Sunday, August 2, 2009
See Cathy Kaveny's post, today, at dotCommonweal; see especially the material at the links Cathy provides (here).
Is there a human right to (basic) health care?
What is the magisterium's position on that issue?
If there is such a human right, the question is not whether but how government should protect the right, yes?
On that question, and as a general matter--understanding that it is always perilous to generalize--do Republicans and Democrats give different answers?
Does the (general) Republican answer entail that Medicare was a mistake? (When Medicare was being debated in Congress, the general Republican take was that Medicare is "socialized" medicine.) If so, does that say something about the credibility of the Republican answer?
(Analogy: If a theory of constitutional interpretation and proper judicial role entailed that Brown v. Board of Education and /or Loving v. Virginia were illegitimate constitutional decisions, would that tell us something about the credibility of that theory of constitutional interpretation and proper judicial role?)