Since President Donald Trump was elected into office, the debate on repealing and reforming the Affordable Care Act has been refueled, and Americans have many different opinions on how healthcare should be funded and handled. I asked 7 young adults: is healthcare a privilege or a right? Here’s what they had to say:
“Healthcare is something that should be a right but it unfortunately isn’t in the US. It’s not an unattainable task to complete for our government but we are too busy sending our money into the military.” - Hallie Buote, 19.
“Healthcare is a privilege but it should be a right.” - Kathryn Leonard, 18.
“Healthcare is a right in regards to the wealth our nation currently possesses. However, one must consider the fact that our nation is a lot larger than most other nations with free healthcare. People often bring up the Scandinavian countries when preaching for free healthcare in the US, however, those nations are much smaller and a lot more homogeneous in regards to population and races. So in that regard, it is a privilege.”
- Daniel Manucharian, 19.
“It’s a right. Never a privilege, or at least that’s how it should be. People shouldn’t have to consider dying to be better for their family economically.” - Ashley Miller, 19.
“A right. Everyone deserves to have available health care for the worst case, unforeseen scenarios. No one deserves to die just because they can’t afford to live.”
- Zoe Blue Kahnis, 18
“Health care is a right in some instances and a privilege in others. Luckily, primary care is accessible enough in the United States that I am able to go to the doctors and only pay a small copay in order to get treated. Yet, when I struggled with an eating disorder, insurance did not cover all of the cost it took to get treatment. Some people had to pay thousands of dollars a week or month to receive care. I was lucky enough to be funded by my parents, but some insurance companies do not cover mental health, therefore some forms of health care can be considered a privilege based on who can afford to receive help in areas other than primary care.” - Kelly Bishop, 19.
“Health care is a basic human right. But it’s not considered one.” - Krysten Lyle, 19.
Emma Mari is an undergraduate journalism major at Emerson College in Boston, Mass. She has loved writing since she was a child and is a strong believer in democracy. She is aspiring to become a multi media journalist and wants to make her mark in the world. When she isn't reporting, she can be found playing with her dog, spending time with family and friends, and watching teen TV dramas.