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“There’s no such thing as a free lunch.” Milton Friedman published a book with this very title in 1975. Is it not a great example of how the world works? When it comes down to it, lunch is being paid by someone. That very “free” lunch is costing someone something. It may not be the recipient, or even the person giving it to them, but someone is paying for it. This all comes to show how the economy, and even the world, works. America’s government has gone through many different stances on this statement over the years and is still pushing and pulling the idea of free healthcare for their people through the system. It may seem like a no brainer to some, but allow all the evidence to be presented side by side and it is quite a challenge to pick …show more content…
This right flows from the sanctity of human life and the dignity that belongs to all human persons, who are made in the image of God.' Healthcare is more than a commodity; it is a basic human right, an essential safeguard of human life and dignity. We believe our people's healthcare should not depend on where they work, how much their parents earn, or where they live. Our constant teaching that each human life must be protected and human dignity promoted leads us to insist that all people have a right to healthcare. Are healthcare, and health itself, rights? As alien as the concept seems in this country, both are widely, indeed almost universally, accepted as rights elsewhere: in the United Nations Charter; the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (which the United States has yet to ratify); and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (now formally adopted by all nations except Somalia and the United States), among other statements. These international positions simply highlight further the irony in our Constitution, and although the implications of health and healthcare as human rights are still hotly debated, the case in favor, in our view, has never been stronger. We therefore propose that the Congress and the people of the United States be given the opportunity to approve an amendment to the Constitution stating: 'All citizens and other residents of the United States shall have equal access to basic and essential health

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