Ben Carson commits 'values malpractice' [Letter]

If neurosurgeon Ben Carson practiced medicine the way he practices politics, the "M.D." after his name would stand for "Malpractice Defendant."

Every physician takes the Hippocratic Oath to "do no harm." To oppose universal health care for Americans — as embodied in the Affordable Care Act — is on its face a violation of that oath. It constitutes, in short, "values malpractice" — a charge that applies not only to him but also to Congressional ACA opponents such as Dr. Rand Paul and Dr. Andy Harris.

For example, according to a study published in Health Affairs, between 7,115 and 17,304 deaths will be "attributable to the lack of Medicaid expansion in opt-out states."

Indeed, Dr. Harris was explicitly called out on this "values malpractice" point in the pages of the Baltimore Jewish Times in its Oct. 23 edition. Interestingly enough, he made no effort to rebut this accusation — presumably because he can't. As the saying goes, silence is concurrence.

S. R. Cohen, Baltimore

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