How is Health Care a Right?
September 16, 2009 8:58 AM Subscribe
I'm not trying to dispute these issues. I'm actually looking for rhetorical ammo. Can you be a little think tank and suggest some ways to talk about these issues? (If you disagree, jump in if you like, but lets keep everything calm in the thread)
Why is health care a right? Can the constitution be used to support this idea?
Conservatives have some argument about how health care cannot be a right because it forces others to work to provide you your right - which also means you can lose that right. Does that hold water? Do people complain about the phrase, 'you have a right to an attorney...?'
I usually do some hand waving about the 'Right to LIFE, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness' from the Declaration of Independence, or 'providing for the common defense,' (fighting poor health is akin to fighting attackers) or promoting the general welfare...
...and while we are at it...
Why is a Progressive Tax Fair?
I usually quote Adam Smith.
Any other point you'd like to make - particularly if it contradicts GOP talking points, and particularly if you can support it with a clear argument beyond 'I think it's the right thing to do.'
This post was deleted for the following reason: Adding your arguments to this question is pretty much making it into chatfilter/fightfilter and not into "I am trying to solve this problem" Nothing personal but this may not be the best forum for this. -- jessamyn