I have a friend on Facebook who posted a question on his personal page. He asks, “Health care…right or privilege?” It is a very good question. It is a question that should be answered as part of the current debate over healthcare reform.
One of the responses to my friend’s questions reads:
a community cares for the sick because the sick are human beings, and because those who care for them are human beings. to deny care is inhumane, and the denial dehumanizes both parties. health care is a function of human nature, not of human diligence. it’s a right.
This seems reasonable to me. We care for others because it is the humane thing to do and it would be inhumane to do otherwise. However, another responder states:
Hmmmm…. If you really think about it, this is where it gets extremely difficult. How much care qualifies as sufficient healthcare? Where is the line? Who decides where the line is? What is my responsibility towards others in caring for them (since it is my tax dollars that ultimately will be used for their healthcare)?
What are your thoughts? Is this as complex an issue as I see it?
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