HHS pick won’t tell Bernie Sanders if health care is a right

Posted by | January 18, 2017 18:00 | Filed under: News Behaving Badly Politics

Tom Price ducked.

In a heated exchange with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in his confirmation hearing on Wednesday, Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), Trump’s choice for Secretary of Health and Human Services, avoided a direct question over whether he believes that health care is a right for all Americans.

“Congressman Price, the United States of America is the only major country on Earth that does not guarantee health care to all people as a right. Canada does it, every major country in Europe does it.” Sanders said to Price. “Do you believe that health care is a right of all Americans, whether they are rich or they are poor?”

Price did not answer the question.

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8 responses to HHS pick won’t tell Bernie Sanders if health care is a right

  1. The Original Just Me January 19th, 2017 at 02:36

    I do believe that the United States is the ONLY Country in the World that has Capitalist Medical Care. How do you Justify making a profit off from keeping your People Alive and Healthy ?????

    • Jimmy Fleck January 20th, 2017 at 12:21

      Every country has people making a profit off of providing healthcare to the people. How else would the people in the medical fields afford to live? The question is how much control should the government assert over the acceptable profit margins.

      Healthcare by definition can never be a right because it requires someone else to work to provide it. Unless you are willing to make healthcare providers slaves with no freedom then you can never guarantee healthcare to everyone. There will either be a limit on what is covered or when you can receive services simply due to a limit in available funds or providers.

      • arc99 January 23rd, 2017 at 00:11

        Every other western industrialized nation in the world demonstrates that your opinion is not supported by the facts.

        And with all due respect, you do not define what our rights are. America pays lip service to the notion that rights are endowed by the creator. But I notice that as soon as the talk turns to policy that conservatives disagree with, suddenly, what is and is not considered a right is parsed and scrutinized.

        Your definition not withstanding, my creator tells me that health care is a right.

        • Jimmy Fleck January 23rd, 2017 at 09:28

          Yes most other countries offer some sort of socialized healthcare that offers to treat as many people as possible as quickly as possible at no or little upfront cost to the patient. They are paid for with very high VAT taxes, income taxes, and other taxes but the system does not reach the level of being a “right.” If the system were to run out of money or doctors then who would provide this “right” to healthcare that you have? Here is one example of what could possibly happen – https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/oct/19/venezuela-crisis-hospitals-shortages-barcelona-caracas

  2. 80HD January 19th, 2017 at 02:52

    I wonder if we will ever find the perfect balance of a political system.
    Medical is a necessity, so to make a socialistic might be good, but then how do we keep the bureaucracy to a minimum. It seems all systems work for a little while but over time corruption seeps in and ruins it. The world is ever changing and it seems we cannot keep up.

    • fahvel January 19th, 2017 at 09:15

      point missed – every western european country has a form of socialized medical care and they work rather well. Only americans can fk up something as simple as health care for americans.

  3. bpollen January 19th, 2017 at 06:04

    In the Trump admin, all opinions are fungible.

    • starskeptic January 19th, 2017 at 07:31

      And all fungi work in admin…

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