Health care rationed on the basis of financial status – the current position of the entire Republican Party and Tea Party movements – does not recognize patient rights. Congressional Republicans in 2009 voted unanimously against the elimination of health care rationing on the basis of wealth, the central tenet of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Ironically, the Affordable Care Act was derived from a 1990s era Republican health care plan.
Fortunately, the successful enactment of the Affordable Care Act places human life above corporate profits, employing government subsidies to make health insurance accessible to some 35,000,000 Americans who otherwise could not afford insurance.
Patient Rights: A Primer
The American Medical Association and many other medical and health care advocacy groups support patient rights. The American Cancer Society and many other organizations operate according to a Patients Bill of Rights. In addition, the Affordable Care Act provides for expanded patient rights.
See links below for more information about how the medical community understands patient rights and the moral imperative of basic health care.