Health insurance captivates us like few other issues because it affects us personally and distinctively. In more recent times it has come to reflect our political disposition regarding individual and collective responsibility. While the Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal and replacement presently hangs on a legislative precipice, the philosophical dimensions of this debate concerning the role of the individual and the state should merit greater attention. Instead, the ACA’s destiny now appears to rest on the resolution of Medicaid and the division between federal and state governments.
Since launching G.L.O.B.A.L Justice in September 2014, I am even more certain that awareness of global concerns is of tremendous importance in our current and future eras. International issues have been central in news stories throughout 2014 and have had an increasing impact on our communities, our country, and our world. While there are justice concerns in every region of the globe and many significant events from the past year, I highlight the following “Top 10” news stories for their impact during 2014 as well as their implications for 2015: