No Theory of Justice Can Ground Health Care Reform
Article first published online: 12 OCT 2012
© 2012 American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics, Inc.
The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics
Special Issue: SYMPOSIUM 1: Conflicts of Interest in the Practice of Medicine
Volume 40, Issue 3, pages 598–605, Fall 2012
How to Cite
Trotter, G. (2012), No Theory of Justice Can Ground Health Care Reform. The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, 40: 598–605. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-720X.2012.00692.x
- Issue published online: 12 OCT 2012
- Article first published online: 12 OCT 2012
This essay argues that no theory or single conception of justice can provide a fundamental grounding for health care reform in the United States. To provide such a grounding, (1) there would need to be widespread support among citizens for a particular conception of justice, (2) citizens would have to apprehend this common conception of justice as providing the strongest available rationale for health care reform, and (3) this rationale would have to overwhelm countervailing values. I argue that neither of the first two conditions is met.