It is very expensive to give bad medical care to poor people in a rich country.
I've been asked a lot for my view on American health care. Well, 'it would be a good idea,' to quote Gandhi.
The thing about rights is that in the end you can't prove what should be considered a right.
So I can't show you how, exactly, health care is a basic human right. But what I can argue is that no one should have to die of a disease that is treatable.
The human rights community has focused very narrowly on political and civil rights for many decades, and with reason, but now we have to ask how can we broaden the view.
Civil and political rights are critical, but not often the real problem for the destitute sick. My patients in Haiti can now vote but they can't get medical care or clean water.
The only way to do the human rights thing is to do the right thing medically.