It seems to me that the ongoing discussion of the health care system has been ignoring the most fundamental question: Do we see access to health care as a basic human right, like education through grade 12?
Or do we see it as a product which we buy if we can afford it?
If a product, then at least we need to be honest about the implications: We're treating being poor and uninsured as a crime punishable by long-term suffering from treatable medical conditions, and potentially by death.
If, however, we do indeed see access as a right, what's to stop us from bringing American ingenuity to bear, and crafting the most efficient system of universal health care in the world?
Perhaps what it comes down to, finally, is whether we really do love our neighbors as ourselves.
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