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Healthcare is a human right. #MedicareForAll

Jewish sources on our obligation to do everything we can to save lives and care for one another. Including, yeah, financial obligations.

Rabbi Meir said, "when a person suffers, what language does God use? My head is too heavy! My head is too heavy! (Mishnah Sanhedrin 6:5)
For this reason, the first human being was created alone to teach that all who destroy a single life are as though they destroyed an entire universe, and those who save a single life are as if they had saved an entire universe. (Jerusalem Talmud Sanhedrin 4:22)
"This verse [the commandment to return a lost object] includes returning a person's body, for if one sees him dying and can save him, one should save him, whether physically or with money or with knowledge." (Maimonides, Comment on Mishnah Nedarim 4)
The Torah gave permission to the doctor to heal, and it is even a commandment. Even more so, it is [the commandment] of saving a life. One who prevents him from doing so is considered to have shed blood. (Shulchan Aruch, Yoreh Deah 336:1)
If one has medicine that a sick person needs, it is forbidden to charge more than the appropriate price for this medicine. Even if the sick person agreed to the high price out of urgent need, one can still only accept the appropriate price. (Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah 336:3)
In every place where Jews live, the community sets aside a fund for care of the sick. When poor people are ill and cannot afford medical expenses, the community sends them a doctor to visit them, and the medicine is paid for by the communal fund. (Tzitz Eliezer 5:4)
The community gives them food appropriate for the ill, day by day, according to the directions of the doctor. (Tzitz Eliezer 5:4, continuation of above source.)
There are four types of character in people: The one that says, "Mine is mine, and yours is yours," this is a neutral type; some say this is a Sodom-type of character. The one that says, "Mine is yours and yours is mine," is an unlearned person. (cot'd)
The one that says, "Mine is yours and yours is yours," is a pious person. The one that says, "Mine is mine, and yours is mine," is a wicked person. (Mishna, Pirkei Avot 5:10)
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