The Body Politic: Federalism as Feminism in Health Reform
14 Pages Posted: 29 Jul 2018
Date Written: March 1, 2018
This essay illuminates how modern health law has been mainstreaming feminism under the auspices of health equity and social determinants research. Feminism shares with public health and health policy both the empirical impulse to identify inequality and the normative value of pursing equity in treatment. Using the Affordable Care Act’s federal health insurance reforms as a case study of health equity in action, the essay exposes the feminist undercurrents of health insurance reform and the impulse toward mutuality in a body politic. The essay concludes by revisiting — from a feminist perspective — scholars’ arguments that equity in health insurance is essential for human flourishing.
Keywords: Federalism, Feminism, Health Reform, Health Insurance, Health Equity, Health Justice, Social Determinants Of Health, Affordable Care Act
JEL Classification: L1, L13, L14, L15, L18
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