Carroll Hinkle: Defining a ‘right’ is controversial
September 28, 2009
I agree with Martin and Ruth Hertzberg (“Health care is a human right” Letters Set. 24). Coming to an agreement on what is truly a “right”, or, in the jargon of economists, a “public good” is difficult. A public good is one from which no one can rightfully be excluded such as clean air, water, public safety. Whether health care is a public good has been debated, as has the issues of clean air, water and public safety every time these policy issues have come up. Let’s keep the discourse open!