ~50% of the cost to doctors of many procedures, and hospitals are required by law to treat anyone in an emergency room, which results in people using the hospital as their primary care physician) or taxation (you must pay for my healthcare or we'll seize your house), or delays (Patient with a life threatening condition dies because the emergency room is overwhelmed) - it's theft, slavery, and/or rationing"
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    • 0 0 0 Jace Aug. 1, 2016
      "Well said"
  • 0 +3 -3 ScotD Mar. 28, 2016
    "No one has a right to anything other than the ability to provide for themselves Taxing me for a program I can't control, have no input in, isn't personally accountable to me and I simply don't want would be violating my right to provide for myself. It would also violate my right to choose the method of care I receive since the industry would be further regulated by the government. The costs would be hidden, the values assigned to various treatments would be arbitrary rather than chosen by the market. The government would have a monopoly by force.

    Imagine the DMV but as your hospital...

    Healthcare should be left to the market, unregulated by government. We would see an improvement in quality and lowered prices. Market forces are responsible for the huge rise of standard of living in the last centuries. There is no reason to believe the market would not produce the best healthcare as well. Doing some research on healthcare you'll find many barriers of entry, regulations and other bureaucratic waste has lead to such high prices we see today.

    I don't want anyone to go without care but personal responsibility must come into play here, Charity could otherwise pay for those that cannot provide for themselves."
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  • 0 +3 -3 PH Mar. 10, 2016
    "Healthcare is a service provided by people. Saying you have a right to healthcare is saying you have the right to force a doctor to care for you. The same goes for medication. To think ANYONE has the right to force a company to proved medication free of charge is absurd."
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  • 0 +5 -5 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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  • 0 +5 -5 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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  • 0 +11 -11 Dave Aug. 27, 2012
    "Nope, it is most definitely not a right."
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  • 0 +9 -9 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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  • 0 +8 -8 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."
  • 0 +10 -10 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 +13 -13 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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  • 0 +15 -15 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."
  • 0 +14 -14 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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  • 0 +17 -17 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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  • 0 +31 -31 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."
  • -1 0 -1 Glen F. Mar. 3, 2018
    "Before big government got involved. Three days in a hospital (not any hospital - Stanford Medical Center) and an operation all of which would have cost tens of thousand of dollars today. Even with inflation (another big government problem) most people could afford the $2 out of pocket."
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  • -1 +1 -2 Emily Nghiem Nov. 27, 2016
    "Because of different beliefs on free market vs govt health care, each person or party should have rights to their policy of choice they agree to pay taxes into and manage, so there is both representation and taxation according to the beliefs of each; this would prevent imposing on others of different beliefs who fund their own programs by invoking the same freedom and equal protection of laws. It would be equally unconstitutional to impose free market beliefs on those who believe health care is a right, and vice versa. To protect all beliefs and creeds equally requires free choice of program, which I recommend through parties, so the right to health care believers can set this up statewide and nationally without imposing on other people or parties who believe in free market choices."
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  • -1 +1 -2 Tom Graham Nov. 8, 2016
    "There is a difference between healthcare and healthcare insurance. To decrease the cost of healthcare we should regulate hospitals that provide 24 hours emergency care to also provide 24 hour non-emergency care, and give a standard algorithm to determine which the patient requires.
    CHARITY must always be voluntary and up to the individual to decide how much of their wealth is affordable to them to give to charity. Before FDR Churches accounted for 90% of the hospitals in the US and gave healthcare away for FREE to people in need and passed those costs on to benefactors or patients who could afford more. If you didn't want to support such a charity, you didn't need to use that hospital. After FDR, we have all become slaves to a "benevolent master" who decides how much charity we can afford and takes it at the end of a gun in order to promote what it considers "the greater good"."
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  • -1 +1 -2 romero06 Oct. 12, 2016
    "Why is government health care a bad idea?

