ShrinkWrapped is having a very good discussion about the details. I, of course, get locked up on the bigger picture of anything that gets labeled a privilege. A license to drive is actually a privilege, not a right. Privileges are regulated and revoked with amazing alacrity, far faster than the attendant obligations of said privileges are enacted. (Do you want gun ownership, with its implicated operative of self-defense, to be privilege or a right?)
Rights should be seemingly innate, if not transcendent. But, assigning every aspect of life to a right denies us the strength-building resistant forces that sustain us when the System goes belly-up.
A privilege is something conferred by a political office. It can be revoked by same.
Our rights, as politically understood, are a passive consideration that is not conferred by a political entity, but recognized as an intrinsic value. Or, if you will, endowed by a transcendent entity, superior to any political one.
I'm not sure health care is in a secure position in the first instance. The very word "privilege" turns the head and assuages the ego. It is a term of political art. I'm skittish of privileges granted.
In the second instance of health care as a right, I consider the Good Samaritan scenario: the onus is on the care-giver to be compassionate. That is a state-mandated compassion that in effect, implies a Right. But which came first? The mandate was born from an innate and recognizable level of human social responsibility to another, not as an individual right to be demanded of another. That's likely just quibbling on my part in an effort to sort through the moral fog.
Unfortunately, state-mandated compassion operates further removed than the local innkeeper employed by the Samaritan. If someone could name one compulsive and mandated state entity that has successfully replaced the intimacy and accountability of one's immediate community, I'd entertain the idea of Health Care as a political right of some sort.But then I'd have to weigh the burden of it against the hardships and penury that will come of paying for it.