A Right to Health Care? Participatory Politics, Progressive Policy and the Price of Loose Language
20 Pages Posted: 7 Aug 2015 Last revised: 6 Sep 2017
Date Written: August 5, 2015
In this paper I assess the claim that there is a moral human right to health care roughly as set out by Article 12 of the ICESCR. After developing a conception of moral human rights as necessary conditions to legal human rights (by treaty or custom) with prima facie moral force, I argue that while there is a moral human right to health care it is far more modest than that set out by Article 12. I argue also that the human right to health care is thus of limited value in the context of health care reform efforts and that this ought to be accepted by those advocating health care reform, which is for the most part best pursued through a participatory, progressive politics of the common good.
Keywords: human rights, health care
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