Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Healthcare: Right or Responsibility?

The candidates were asked "Is health care a privilege, right or responsibility? I'm not sure that question really means anything. After all, what is a RIGHT in a world with scarcity? It can not mean access to an infinite amount of care at a zero price. So then what does it mean? The definitions are below, along with the candidates answers via youtube.

privilege: a right or immunity granted as a peculiar benefit, advantage, or favor ; especially : such a right or immunity attached specifically to a position or an office

right: something to which one has a just claim: as a: the power or privilege to which one is justly entitled

responsibility: the quality or state of being responsible: as a: moral, legal, or mental accountability

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