    What is "The Affordable Care Act" (ACA), the definition that is given, "is a US health care reform law that expands and improves access to care and curbs spending through regulations and taxes." What does this really mean? Pro's and Con's just to give an example. Pro Increased coverage? How? Reduced health care cost? A promise to reduce out-of-pocket costs for individuals? Now the Con's There will be a shortage of health care professionals over the next decade. Higher drug costs? We have witnessed on larger scale mergers, workforce downsizing and decrease in research. How is this going to benefit the hard working American who just wants to see the tax money they are already paying to be put to better use, without any increase or out-of-pocket of any kind. If the government can't make Medicaid/Medicare work properly, what makes us think they will do a better job at "The Affordable Care Act"? Thank you for reading, it is appreciated. This is posted for a school research project."
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  • -1 +2 -3 Carrol Jan. 8, 2016
    "No because without health care you will have to pay $75,000 to have your name on the list for a heart transplant and have to pay $250,000 to get the transplant"
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  • -1 +5 -6 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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  • -1 +4 -5 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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  • -1 +3 -4 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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  • -1 +7 -8 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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  • -2 +4 -6 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 +7 -9 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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  • -2 +6 -8 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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    • 0 +1 -1 Northstar MS Jan. 9, 2015
      "Freedom doesn't actually exist. We can't avoid taxes, school, or laws. If we are free to cross the street when we legally shouldn't, we would probably get hit by a truck. We already pay taxes, so why should it matter if we pay a little more to help others in need?"
  • -2 +3 -5 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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  • -2 +6 -8 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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  • -2 +7 -9 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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  • -2 +5 -7 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 +6 -8 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."
  • -2 +6 -8 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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  • -2 +8 -10 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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  • -2 +10 -12 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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  • -2 +9 -11 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."
  • -2 +12 -14 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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  • -2 +23 -25 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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  • -3 0 -3 Jo Sep. 11, 2017
    "Health care is not a right in the constitution, period, end of story. When people compare costs and say the U.S. spends more than other countries, they forget to add in the tax dollars spent on socialized education. U.S.medical professionals pay for their own education, not the taxpayers. This is a cost that must be added to the health care costs that Americans don't have to spend but other countries do.."
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  • -3 0 -3 Scott Jun. 28, 2017
    "Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness were guarantees that our government would not interfere with our individual freedom to pursue the life and happiness we desired. That is why we have amendments against illegal search and seizure, or the government can't house soldiers in our homes without our consent. These were all established based on terrible things the English King was doing to us as colonies. No where did the Founding Fathers suggest that it was up to government to guarantee things that helped us lead a better, healthier and happier life. If that were the case then government would need to guarantee us free transportation, free child care, free everything so we can pursue a life without any problems."
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  • -3 0 -3 John Locke Mar. 23, 2017
    "Well Merrill you're just wrong. A "right' doesn't impose burdens on other people. You can practice your religion, fine, it's your right. Just don't demand that I build you a church! You can speak all you want, but buy your own megaphone! If whisky makes you happy, pursue it. I ain't buying it for you! Adam Smith taught in 1797 that we don't ask the baker for bread because we need it, we pay for it. Since Babylonian times the rule has been that if you want a good or service you exchanged something that the seller accepted as payment. Anything less was theft. Since FDR's time we are increasingly replacing that timeless model with "if you want medical care or drugs, convince a doctor that its a good idea, then some other entity (government or insurance) will force someone else (taxpayer or premium payer) to pay for it. This idiotic idea produced a monster which became so costly, filled with waste, and bureaucratic that increasing number of people have opted out. The ACA was an effort to force people to pay into the system, while doling out ever more free (payed by others) stuff to Democrat voters. Well Socialism always runs out of other people's money and we are seeing it now in slow motion."
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    • 0 0 0 Ali Jun. 12, 2017
      "if that was the case then I should have the right to ask for my money back because it was my money that payed for k-12 schooling."
  • -3 +3 -6 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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  • -3 +4 -7 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 +1 0 Kayden Patterson Jun. 3, 2015
      "While I do agree on some things, primarily the habit of one or both sides to slap the word "right" on to everything, I do disagree with your belief that there are no rights. We have only one right. That is to live. Not life, but to live. The right to live includes the three Constitutionally-protected rights that are commonly referred to, but it is real the right to do anything that you desire and to own anything you desire, so long as it does not infringe on another's right to do the same. Therefore, we have the right to live anywhere we desire, but we do not have the right to force the taxi driver to take us there. When they slap the word "right" on all of these misnomers, they call a right something that is only half so. We have the right to own a home, but we do not have the right to force someone to sell us a home. By have the right to own a home, I am saying that we have the right and ability to be able to purchase it, not that we have the right to obtain it regardless of trade of exchange, usually done in currency. So, yes, we do have an unlimited number of rights, we just have to be able to tell what a right is. This is done by making sure that it does not infringe upon someone else's right to enact their rights."
  • -3 +4 -7 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."
  • -3 +6 -9 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 +6 -9 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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  • -4 0 -4 josiah Jun. 7, 2017
    "it should be your own choice to get health care not the goverments"
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  • -4 +2 -6 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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    • 0 0 0 Kayden Patterson Jun. 23, 2015
      "It is wrong to allow slavery, no matter how severe. Any forced coverage is slavery to the insurance provider and the taxpayer. So, yes, it is a yes or no question, as any allowance is tyranny and oppression for at least one group, most likely more than one group. Any compromise with tyranny is not freedom, but tyranny."
  • -4 +7 -11 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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  • -5 +9 -14 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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    • 0 0 0 Kayden Patterson Jun. 3, 2015
      "Not all of them. I am against Government health care. I also have diabetes, as does my older brother. And my grandma fought cancer five years ago, only to have it come back. She's not insured, but we are doing all we can to, as a family, get her treated without insurance. And all of my family are very against government health care. I don't want sympathy, and I don't mean to sound harsh or rude. Just try not to make judgments, only judge the matter for yourself and express your opinions."
  • -6 0 -6 meineke Aug. 16, 2017
    "I heart socialism because I'm a leftist :)
    Give me my entitlements because I deserve it for doing nothing. Hey, you get these entitlements too, ya know? It's a 'free country' and that means we deserve free stuff, duh!"
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  • -6 +9 -15 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 +5 -13 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."
  • -8 +20 -28 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."
  • -11 +3 -14 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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  • -14 +15 -29 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 [email protected]@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 Kayden Patterson Jun. 3, 2015
      "The problem that we have with illegal aliens will only increase. I am not bashing aliens, only illegal ones. If you want to live in America, let us know, pay taxes with us, vote with us, and be one of us. America is not white, or caucasian. We are, and always have been a melting pot from all countries and races. The biggest reason we have the illegal alien problem is because of our welfare system that allows them to get something for nothing, and therefore commit burglary against the entire American people; including little 8-year-old Lucy trying to buy a lollypop from the store! It is horrible, immoral, unjust, and outright wicked! It must be stopped! Let them come in legally and without theft of all the people. Free, or government-subsidized health care will only incentivize them!"
    • +1 +1 0 Sandy Nov. 30, 2011
      "Well said ! I agree 100 pecent !"
  • -20 +3 -23 bobby Mar. 27, 2012
    "why pay for something your dont need."
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    • -1 +1 -2 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"
  • -29 +9 -38 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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    • +6 +7 -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."
    • 0 +1 -1 Kayden P Jun. 3, 2015
      "Why do you insist on arguing in an irrational, emotional way that discredits your argument as it is fogged with emotion? And what did this comment have to do with, or help solve, the debate over whether Governmentally-controlled health care is a good or bad idea?"