WHEREAS, the right to life includes as an essential element the right to good health care; and
WHEREAS, access to good health care is intolerably limited in the United States by the shortage and geographical maldistribution of medical personnel and facilities and by rapidly increasing costs; and
WHEREAS, our present health care system encourages waste and limitation of availability of medical personnel and discourages the practice of preventive medicine; and
WHEREAS, the United States ranks eighteenth among the nations of the world in life expectancy and thirteenth in infant mortality despite the fact that it is the richest nation in the world and uses half or more of the world's resources; and
WHEREAS, other nations, for up to 100 years, have provided their people with comprehensive health care plans;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the American Ethical Union endorses the establishment of a complete and comprehensive plan for the health care of all people in the United States, available equally to everyone as a right, and paid for through the federal corporate and individual income tax rather than on the basis of need for service.
Source: AEU 63rd Annual Assembly Memo [job06scan]
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