Access to health care is a basic human right. I don't think all the people in power in this country believe this statement.
I don't believe this statement. One of the fundamental ideas of a "basic human right" is that they are ancient, as in recognized as true (by some group, not everyone) for as long as humanity can record. Another fundamental idea of a "basic human right" is that other people don't have to do anything, but instead are morally bound not to prevent the human in question from doing something for themselves. For example, I have a basic human right to life, and no one has a right to take my life away from me; where a "right" to healthcare would require someone else provide that service to me.
So no, you don't have a right to healthcare.
Completely agree. It is not a RIGHT.
I do feel that there is SOMETHING there, but I can not describe it. Maybe moral obligation, but that does not sound right either. All I know is that if I see someone in distress, it just feels right to try to help. I feel better when I do, and sometimes feel like shit when I don't.
I believe one of the best achievements in mankind is the ability to feed its population. We do very well in the US. Even though there is struggle with the poor, there are very few that reach the level of undernourishment and starvation. Government, individuals, corporations, churches and non-profits all have some ownership in this achievement, and it does come with a price. Do people take advantage of that? Yup. It sucks. If that meant that others were suffering from starvation I would hope we would work more aggressively to prevent that from happening, either by going after the ones taking advantage, or working to provide more food. It feels like the right thing to do.
It feels to me that the ability to sustain and maintain a basic level of health services for all people in the US should be possible, and with advancement it is quickly rising to the level similar to feeding its people. This should include preventative care, treatment for minor health issues and some level of treatment for catastrophic care. I agree with you that calling all of this "insurance" is probably the wrong description, but that does not mean they need to be addressed separately. Maybe that would be the best way to do it, but it makes some sense to do so.
It should forever be a choice to provide health services to the entire nation, whereby the elected leaders can add or remove that service as they see fit, just like it is for social security, medicare, military, foodstamps etc. It does NOT need to remain each individuals choice to participate financially, just like it is not my right that I can say my taxes can not go to war or defense or a wall that some group in the future will demand that we "tear down this wall". I would like the US to choose yes on providing health services for all just as every other advanced nation does to varying levels. That might require making choices we are not yet prepared to make, including a shift in spending, or a rethinking of health in exchange for profit, or an increase in taxes.
It is my hope that our future selves look back to the time we did not provide health services to our own people with disdain.
I would like to add that Sol's idea has much promise for me, with maybe some sort of a combination of penalty for "bad bahavior" or discount for "good behavior". Devil in the details of course. Reasonable, rational, and everyone gets skin in the game. In other words, it has no chance :)