Fall 2012: The Individual Mandate



In order to be a more moral society, the U.S. Government should require all applicable legal residents to maintain minimum essential insurance coverage for health care.


Fall 2012 Course

Fall 2012 marks the eighth consecutive year of the Moral Forum course (University Honors 101), and 85 students enrolled in seven sections of the course.


Our guest lecturers included:

•  Dr. Dana Patton, Assistant Professor of Political Science. Dr. Patton outlined the arguments for the individual mandate for healthcare.

•  Dr. Chase Wrenn, Associate Professor, Philosophy.  Dr. Wrenn lectured on the elements of successful moral argumentation.

•  Mr. Michael Cannon, Director of Health Policy Studies at the Cato Institute. Mr. Cannon raised questions about the morality of an individual mandate.

•  Dr. Mark Nelson, Assistant Provost for Academic Affairs.  Dr. Nelson spoke on the art and mechanics of public speech.


View the Moral Forum 2012 Syllabus for more course details.


Eighth Annual Moral Forum Tournament

The three-week Fifth Annual Moral Forum Tournament was held in the School of Law, the Ferguson Center, and ten Hoor with the support of 60 volunteer judges including law students, graduate and undergraduate students, and faculty from across campus.

In front of a Morgan Auditorium audience of more than 300, a total of $10,000 in Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility scholarships were distributed on the final night. Maya Posey and Carlton Tarpley argued against the individual mandate, and the winning team, Tarif Haque and Ross Green, argued for it.  Brandon Duan, Will Turner, Caitlin McDermott, and Liana Kam were recognized for their achievements as quarter-finalists.  Caitlin McDermott was also recognized as the outstanding individual debater and Caroline Brantley was recognized for her outstanding written case.