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United Nations

The United States opposed (vote against)
health care being a human right ever since 1948
.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights
and the Commission on Human Rights Resolution on Health

 

Health Care As a Human Right

The United States voted "yes" on this resolution (below) in December 1948 when the resolution was created.

Since 1948, the only country voting "no" on the resolution each year was the United States.
For example, in 2004 and 2005, 52 of 53 countries voted for the resolution, and the United States voted against it.

Below you can see the sad history of the United States' votes
every recent year during which a vote occurred: 2003, 2004, and 2005.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948)

Article 25 of the declaration:
(1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security 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 social protection.
Bolding was added.

The United States voted in favor on 10 December 1948.

Unfortunately, the subsequent United Nations focus on the right of health care was treated differently by the United States, as seen below.


Commission on Human Rights (2003, 2004, 2005)

The United States vote against ever since 1948.

Resolution by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (1967-2006), during three of its last years as a commission

United Nations Resolution: The right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.

Votes on the Resolution in 2003, 2004, 2005

in 2003 … Resolution 2003/28

in 2004 … Resolution 2004/27 ... recorded vote: 52/1(US)/0 on "The right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health." The United States voted against this resolution.

in 2005 … Resolution 2005/24 ... recorded vote: 52/1(US)/0 on "The right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health." The United States voted against this resolution.

In light of the information provided at this Medicare for All website, these "nay" votes are unbelievable, both from the perspective of the United States' leaders attitude toward every human being on the earth, but especially their attitude toward individual Americans who are not experiencing and benefiting from a health-care-for-all system. — Bob


References

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is documented at a United Nations website and is also reviewed here.

2004 Resolution - U.S. website: the recorded vote of 52/1/0 regarding Resolution 2004/27

2004 Resolution: Resolution 24/7 United Nations documentation from April 2004

2005 Resolution - U.S. website: the recorded vote of 52/1/0 regarding Resolution 2005/24. (As per 2012, the 2005 vote was the last United Nations vote.)

Contributors to the 1948 resolution included Eleanor Roosevelt (content of 1948 resolution with photo of Mrs. Roosevelt). The 1948 vote occurred "on December 10, 1948 with a vote of 48 to zero."

 

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