Now that the affordable care act is rolling out I wonder if we should revisit this notion. AND (maybe more particularly) if it is a right, is the federal government the best instrument to provide it.
One very large problem, that will not go away in the foreseeable future, is the fact that everything involved in providing healthcare (diagnostic tests, surgeons, nurses, CNAs, surgical instruments, electricity and clean water) costs money. In some cases it costs a lot of money. Without money coming from somewhere to pay for hospitals, staff, and medical supplies, healthcare cannot exist at all.
I wish we lived in a world where no one had to worry about not being able to afford surgery or a doctor's visit. I just don't see how universal healthcare can be provided to everyone, including those who don't or cannot contribute money to help pay for it. If expenses are greater than income, the whole system collapses, unless someone discovers a money tree. (And if they do, I want one.)
Until then, someone's money (and by extension, someone's time and labor) will be conscripted to help pay for someone else's care. Ought the government to compel people to make such a contribution?
Last edit by Clementia on Jun 13, '13