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Human Right


In 1948 the U.S. government signed the declaration of health care being a human right. However, in subsequent votes the United States voted against that resolution, as provided below. It is time for the United States to join the rest of the world by implementing universal health care, thus demonstrating to the world and its own citizens that it cares.

 

Health Care as a Human Right. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations includes this section:

"The right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health."

The 2 most recent votes in the United Nations on this topic were in 2004 (Resolution 2004/27) and 2005 (Resolution 2005/24).

Each of those votes were as follows:
   52 nations in favor; 1 nation, the United States, against and no abstentions.

The following countries are among those in favor of the resolution 2004/27 of "The right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.": 

In favor (52 total): Australia, Austria, China, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russian Federation, South Africa, Sweden, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland ... and the remainder of the 52 countries
Against (1): United States of America.
Note that Canada, Spain and some other free-market countries were not present at this vote.

Actions by Other Countries

Except for the United States:
All free-market, industrialized countries have implemented universal health care, the majority implemented between 1883 and 1975. That now is truly ALL OTHER FREE-MARKET COUNTRIES EXCEPT FOR THE USA, as of 2011, due to the implementation of universal health care in the two poor countries, Mexico and Poland.

Many additional countries around the world are implementing universal health care.

Two motivators. The implementation of universal health care is motivated by two factors:

1. The recognition within a country that health care is a human right.

2. The economic fact that universal health care establishes a cost-efficient way to pay for health care for all that is economically beneficial for both the country and all of its citizens.

Actions by the United States

The United States Congress can also take care of its people.

The United States Congress can also do the common sense action for its economy.

The best universal health care can and will be established by the United States: national single-payer health care, Improved Medicare for All.

Health care for all fellow human beings is the RIGHT thing to do, no matter your moral and/or spiritual beliefs, and single payer health care, Improved Medicare for All, is the most fiscally conservative way to achieve it, no matter your political affiliation.

Discussion

If an apartment caught on fire, it’s best that the fire department come to save that apartment and the entire apartment building.

Unlike the example of a residence on fire, health care situations are potentially critical for everyone, even more than some other social services. When there is a contagious disease, it is best to be already set up to help the entire population.

When a country is being hurt economically, such as the U.S. is from decades of business/job cut-backs and now the dramatic negative impact of medical tourism, then everyone suffers; providing health care becomes a contributor to being economically competitive.

Finally, if even one person in our group or our society has unnecessary pain and suffering, shouldn’t we take action? Yes, as a human right.

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