Although you stated in the beginning of your post that you believe that health care is a right and a privilege, your conclusion indicated that you are of the opinion that healthcare is a privilege. While I share you ideology as a public health nurse in the making that individuals should try and live healthy lives to the best of their ability in order to avoid preventable illness and that we should all have access to basic health care, I am of the contrary view to your opinion that not everyone should have access to the highest of technology because the cost of health care was getting out of control. I want to point it out to you that already, there are different government programs helping people in needs. According to Rachel Sheffield and Robert Rector (2011), 1 out of 6 US citizens receive some form of government assistance; fifty million US citizens are on Medicaid, forty million citizens receive Food Stamps, 4.4 million receive direct cash assistance, and 10 million receive unemployment benefits. I think that the government only needs to restructure her programs in order to provide basic healthcare for everyone. Lastly, according to Shangohee, a political and business commentator in his huffingtonpost, “other nations, such as Canada and the United Kingdom, have long provided such health care with good results so there is no reason to believe that it cannot work here”. Everyone has the right to live in a healthy state of mind and body which is exactly what health care is for. In my own opinion, healthcare is indeed a human right, not a privilege; all people deserve to have it.
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