Does the Affordable Care Act advance political freedom?

Jack Jackson • DECEMBER 16, 2016

Jack Jackson of Whitman College discusses the effects of expanding the welfare state under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and how they relate to political freedom. According to Jackson, libertarians have long claimed the mantle of freedom to argue against the welfare state, while welfare advocates have invoked other desires, including protecting the weak, ensuring social stability, and equalizing opportunity. He argues that it is a mistake to argue that the welfare state and the ACA are antagonistic to freedom. To the contrary, Jackson views the ACA as a victory of freedom of democracy over market freedom in the sense that the law attends to the interests of workers by protecting their freedom of exit and empowering them to be entrepreneurial.

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