Religious Faith, Universal Healthcare, and the Inevitability of Moral Dilemmas
Most interesting to me in the exchange was Mollie’s arguing that Catholics opposed to the HHS mandate share some responsibility for the moral predicament in which they now find themselves: the Affordable Care Act passed with helpful backing of Catholic laity and religious, who have for decades, in keeping with Catholic teaching, pushed for universal healthcare. For those of you who don’t know, the Catholic Church considers healthcare to be a positive right and believes that 1) society has an obligation to seek the establishment of universal healthcare and that 2) the State shares in that responsibility where necessary. Hence its support for universal healthcare.
But there’s a hitch. If you object morally to goods and services deemed to be legitimate healthcare needs by the wider society, or at least by players within the political sphere, then your pushing for universal healthcare will lead inevitably to moral dilemmas. These predicaments are the price of pluralism. To my mind, this is no reason not to advocate for universal care, but it does mean that you’ll have to work through moral conflicts that arise. And it may well mean that you don’t get your way.