The Case for Universal Healthcare by David Colton

Sep 23, 2020, 5:30 pm

Except for the United States, all developed nations provide their citizens with quality, affordable health care. Even with Medicare, Medicaid, SCHIP, and the Affordable Care Act, nearly 25 million Americans do not have health insurance. Millions that do can only afford high deductible plans, which may prevent them from accessing all but emergency care.

The U.S. is divided on political, fiscal, and religious grounds particularly in regard to the role of the social contract in governance. Conservatives believe that health care should
be an individual responsibility with costs managed through the free market and little or no government. Liberals believe that assuring health care is a shared responsibility, though the government guarantees all have access. Because of this polarization, there has been limited effort to discuss health care from the perspective of our values and expectations as a society.

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Background Reading: The Case for Universal Health Care, chapter 11: The Ethical & Moral Case for Universal Health Care: Contact for pdf.

Optional additional readings: Liberal and Conservative Representation of the Good Society: A (Social) Structural Topic Modeling Approach. Sterling, Joanna, Jost, John, and
Hardin, Curtis. Sage Open Publications, April-June 2019, 1-13.

When It Comes to Universal Health Care, What Would Jesus Do? December 19, 2019

David Colton, Ph.D., M.P.A., M.Ed., is a retired health care administrator and retired adjunct professor of health care administration at Mary Baldwin University, Staunton, VA. Dr. Colton created the Checklist for Assessing Organizational Readiness to Reduce Seclusion and Restraint, which has been adopted by a number of organizations in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. His research interests, publications, and conference presentations have focused on quality improvement in health care.

This event is made possible with the support from Evening Ethics and Utah Humanities.

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