Debate: Is Health Care a Right or a Privilege?


Debate: Is Health Care a Right or a Privilege?

Your instructor will divide the class into two different debate teams.  You will be responsible for composing your own initial debate post and for making the required number of responses to classmates on the other side of the debate.  Note: There are two different discussion topic threads, your initial post will occur within the debate forum assigned to your team below, however your responses to peers will occur within the other debate forum.

Debate Team 1: Health Care is a Right.  You will present an argument that health care is a right via a substantial post in this discussion. You must use at least three scholarly sources, one of which can be the textbook, in providing evidence that supports this argument.

Responses to Team 2: You will post a rebuttal against two of your classmates who were on Team 2. Read through the posts and then refute two of your classmates’ arguments that health care is a privilege. Refer to elements in their original post as you rebut their points.



In 2010, the Affordable Care Act was approved by Congress and will be phased in over several years. However, the argument remains as to the law’s appropriateness in a democratic nation such as the United States.


In a substantial post, you will examine whether the ACA is or is not an appropriate law for the United States.  You must include critical information about the law that is currently under debate such as quality, cost, access, technology, health care system structure, global effect, rationing, government versus private oversight, and so on. At least two scholarly sources are required to support your opinion. Please refrain from using news reports on the topic, as these are not scholarly sources.


Guided Response: Find two classmates who gave the opposite view point from you. Analyze their argument from an academic standpoint (keep your personal opinions and feelings out of this) and explain how their argument is either valid or invalid.  You must use scholarly research to support your explanation.

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