I would also like to know what everyone thinks about our prison population and healthcare? We have approximately 2 million people incarcerated. Do you think they have healthcare while in prison? Do you think they have a right to healthcare while in prison?
If you believe they have a right to healthcare, if for no other reason than the fact they are incarcerated - then that doesn't make sense when you argue that health care is not a right of citizens of the USA. If you don't believe they should receive healthcare, then how responsible are we by spreading TB, HIV, Hep C, sexual diseases etc inside prison and then releasing those infected people to the outside population? You can't bill a prisoner for his healthcare based on future earnings because stats indicate that most don't or can't get jobs after release or they get the lowest paying jobs or they end up back inside.
<<<<<<According to the International Centre for Prison Studies at King's College London, the U.S. currently has the largest documented prison population in the world, both in absolute and proportional terms. We've got roughly 2.03 million people behind bars, or 701 per 100,000 population. China has the second-largest number of prisoners (1.51 million, for a rate of 117 per 100,000), and Russia has the second-highest rate (606 per 100,000, for a total of 865,000). Russia had the highest rate for years, but has released hundreds of thousands of prisoners since 1998; meanwhile the U.S. prison population has grown by even more. Rounding out the top ten, with rates from 554 to 437, are Belarus, Bermuda (UK), Kazakhstan, the Virgin Islands (U.S.), the Cayman Islands (UK), Turkmenistan, Belize, and Suriname, which you'll have to agree puts America in interesting company. South Africa, a longtime star performer on the list, has dropped to 15th place (402) since the dismantling of apartheid.
The average age of the prison population is rising, and as our old lifers age, they, like everyone else, have increased health care costs.>>>>>