Universal Healthcare System in the United States

2430 Words Apr 11th, 2014 10 Pages
I will argue for a universal healthcare system in the United States through a comparison of feminist ethics and traditional ethics. I find that the following considerations from Virginia Held’s Ethics of Care, and Kant’s view on autonomy provide a convincing argument for universal healthcare coverage.
Held
In Virginia Held’s Ethics of Care, she makes six distinct statements on care ethics through a feminist point of view. 1.) “Moralities built on the image of the independent, autonomous, rational individual largely overlook the reality of human dependence and the morality for which it calls.” (Camp, 2011:48)

Held is describing how interdependence is primary and one is not in control of caretaking relationships. The majority of
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We are not autonomous individuals; we rely on the help of others on a daily basis. The government has a responsibility as a ‘parent figure’ to protect, educate, and insure the well-being of the people, which includes providing healthcare. 4.) “…greater social, political, economic, and cultural power of men has structured this “private” sphere to the disadvantage of women and children, rendering them vulnerable to domestic violence without outside interference, often leaving women economically dependent on men…” (Camp, 2011:49,50)
Held says that the personal and private sphere is political in that the distinction between private and public is made up to benefit men and keep women domestic through laws that apply to involuntary and dependent relationships. According to Held, private matters such as internal family decisions and disputes should be able to be interfered with by government law. There are basic human and civil rights of the uninsured that are not being addressed by the current system of healthcare law. “The right to basic health care is limited by the structure of each individual's social responsibilities and duties” (Simpson, 2012). Some argue that universal coverage is an
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