The Barbarism of the Health-Care Repeal Crusade

Excerpt from The Barbarism of the Health-Care Repeal Crusade By Jonathan Chait

The two parties are fighting over whether access to regular medical care ought to be a right or an earned privilege.

 To me, and essentially everybody on the liberal side, the answer to that question is obvious. I’m comfortable with the market creating vastly unequal rewards of many kinds. But to make health insurance an earned privilege is to condemn people to physical suffering or even death because they failed to secure a job that gives them health insurance, or they don’t earn enough, or they happened to contract an expensive illness, or a member of their family did.

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