TO THE EDITOR:
[The 11/27] DTH column argued that human rights language is divisive and antagonistic when used during health reform debates.
Contrarily, I believe there is much to be gained from conceptualizing health as a human right during these debates. Using a human rights framework to structure and evaluate health policy will create a more equitable healthcare system—something we sorely need in the United States.
The U.S. has historically avoided using rights language in healthcare reform. At the same time, our current healthcare system perpetuates healthcare disparities based on income, employment, race and geographical location, to name a few.
Any reform must prioritize the elimination of these disparities—yet they continue to be overlooked and even accepted in our current system.