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Healthcare and Human Rights

Healthcare and Human Rights

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This is an essay exploring why universal healthcare is a human right.
This is an essay exploring why universal healthcare is a human right.

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Published by: Sandy Middlesworth Rose on Aug 09, 2012
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by Sandy Rose
© 2012 by Sandra Middlesworth Rose
Photo on cover: this is Quinn, a very fortunate baby who has no insurance in the United States, wasuneventfully born at home in 2012 to an American mother and British father; thus, she has dualcitizenship. She will have healthcare coverage when she is in England: her human right.
This is a story of my personal trek into the subject of healthcare in the UnitedStates, attempting to find the good in our solutions as well as a way to fix our system byresearching what other countries were doing. I looked in many corners and found muchconfusion and varying points of view. I want to present to you the various elements of healthcare as it relates to humanity, why healthcare is a human right, what a fewcountries have done (and continue to do) to provide healthcare, and actions you cantake to help yourself and your fellow man.My premise is that healthcare is indeed a human right, one that every singlewoman, man, child on this planet deserves. This idea dissolves politics, crosses party
lines, starts arguments, opens peoples’ eyes, brings painful reflection to some and
certainly opens controversy regarding universal healthcare (which has been calledsocialism).
Part I
First I checked out what
describes health care systems organized around providing aspecified package of benefits to all members of a society with the end goal of providingfinancial risk protection, improved access to health services, and improved health
 Since many opponents of universal healthcare have called it socialism, Iwanted to clear that up. I searched and searched to find the true definition, not just one
person’s opinion –
and I found that people tended to confuse the concept of socialismwith communism and even liberalism. 
 is not connected to healthcare, as ithas to do with economics and production run by the people.
 I came to the conclusionthat universal healthcare comes under  
,those “Benefits and facilities
such as education, food subsidies, healthcare, and subsidized housing provided by agovernment to improve the life and living conditions of the children, disabled, theeld
erly, and the poor in the national community.”
Article 25.
(1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the healthand well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing,housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right tosecurity in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood,old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
(2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same socialprotection.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights 

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