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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights specifies health care is a human right:
“Article 25 – 1. Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control (“Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” art. 25-1).” Health care is a vital defense of human life as well as self-worth. Undoubtedly, it is more than a necessity; it is a fundamental human right, a vital defense of human life as well as self-worth. I believe health care should not depend on where one is employed, how much is in their banks account, or where they live. If there is a right to life, then there is a right to health.
In addition, in 1944 President Roosevelt proposed a ‘Second Bill of Rights’ that included: “The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health”. It is truly unfortunate that we are still fighting to obtain that right. In 2015 my mother-in-law passed away due to stage four breast cancer. For many years she complained of pain but due to her insurance she was unable to receive quality treatment that could have possibly saved her life, instead she was consistently turned away until it was too late. However, we are consistently teaching that each human life must be protected, and human dignity promoted leads us to insist that all individuals have a right to health care, but this is not the case. The US census bureau report suggested that in 2017, 8.8 percent of people, or 28.5 million, were uninsured during the entire year (US Census Bureau, 2018). While most developed countries have either a parallel public or a private healthcare system. The public option is exactly how it sounds, an option covering everyone, with little or no out-of-pocket expense, also extended wait times and minimal treatment options. An example a public school open to all but offers minimal academic standards and below average curriculum. On the other side is the private system allowing individuals options on the insurance they want and need, paying out of pocket without any government assistance. This form health system is like the private school allowing parents and students options and paying out of the pocket.
To conclude, the healthcare system offers two options one option is a right, the other a privilege. If we simply combine the two systems and create the two-system approach providing health coverage for all. Making the public system the right meaning it does not discriminate or have bias against anybody, and the private system for the privilege. The Declaration of Independence asserts we all have a right to: “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (US 1776).”Without doubt, if there is a right to life there must be a right to healthcare you cannot achieve life without health, and the absence of health denies the possibility of happiness.
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US Census Bureau. (2018, September 12). Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the U.S.: 2017. Retrieved from

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