Why Mainstream Conservatives Should Support Government-Mandated Universal Health Care

TitleWhy Mainstream Conservatives Should Support Government-Mandated Universal Health Care
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsDixon, N
JournalInternational Journal of Applied Philosophy
Date PublishedSpring2009
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number0739098X
KeywordsCONSERVATIVES , HEALTH , Medical , PUBLIC , Socioeconomic , United
AbstractMenzel and Light have argued that the conservative principle of self-sufficiency gives good reasons to strive for universal health coverage. This paper gives further reasons for connecting universal health care with self-sufficiency and continues Menzel's and Light's project in four more ways. First, a more extended analysis of a conservative conception of government shows how a general opposition to welfare programs is consistent with guaranteeing universal basic health care. Second, common fears about the abuse of health care when universal access is guaranteed are unfounded. Third, worldwide experience shows that the most effective way to bring high quality health care to a population is through a government mandate, not the free market. Fourth, while socioeconomic status is an important determinant of health independent of the accessibility of health care itself, this does not undermine the case for universal health care based on a minimal, conservative conception of equality of opportunity. 
NotesDixon, Nicholas 1; Affiliation: 1: Elma and Wesley Dykstra professor and chair, Philosophy Department, Alma College, Michigan.; Source Info: Spring2009, Vol. 23 Issue 1, p1; Subject Term: CONSERVATIVES; Subject Term: MEDICAL care -- United States; Subject Term: HEALTH care reform; Subject Term: MEDICAL policy; Subject Term: PUBLIC welfare; Subject Term: HEALTH services accessibility; Subject Term: SOCIOECONOMIC factors; Subject Term: UNITED States; Number of Pages: 15p; Document Type: Article