Health as a Human Right, Medicare for All, and the Evolution of the American Health Care Debate image

Take Care Blog, December 11, 2018
By Carmel Shachar (Executive Director), Alex Pearlman (Communications Manager) and I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)


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The United States famously does not have an explicit federal constitutional right to health. By contract, the “enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health” was defined in the World Health Organization Constitution of 1946 as “one of the fundamental rights of every human being.”  The Medicare for All movement, which is building significant momentum in the more progressive wing of the Democratic Party, however, indicates that the United States may be revisiting the debate around health as a human right. While significant movement on Medicare for All and health as a human right may ultimately lie several more years down the road, the newly Democratic House would do well to use this momentum to inform their health care legislation over the next two years.

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