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Is Health Care a Right or a Privilege?

May 23, 2017

A beauty queen's response to a question about health care has highlighted a debate percolating throughout American society: Is health care a right or privilege?

Healthforce Center Associate Director of Research Joanne Spetz was quoted in a Los Angeles Times article on the topic: 

“If you take that position [health care as a privilege] to the extreme,” Spetz said, “one would have to be comfortable with letting people die on the street.”

The key to universal coverage, Spetz said, is making sure everyone participates in the insurance system. In most other developed countries, this is done through payroll taxes, rather than premiums, co-pays and deductibles.

Read the full story in the LA Times.

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