Health care...what care?
An in-depth look at some of the issues in health care reform, like
- "Who gets coverage. Better yet, who doesn't?"
- comparing the Israeli system with the American one
- is health care a human right? And does it matter?
- what changes should be made, and how to ensure coverage, etc.
Yet there is another group of people who are guaranteed free health care by law - prisoners.
Since prisoners have protection under the constitution not to be treated cruelly or unusually, they obtain the right of health care.
"The average citizen does not have anybody looking out to make sure they're not treated in a cruel, unusual way," said Caplan, who has a doctorate in the history and philosophy of science. "You can forget about the homeless guy at the footstep of the hospital and you can dump him in the street. There's no constitutional protection because he's not under the care of the state."
I saw a button not so long ago that read, "Our national health plan: DON'T GET SICK!"
For those 46 million uninsured Americans, not getting sick is their only option.