Should There Be Universal Health Care?


The government should provide health care to everyone for free.

Q1 Analysis

This is not a Q1 violation if "health care" and "free" are well defined, you are not against socialized medicine, and you think that socialized medicine is ethically at least equal to the free market.

Q2 Analysis

This may be a Q2 violation if there are other social services that you think the government should not provide but cannot say why they are significantly different from health care.


Health care is expensive but, obviously, desirable. You can purchase health-care insurance if you have enough money or a job with health-care benefits, but many people do not have this option. Alternately, you can pay for health care out of pocket, but the cost of treatment for one significant illness can be enough to financially wipe out an entire family. All of this makes the prospect of free government-provided health care very desirable.

Before you can say that you are a proponent of free health care, you have to define what you mean by "free." Do you mean:

You also have to define "health care" for the purpose of this statement. Which (if any) of these would be included in free health care?

Finally, you must consider who would receive free health care. Would it be:

After all of these items have been clarified, examine your argument for free universal health care and see if it could be applied to other basic human needs, such as housing, food, clean water, and clothing.

You are encouraged to leave your answers to the questions posed in this post in the comments section. This post is based on an excerpt from Ask Yourself to be Moral, by D. Cancilla, available at and See the 2Q system page for details of the philosophical system mentioned in this post.

Posted on August 24, 2010 at 10:29 am by ideclare · Permalink
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