The debate over health care often centers on whether there is a right to health care. Whether a relevant issue it is important to consider in resolving the debate on health care.
The best way to decide about a right to health care in to look to the two great American documents. The Declaration of Independence refers to “unalienable rights” of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” The Preamble to the Constitution states the purpose of the union is to “establish justice” and “promote the general welfare.” Clearly health is an essential part of life and without health there can be little happiness. Providing health care only to those who can afford it is not just nor does it promote the general welfare (same as one of the Triple Aims, improving population health).
More to the point is whether our nation should provide health care for all. Currently, for many, health care is indeed an unfunded mandate provided in emergency rooms all over the country. It should be funded as the same basic care for all.
So the economic argument is the key. By not allowing many people from having regular care for chronic disease we greatly increase the cost of health care for all. It is unjust and does not promote the general welfare of Americans.
Whether you support the idea of health care as a right, we must provide health care for all for critical economic reasons.