Dr. Ben Carson became the darling of conservatives earlier this year by stridently attacking the Affordable Care Act with President Obama sitting just a few feet away.
Carson, who was serving as the keynote speaker at the National Prayer Breakfast at the White House, said:
“Here’s my solution: When a person is born, give him a birth certificate, an electronic medical record, and a health savings account to which money can be contributed – pretax – from the time you’re born ’til the time you die. When you die, you can pass it on to your family members, so that when you’re 85 years old and you got six diseases, you’re not trying to spend up everything. You’re happy to pass it on and there’s nobody talking about death panels.
“Number one. And also, for the people who were indigent who don’t have any money we can make contributions to their HSA [Health Savings Account] each month because we already have this huge pot of money. Instead of sending it to some bureaucracy, let’s put it in their HSAs. Now they have some control over their own health care.”
In 2008, George W. Bush presented Carson with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Carson has made several controversial remarks after his appearance at the White House. In March, he said on Fox TV: “Marriage is between a man and a woman. No group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA [North American Man/Boy Love Association], be they people who believe in bestiality, it doesn’t matter what they are. They don’t get to change the definition.”
Of all of his outrageous comments, his latest one ranks among the most egregious.
Speaking at a Voter Values Summit, Carson said, “I have to tell you that Obamacare is, really, I think, the worst thing that’s happened to this nation since slavery. It was never about healthcare, it was about control.”
First, the Affordable Care Act does what its proper title implies – it makes health care affordable to millions of people, including the uninsured.
Second, any idiot knows that having access to healthcare is not worse than slavery.
Enslaved Africans had no rights, as the Supreme Court ruled in its 1857 Dred Scott decision, “which the White man was bound to respect.” They were brutalized, degraded, whipped, killed, and raped at the whim of the slave master. Marriage was not recognized and the slave codes in various states made it illegal to teach Blacks to read or write.
The Affordable Health Care Act is worse than that?
It’s a ridiculous comparison. At the rate he is going, Carson’s photograph will be slapped on boxes of rice. Dr. Ben will be more appropriately known as Uncle Ben.
George E. Curry is editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service. He Curry can be reached through his website, www.georgecurry.com.