Is Healthcare a Right?: A Reply to Jeff Hammond

The following is my reply to Jeff Hammond's latest blog post, available here.   There is a lot in Jeff's latest blog post that I appreciate.  Something readers can learn about Jeff from his most recent submission: Jeff is a gifted teacher.  He does a fine job explaining an important concept that bears on our discussion about… Continue reading Is Healthcare a Right?: A Reply to Jeff Hammond

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“Right, Rights, Everywhere There Are Rights”: Jeff Hammond on Healthcare and the NHS

The following is Jeff Hammond's latest contribution to our ongoing discussion of healthcare ethics.  This post is part 2 of Jeff's reply to my earlier blog posts, available here and here. The first part of this post replies to my post, "Conservatives are 'Collectivists' Too." Let’s see if I can tackle some of the points… Continue reading “Right, Rights, Everywhere There Are Rights”: Jeff Hammond on Healthcare and the NHS

Conservatives are “Collectivists” Too: A Reply to Jeff Hammond

This is my reply to Jeff Hammond's recent blog post, part of our ongoing discussion of healthcare ethics. Enjoy! After reading Jeff's latest posts, I feel some need to address his concerns about the problematic rhetoric he detected in my recent comments. Jeff indicated that my last blog post had him feeling that I was… Continue reading Conservatives are “Collectivists” Too: A Reply to Jeff Hammond

Jeff Hammond on Conservatism and Healthcare

The following is Jeff's latest contribution to our ongoing discussion of healthcare ethics. Jeff is replying to my earlier post, available here. Thanks  to Jeff for continuing the conversation!--Vic Vic’s latest blog post raises so many points that I find it impossible to deal with all of them in one responsive post.  After reading Vic’s… Continue reading Jeff Hammond on Conservatism and Healthcare

Healthcare UK Style: Can You Have Your Cake and Eat It Too?

In my last blog post I concluded by noting my decided preference for the United Kingdom's National Health Service (NHS) over the system we have in the United States. In today's post I want to clarify these feelings.  Many Americans dismiss UK-style healthcare as a prime example of what it looks like to live in… Continue reading Healthcare UK Style: Can You Have Your Cake and Eat It Too?

The morality of “forced transactions:” A reply to Jeff Hammond

The following is my reply to Jeff Hammond's latest blog post, part of our ongoing discussion of healthcare ethics. Jeff's blog post may be found here.  I'm also linking to Jeff's personal blog, "A Teacher of the Law," where our discussion/debate is also available.   Jeff's latest blog post does a lot to illustrate that… Continue reading The morality of “forced transactions:” A reply to Jeff Hammond

On Trying to Thread a Needle: Jeff Hammond on The Insurance Mandates and the Moral Limits of Forced Association

The following is Jeff Hammond's latest contribution to our ongoing discussion of healthcare ethics.  This submission is Jeff reply to my earlier blog post, available here. I hope to have a reply to Jeff's latest submission up on the blog either tomorrow or Monday--Vic Thanks, again, to Vic for participating with me in this discussion. … Continue reading On Trying to Thread a Needle: Jeff Hammond on The Insurance Mandates and the Moral Limits of Forced Association

A book recommendation from a chastened liberal

The last few months have been trying ones for political liberals like me.  What is one to say when a substantial minority (not a majority, mind you) of your community votes for a man who brags about sexual assault, campaigns on a platform founded on fear of religious and ethnic minorities, and threatens to undo… Continue reading A book recommendation from a chastened liberal