Brainstorming in 4th session of health care

Smaller groups discussed two questions:

First, what does government do best? The groups answers:

  • Judicial
  • Infrastructure: bridges, highways
  • Civil service
  • Protection: fire, police, military and public safety
  • Public health and guarantee purity of food, drugs
  • Air Traffic Control
  • Education

Second, is health care a right or a commodity? The groups answers:

  • limits to life, liberty, pursuit of happiness – health care now necessary for these, but if limited, discrimination could result
  • how define health care?
  • Responsibilities of individual
  • Better society if treat diabetics and similar needs early
  • Right to food?

Four freedoms by President Roosevelt were mentioned: "We look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.

  • The first is freedom of speech and expression — everywhere in the world.
  • The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way — everywhere in the world.
  • The third is freedom from want — everywhere in the world.
  • The fourth is freedom from fear — anywhere in the world."

—President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Message to Congress, January 6, 1941