Oh man… I LOVE a good Shapiro video! He never disappoints. This one begin with Steve Olikara, who was moderating, asking Shapiro if he was “proud of disappointed” with the GOP’s failure to repeal Obamacare, singling out senators John McCain, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins who voted against it.
He responded “I’m wildly disappointed with the entire party. The fact is that we were promised a full repeal of Obamacare; they did not even attempt to pursue a full repeal of Obamacare.”
He continued by doing some teaching of his own:
The fact of the matter is that there’s a significant gap in the Republican Party over whether this should even happen or not. There are people who believe the Obamacare regulations are an affirmative good; there was an attempt to basically leave all the Obama care regulations in place and just remove the funding mechanism, which would have led to the exacerbation of the death spiral. The truth about health care is this; there are three qualities of health care that you can have: You can have affordability; you can have universality, or you can have quality. You can have two of those three things, but not all three … one of the things about Obamacare is that you’ve gotten closer to universality, but you’ve not gotten any closer to either affordability or quality. And the Republican Party seems to be falling into the trap of basically just copying what the Democrats do and being worse at it.
What they actually need to do is relieve the regulatory burden that is driving up the cost of health care and they need to stop acting as though insurance companies’ job is actually just to reimburse people for their bad health. … That doesn’t mean that we can’t have some form of back-up for people who have pre-existing conditions; I would hope that the social fabric would fill that in. This is why I’m a big believer in charity and churches and synagogues filling in the gap, but what we can’t do is to suggest, as the Bernie Sanders Left does, that health care is an inalienable right, and therefore you can put a gun to my wife’s head, she’s a doctor, and you can force her to provide care at any cost you want to pay. You can’t do that and hope to increase the supply of health care. Health insurance is not health care, they are not the same thing, and anybody who tells you differently is lying or trying to sell you something.