Obamacare and American Values

Religion, Medicine, and Law Lecture Series

A public lecture by David Craig, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.



Umrath Lounge Washington University in St. Louis, One Brookings Drive

One Brookings Drive
Saint Louis, MO 63130


  • Obamacare and American Values

    David M. Craig, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (September 10, 2015). This lecture was a part of the Religion, Medicine, and Law Lecture Series.

Of the various areas in which religion and politics intersect, the domains of medicine, law, and public health display those convergences with particular intensity. The long-running debates over Obamacare are rife with religious concerns, hopes, and objections, but those highly visible conflicts bespeak a much wider range of issues. What, for example, is the role of chaplaincies in the delivery of health services? How do such spiritual offices fit within ostensibly secular institutions? In what ways are religious groups able to help generate greater access to medical care for the poor and uninsured? Can Christian-based recovery programs garner state support and endorsement, and, if so, on what terms? Our distinguished group of lecturers this fall will help us engage these pressing questions, expanding the way we think about the junctures of religion, medicine, and the law.

Craig.David.2008CROPDavid M. Craig, Associate Professor and Chair of the Religious Studies Department at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, will deliver the first lecture in the four-part series. He will address “Obamacare and American Values,” on Thursday, September 10, 2015, at 4:30 p.m. in Umrath Lounge on the Danforth campus of Washington University in St. Louis. Please join us for a reception immediately following the lecture.

Professor Craig is a religious ethicist specializing in economic, environmental, and health care ethics. His recent book, Health Care as a Social Good: Religious Values and American Democracy (Georgetown University Press, 2014), evaluates health care access, delivery, and finance in the United States. Craig’s research with conservatives, liberals, and moderates to review their ideas for market reform or support for the Affordable Care Act led him to see health care in the U.S. not as a private good or a public good, but as a shared social good. Craig earned his Ph.D. from Princeton University.

This event is free and open to all; your RSVP is appreciated. Please contact us at (314) 935-9345 or rap@wustl.edu for more information.


  • David M. Craig

  • R. Marie Griffith

    John C. Danforth Distinguished Professor in the Humanities