Health Care: Should We Move to a Single-Payer System? IDavid Craig and Joan Tronto Thursday, April 19, 2018 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Tomson Hall 280
As part of a spring series on “Freedom, Community, and Health Care,” David Craig and Joan Tronto will engage in a discussion on whether the United States should move to a single-payer health care system.
Craig’s work, described in his most recent book, Health Care as a Social Good: Religious Values and the American Democracy, focuses on rising health costs and the need for health care reform in the United States. His extensive research involved traveling across the nation to assess health care and meeting with hospital administrators, caregivers, and interfaith activists from different political parties to understand the values they want U.S. health care to serve. Craig argues that health care is a shared social good and encourages a community-based health care system, one that is a shared responsibility of community engagement. His book has been called “a brilliant book that carefully analyzes the ethical foundation of conservative arguments for market reform and liberal arguments for individual rights in health care.”
Tronto’s background is primarily in the area of care, and she believes by putting care after everything else — money, politics, health services, etc. — we are ruining our health care systems in the United States. Her book on the subject, Caring Democracy: Markets, Equality, and Justice, looks beyond the politics of health care and suggests the presence of a care deficit in our country — one that can only be improved with major societal reform.