Obamacare is the worst form of government intervention since slavery, Dr. Ben Carson declared today.
The retired brain surgeon made this statement as part of a 20-minute speech as the Value Voters Summit in Washington.
Carson — the former director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital — shot to overnight national prominence in February when he criticized Obamacare and other Barack Obama policies with the president sitting two seats away during the National Prayer Breakfast.
Carson has also recently talked about being subjected to an IRS audit sometime thereafter.
Said Carson today: “Obamacare is really, I think, the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery… in a way, it is slavery because it is making all of us subservient to the government. And it was never about healthcare; it was about control. That’s why when this administration took office, it didn’t matter that the country was going off the cliff economically. All forces were directed at getting this legislation passed. And why did they want to pass it so badly? Well, as I said the other night on television, Vladimir Lenin, one of the founders of socialism and communism said that socialized medicine is the keystone to the establishment of a socialist state…”
Continued Carson: “Some people have said, ‘oh come on, you’re being paranoid, how could someone bring up something like that.’ I would say if you know anything about history, how could you not bring it up…”
Carson, a possible 2016 GOP presidential candidate, told The Hill that “I made that comparison in terms of evil things in our society. Slavery was a clear evil which had a very negative impact on everything in our society, and Obamacare is a clear evil that is also going to have a very negative impact on everything in our society — in addition to the fact that it subjugates the population to the government.”
Obamacare narrowly passed Congress after a contentious debate when Democrats held majorities in both chambers.
Do you think there is any parallel between Obamacare and slavery?