Dr. Stephen Krason, professor of political science and legal studies, writes on the role of the government as it relates to Catholicism.
A few years ago, as Obamacare was being put in place, Republican governor John Kasich of Ohio suggested that the Christian obligation to assist the poor was a reason for expanding Medicaid in the state. Catholic social teaching does indeed make clear that the state has a role in assisting the needy, but only—in line with the principle of subsidiarity—when there is no other way it can be done. Is that the case with providing access to health care?
Dr. Stephen M. Krason is Professor of Political Science and Legal Studies, Director of the Political Science Program, and Chairman of the Department of Political Science (which includes the Human Life Studies, Humanities and Catholic Culture, Legal Studies, and Political Science Programs). He is also Associate Director of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at the University. He earned his J.D. and Political Science M.A. and Ph.D. at the State University of New York at Buffalo.