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The Ethics of Universal Health Insurance

Alex Rajczi


Millions of Americans lack health insurance, and thousands suffer and die every year. Philosophers have argued that an ideal society would avoid these problems by guaranteeing affordable access to health insurance, but what about people’s concerns that a universal health insurance system would be inefficient, create excessive fiscal risk, or impose high taxes and other personal costs? This book examines the ethical issues raised by these objections. It shows that the ethical principles underlying these concerns are legitimate and that they might even justify opposition to poorly designed unive ... More

Keywords: health insurance, universal health insurance, efficiency, fiscal risk, taxes, Affordable Care Act, progressive, conservative, distributive justice, social safety net

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190946838
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190946838.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alex Rajczi, author
Deborah and Kenneth Novack '67 Professor of Ethics and Leadership, George R. Roberts Fellow, Claremont McKenna College