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A right is defined as a natural entitlement. The Declaration of Independence delineates the most basic of human rights as inalienable: "Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." Because they are an entitlement, not a privilege or favor, we do not owe anyone gratitude for their recognition of our rights. The purpose of rights is to protect individual autonomy, however, every right confers on someone a responsibility or obligation. There is no free lunch.
Liberty rights protect unencumbered effort and choices, as far as the rights of others are not encroached on. The responsibility for protecting our individual right to liberty rests largely on the state's police power, which is dedicated to protect the citizenry from physical harm.
The right to the pursuit of happiness is to some extent synonymous with the right to own property. The right to the accumulation of property does not confer an entitlement to be given wealth though the government in general guarantees that an individual will not be deprived of his property and sometimes even provides incentives for people to accumulate property. This right obviously has the corresponding responsibility of individual ingenuity and hard work.
Originally posted by schrodingers dog
Is healthcare a fundamental human right and why?
Should healthcare be a fundamental human right and why?
Originally posted by xpert11
Yes it is a human right providing one is talking about treatment of physical injures , mental injuries and illness not boob jobs .
Try going without it when your not in good health enough said . The real debate is about how to best deliver health care to people .
Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
I think health care is a human right ONLY to the extent that if someone is sick, they have a right to be seen and treated. The reason I think this is that to do otherwise (let a person remain ill or die) is inhumane. I can see health care falling under the right to pursue happiness.
I don't think health insurance is a right. But I do think that everyone in this country should have access to it. Because that's the way we get health care. So, as it's set up now, I want to see this bill pass. Because I want to live in a society where we take care of our fellow man instead of being selfish and leaving him to be sick or die. If those who can afford it have to give a little extra to make sure that everyone can have access to good health care, I'm absolutely okay with that. Because I don't want to live in a society where the people who are fortunate enough to have a good income take care of themselves and let the less fortunate in our society go without health care and get sick and die.
Originally posted by CoffinFeeder
reply to post by schrodingers dog
In my opinion, healthcare is not a right, it is a service.
for long parts of our history, healthcare was the responsibility of the individual and/or their family (unit). Even back in various tribal times, there was a medicine man, and they often were tendered some sort of payment.
See, here is the thing, these people are maintaining the body as a specialist, much as a mechanic is a specialist who keeps your car running, and the computer geek keeps your computer running, and so on. Now, you don't seem to ever suddenly declare that these services are rights too, because you know that you don't really need them to live and survive.