Should Healthcare Be A Fundamental Right

560 words - 3 pages

Business 102
February 15 2011

Fundamental Right – A basic or foundational right, derived from natural law; a right deemed by the supreme court to receive the highest level of constitutional protection against government interference.
No I do not believe that healthcare should be a fundamental right. Rights are different than entitlements. Under natural law governments were created by free people to protect their natural rights, and no one is entitled to the services of another person. If one truly believes healthcare is a right that each of us retains, it is impossible to intellectually justify putting the federal government in charge of administering a program that provides, denies, or pays for care. If one believes that every citizen is entitled to health ...view middle of the document...

I believe that when they start taking away our choices they start taking away our freedom. If you consider healthcare a fundamental right because it is necessary to life then you should also consider food, shelter, and clothing.
Who is required to pay for medical care if it were a right? It is said that if it is a right, then everyone that has social security will have to have healthcare. If you refuse healthcare you will have to pay a fine of up to $695 or up to 2.5 percent of your income by 2016. Also people who make three to four times the poverty level would get enough federal money so that they would not have to pay more than ten percent of their income.
It would not have an effect on businesses under fifty employees, because they would be exempt from providing insurance. For businesses larger than fifty employees they would have to provide insurance to the employees. Or they would risk having to pay a fine of $2,000 for every full-time employee. Now if you are a larger business and one of your employees is within the poverty level and their share is over eight percent of their income and they cannot afford the firm offered insurance. Then they would have the option of going out and buying insurance on their own through marketplaces this bill will have set up. You as their employer would have to help them.
Now don’t get me wrong, I think some aspects of the healthcare bill are excellent. Like the fact that the insurance companies will have to start accepting pre-existing conditions in children. There just aren’t enough positives. They say the American people have been denied of their right and that’s why they are trying to push this bill. Which is incorrect, because we have had the right to chose to get healthcare or not. By them pushing the bill, it is them denying us of our fundamental right.

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