Volume 12, Issue 1, Spring 2012
The Principle of Totality and Integrity
Edward J. Furton
Is There a Future for Universal Health Care?
Catholics have been at the forefront of efforts over many years to secure universal access to health care in the United States. These efforts suffered a serious setback when the federal government enacted the Affordable Care Act and then quickly used it to assault rights of conscience. This assault has brought into serious question the once promising hope that a partnership might be forged between church and state to benefit those at the margins of society. Given recent events, Catholics and others are compelled to reassess their willingness to trust the power of government to carry out this aim in a manner that respects fundamental human rights, including the rights of religious believers. The words of our founders and framers, who warned against the dangers of an overbearing government, merit renewed attention. National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 12.1 (Spring 2012): 27–36.