At some level we must believe that basic health care should be provided to the residents of the U.S. Can you believe that some prisoners get better health coverage than hard workers in America?
Of course someone could argue, they get cable TV. But not everyone in the U.S. does! Just because they get it in jail, doesn't mean that is a right. Then again, cable TV and other privileges can be revoked. If a prisoner is sick, regardless of their behavior, they will get seen by a health care practitioner.
One fear I have about making health care "free," will lead to the under appreciation of it. For example, public bathrooms are free and nobody really takes care of it.
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