Ben Shapiro on Healthcare

Ben Shapiro’s views on healthcare in general, and medicare for all specifically, have been fairly consistent over the years. They were front and center during his debate with Cenk Uygur when the subject of whether healthcare is a right came up prominently in the discussion. Essentially, Ben’s wife is a doctor (have you heard?). Additionally, and more to the point, he’s a strong proponent of private health insurance over state run health care systems.

As Ben puts it “the problem for medicare for all is that when people say it’s affordable, this is something that’s affordable to the person that has the medicare but it’s not affordable to the country.” Shapiro goes on “in fact it’s so unaffordable that California, a  nut job leftist state, just refused to pass medicare for all because it would’ve immediately doubled the debt.”

Getting into the details, Ben argues that there’s a supply side issue with medical establishment resulting in the devastating shortage of doctor’s we have today. In the process, Shapiro argues, this ultimately decreases the quality of care available.

This is a good time to note that the author of the article you’re currently reading has attempted to test the veracity of this claim by polling those who scored highly on the MCAT exam (the medical college admission exam) and chose not to attend medical school, then asking them why they chose a different career path. Unfortunately, as of the writing of this article such studies are difficult to do as a result of confidentiality requirements of standardized exams. If anyone thinks of a way around this, feel free to let us know.

Aright back to Ben Shapiro’s views on healthcare. Ben argues that healthcare is not a right for both moral and practical reasons. Continuing on with a similar clip, Shapiro expounds on the logic:

“it is better to treat things as Goods and then as rights because declaring something a right just means that you have the right to steal it from me…declaring something a good means that you get a market process that leads to lower prices and better care over time and the big problem we’ve had before Obamacare is that it was already treated quasi as a right. You had it heavily regulated on the state level…It was a completely unregulated market is absolutely nonsense.”

American Opinions On Healthcare Remains Divided

In a 2018 Pew study 60% of Americans said that ensuring health care coverage is the government’s responsibility. However it’s not entirely care how that would happen when only 31% of the public (in the same poll) voted in favor of a single payer healthcare system. Perhaps explaining the disconnect, a 2019 study, also by Pew showed that democrats were extremely divided over the best way to provide health coverage for all. The pew poll found that “among all Democrats and Democratic leaners, 44% say health insurance should be provided through a single national insurance system and 34% say it should be provided through a mix of private companies and government programs.”

As always, should we become aware that Ben has changed his opinion or should new evidence be submitted that we have either misconstrued his opinion or failed to include important statements from him, we will 1) make the correction, 2) note the correction here, 3) issue a mea culpa that attempts to explain and improve on how we missed this. 

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