A Moral Analysis of the American Healthcare System

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Article is property of Oatboat.
Originally published on April 27th, 2017.

Is there a Place for Money?

This is not a question of “wouldn’t it be nice?” This is a question of ethics. Is healthcare a right or a privilege?

The fourteenth amendment promises that the State should not deprive any person of life, liberty, or property without due process of law. It’s also responsible to protect these things for people. From that standpoint – which I reckon most people agree with – healthcare in its most simple and necessary form should be a right granted and protected by the State. This would imply that money – rather, basic consumerism – should not be a player in people’s right to healthcare.

People disagree with this all across the board. In a 2009 episode of Philosophy Talk, it was argued that healthcare isn’t a constitutionally guaranteed right, but also that, given the richness of our nation, people ought to have free basic healthcare on some level. While it’s argued that more riches should be able to buy more luxury goods, healthcare seems much different than a luxury good. For the purpose of this article, I’m going to assume we all agree that life is a right, not a privilege, and conclude that healthcare should also be a right, regardless of class or income.

Thanks to Oatboat for letting me write an opinion piece they disagree with. I still have a ways to go in figuring out my thoughts on everything I wrote about, but I’m grateful I got to write down where I’m at right now. Read more here.

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