Debates about Medicaid and Medicaid expansion tend to revolve around two main issues: money and politics. But Medicaid, and health care reform in general, also are ethical questions. They are rooted in the Scriptural mandate to seek justice, exercise good stewardship and to care for the poor and vulnerable. This mandate is at the heart of Catholic social teaching, which favors the poor, protects human dignity and the common good. It has a relatively sanguine view of the role of government and consistently speaks of “us” rather than “me.”
In the United States, those are countercultural values. As an example, let’s look at some aspects of the ethical case for expanding Medicaid.
SOURCE: Fr. Charles Bouchard. “Health Care Coverage and the Common Good.” The Catholic Health Association of the United States, January 2019.
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