Health care and the economy are good examples.
When it comes to health care, people defending the status quo seem to believe that health care is not a right. Somehow shelter and food may be a right, but not a persons health. Social Conservatives at this point, don't/can't connect that having access to health care is as every bit as important to providing food and shelter as having a job. Indeed, in the present system, not having perfect health may prevent you from getting a job in order to provide food and shelter. Yes, economics comes into play here.
In the sense that a free and open economy becomes a detriment when its proponents attach morality and ethics to the free market and money. Money is amoral. You can do good and evil with money. The problem of creating a moral system around an amoral commodity has driven the country to the point of meltdown. The morality and ethical limit to money is that it counts more than people.
If anybody who raves about the free market is actually honest, they would be up front that the only way a company makes money is to pay their employees less than they deserve for the work they do. That would be fine if the market would actually pose solutions to the problems they have outsourced. Under the health care industry in this country, corporations not only want to cherry pick the healthiest customers, but cut off those deemed uninsureable from access to any other form of health care, because it as seen as an unfair form of competition.
This is the definition of immoral and unethical, and Social Conservatives live in some kind of dream land from 1786 that this is sound practice. Its also the group of people who defend the amoral commodity of money as a moral virtue the most.
In a personal sense, I have two healthy young sons. If they have lives that are similar to my middle class upbringing, they will have times in life when they wont have insurance. These times will also coincide with times when they are in school or between jobs or otherwise self employed. 17 to 23 % of total income before taxes is to much to pay at those times of your life (or any time really). I can see into the future and see that there will be times they will need health care where they are least able to afford it. Social Conservatives say tough on you buddy. I can only imagine what it is like for people who REALLY need the help. To bad for you cancer patients, to bad for you crippled in an accident. Sorry about that, but aren't you glad your church sponsored a car wash for you?
I support a government system that would cover preventive medical care because it should be nothing business is concerned with past the accounting function of removing a % of a check to send to the government. It should never have been and should not be in the future, the responsibility of the business to provide for your health care. The health insurance industry should be supplementary, not primary.
The health insurance industry is the definition of market failure. Social Conservatives seem to think this works just fine. People should just hold a bake sale to pay for their chemotherapy.
This is the divide between the founding ideas and the goal of seeking a more perfect union.