Robert M. Beren Professor of Economics at Harvard University
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should All Americans Have the Right (Be Entitled) to Health Care?"
"The push for universal coverage is based on the appealing premise that everyone should have access to the best health care possible whenever they need it. That soft-hearted aspiration, however, runs into the hardheaded reality that state-of-the-art health care is increasingly expensive. At some point, someone in the system has to say there are some things we will not pay for. The big question is, who? The government? Insurance companies? Or consumers themselves? And should the answer necessarily be the same for everyone?
Inequality in economic resources is a natural but not altogether attractive feature of a free society. As health care becomes an ever larger share of the economy, we will have no choice but to struggle with the questions of how far we should allow such inequality to extend and what restrictions on our liberty we should endure in the name of fairness."
"Why Health Care Will Never Be Equal," New York Times, Sep. 19, 2009
Experts Individuals with MDs, DOs, PhDs, JDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to health care; top-level federal government officials significantly involved in health care and related issues. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Professor of Economics, Harvard University, 1987-present
Chairman, Council of Economic Advisers, 2003-2005
Assistant Professor of Economics, Harvard University, 1985-1987
Instructor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1984-1985
Staff Economist, Council of Economic Advisers, 1982-1983
PhD, Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 1984
AB, summa cum laude, Economics, Princeton University, 1980