Cruelty to Humans: Obamacare Replacement May Violate International Human Rights Laws

The Republican plan to strip healthcare from more than 24 million people in their Obamacare ‘replacement’ deal, may actually be a violation of international law.

The law in question is Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which “establishes everyone’s right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being, including food, medical care and necessary social services.”

Dana Milbank at the Washington Post was able to obtain the confidential letter that the United Nations sent to the Trump administration, informing them of the potential human rights violations.

The United Nations has contacted the Trump administration as part of an investigation into whether repealing the Affordable Care Act without an adequate substitute for the millions who would lose health coverage would be a violation of several international conventions that bind the United States.

A confidential, five-page “urgent appeal” from the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner on Human Rights in Geneva, sent to the Trump administration, cautions that the repeal of the Affordable Care Act could put the United States at odds with its international obligations.

United Nations standards consider access to healthcare a basic human right. This concept is at odds with hard-right Republican ideologues who claim that healthcare is a pay-for-play privilege. That view was on public display at Rep. Raul Labrador’s (R-Idaho) town hall last week.

Channel 2 Idaho News reported on the contentious event.

Idaho’s Republican U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador faced an angry and combative crowd in his hometown at a Wednesday night town hall…

“I do not believe health care is a basic human right,” Labrador said to jeers while answering a question about health care reform and increasing costs. “I just don’t think it’s a right to have health care.”

It is unclear what the Trump administration will do about the United Nations’ concerns. However, based on the words of staunch Trump supporter Rep. Labrador, and his public dissing of healthcare as a basic human right, there’s a good chance that Trump’s Republican Party is prepared to drag American quality of life down to new depths.

Although Trump said on the campaign trail that he didn’t want Americans dying on the streets because of lack of access to healthcare, his actions point to his rhetoric being just another lie.

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