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C. S. Lewis and America's Health Care Debate

William Fraatz

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This essay questions the assumption that C. S. Lewis should be considered an advocate of social conservatism with reference to the political scene of the United States in 2012. It begins with a brief survey of Lewis’s political thought, before examining in detail his comments on the National Health Service as part of the post-Second World War Welfare State. When his correspondence is considered, Lewis is found to endorse without expressed reservation the single payer plan of the NHS and to recommend its adoption outside Britain. The essay concludes with a challenge to both liberals and conservatives to adopt in the style of Lewis a manner of discussion which might restore civility in political discussion, at least between Lewis’s appreciative readers.

 
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