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ConsiderTHIS: The Right to Free Healthcare?

January 7 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm| Main Library (Traverse City)

The public library is a great place to develop an understanding of difficult concepts and then engage in discussion about how to think… instead of what to think.  You’re invited to join us for the first discussion of 2020. ConsiderThis: meets in the McGuire Community Room at the TADL Main Library. Hosted by Kimberli Bindschatel and Anthony Weber.

Topic Introduction: Do We Have a Right to Free Healthcare?

Join the discussion: One of the most contentious subjects in modern politics is the problem of the cost and access to healthcare. Is access to free healthcare a moral right, or is healthcare a commodity on a par with other things we pay for privately? Would making healthcare free to everyone have unwanted social side effects such as increasing wait times, creating a doctor shortage (or making the existing shortage worse), increasing the national debt, or rationing access? Do you have a right to free healthcare?

Here’s ten easily accessible readings that lay out the various perspectives on this critical but controversial issue.

Daniels, Norman. (2017) “Justice and Access to Health Care.” The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Retrieved January 2, 2020, from <https://plato.stanford.edu/archives/win2017/entries/justice-healthcareaccess/>. 

Gawande, Atul. (2017) “Is Heath Care a Right?” The New Yorker. October 2, 2017. Print.

Gerisch, Mary. “Health Care as a Human Right.” ABA: American Bar Association.
Retrieved January 2, 2020, from <https://www.americanbar.org/groups/crsj/publications/human_rights_magazine_home/the-state-of-healthcare-in-the-united-states/health-care-as-a-human-right/>

Gross, Terry. (2009). “Economists Krugman, Butler on Funding Health Care.” NPR: Tracking the Overhaul.
Retrieved January 2, 2020, from <https://www.npr.org/transcripts/111173038>

Peikoff, Leonard. (1993). “Health Care is Not a Right.” Aynrand.org.
Retrieved January 2, 2020 from <https://ari.aynrand.org/issues/government-and-business/individual-rights/health-care-is-not-a-right/>

Sanders, Sen Bernie. (2019). “Health Care Is a Right, Not a Privilege.” Huffpost.
Retrieved January 2, 2020, from <https://www.huffpost.com/entry/health-care-is-a-right-no_b_212770>

Sen, Amartya. (2015). “Universal Health Care: The Affordable Dream.” Harvard Public Health Review.
Retrieved January 2, 2020, from <http://harvardpublichealthreview.org/universal-health-care-the-affordable-dream/>

Shapiro, Ben. (2017). “Health Care is a Commodity, Not a Right.” National Review. Retrieved January 2, 2020, from <https://www.nationalreview.com/2017/01/health-care-markets-government-commodity-human-right/>

Sherman, Eric. (2019). “U.S. Health Care Costs Skyrocketed to $3.65 Trillion in 2018.”
Fortune. <https://fortune.com/2019/02/21/us-health-care-costs-2/>

Tanner, Michael. (2017). “Hard Truths About Health Care.” National Review.
Retrieved January 2, 2020, from <https://www.nationalreview.com/2017/04/health-care-basic-facts-and-hard-truths/>

Visit the TADL Main Library to browse the CONSIDERTHIS: collection of books, located in the first floor lobby bookshelves, near the “Hot Titles.”


January 7
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Main Library (Traverse City)
610 Woodmere Ave
Traverse City, MI 49686 United States
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McGuire Community Room