There is a health crisis in the United States, with countless people unable to access life-saving medical care because of the cost. I suspect that advocates of this idea think that claiming healthcare as a human right adds some kind of weight or authority to the idea that healthcare, and by extension health professionals, are important. To be more specific, in 1948, the United States voted for and helped pass the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which in articles 22-27 affirms the right to adequate health and welfare, including specifically medical care and necessary social services. Universal access to health care, without discrimination, is a human right enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
We recall that Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sibelius (speech on Martin Luther King Jr. But these valuable achievements do not absolve the ACA of shortcomings regarding the goals of health as a human right. The right to health is universally recognised as fundamental to human dignity, freedom and well-being. More than half of the world's countries are committed to protecting their citizens' right to health care, either through national laws or international human rights agreements.
Good health is also clearly determined by other basic human rights, such as access to safe water and sanitation, nutritious food, adequate housing, education and safe working conditions. This kind of underfunded mandate is a problem in countries that nominally support health care for all, such as Uganda, which according to Ugandan human rights lawyer Primah Kwagala devotes few domestic resources to population health. It is time to stop treating healthcare as a political issue, and instead make it available to all who need it. In detention centres on the southern border, human rights organisations have reported numerous violations of the "health and safety conditions to which detainees are legally entitled".