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Ben Shapiro, JD Biography

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Wire
Con to the question "Should All Americans Have the Right (Be Entitled) to Health Care?"

“Morally, you have no right to demand medical care of me. I may recognize your necessity and offer charity; my friends and I may choose to band together and fund your medical care. But your necessity does not change the basic math: Medical care is a service and a good provided by a third party…

[M]edical care is a commodity, and treating it otherwise is foolhardy. To make a commodity cheaper and better, two elements are necessary: profit incentive and freedom of labor. The government destroys both of these elements in the health-care industry. It decides medical reimbursement rates for millions of Americans, particularly poor Americans; this, in turn, creates an incentive for doctors not to take government-sponsored health insurance…

So, what’s the solution for poor people? Not to declare medical care a ‘right,’ and certainly not to dismiss reliance on the market as perverse cruelty. Markets are the solution in medical care, just as they are in virtually every other area. Treating medical care as a commodity means temporary shortages, and it means that some people will not get everything we would wish them to have. But that’s also true of government-sponsored medical care, as the most honest advocates will admit. And whereas government-sponsored medical care requires a top-down approach that violates individual liberties, generates overdemand, and quashes supply, markets prize individual liberties, reduce demand (you generally demand less of what you must pay for), and heighten supply through profit incentive.”

“Health Care Is a Commodity, Not a Right,”, Jan. 11, 2017

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Founder and Editor-in-Chief, The Daily Wire, 2015-present
  • Podcast Host, The Ben Shapiro Show, 2015-present
  • Columnist, Creators Syndicate, 2001-present
  • Senior Editor-at-Large, Breitbart News, 2012-Mar. 2016
  • Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief, TruthRevolt, 2013-Apr. 2015
  • Founder, Benjamin Shapiro Legal Consulting
  • Former Lawyer, Goodwin Procter, LLP in Los Angeles, California
  • JD, Harvard Law School, cumma laude, 2007
  • BA, summa cum laude, Political Science, University of California at Los Angeles, 2004
  • Twitter: @benshapiro
  • DePaul University officials blocked Shapiro from giving a speech on campus to the College Republican organization on Nov. 15, 2016
  • Became a nationally syndicated columnist at age 17
  • Entered college at age 16
  • Born on Jan. 15, 1984
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