Dr. Ben Carson, heretofore-brilliant Hopkins neurosurgeon should not be discussing policy.
According to Carson, universal healthcare is the same as being legally indentured because it makes people subservient to the government.
Okay, short digression. People must stop comparing things to horrific historical times: like slavery and Nazi Germany.
Back to topic. The good doctor has an explanation in case his remarks sound like the ravings of a madman.
“It was never about health care,” Carson elucidates. “It was about control and that’s why – 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 toward getting this legislation passed.”
What many people, tea baggers et. al., ignore is that fact that in addition to the humane part of universal health care, it can help save money in many ways.
Previously uninsured have an option besides expensive care in emergency rooms. And the legislation seeks to force hospitals to become more efficient and less prone to mistakes.
There are taxes in place and funding sources that will further offset costs that are associated with this important legislation.
It is unbelievable that a doctor would not understand the need and value of expanding health insurance.
For several years, Dr. Carson has been Baltimore City’s strange “uncle who mutters to himself.” In addition to being identified with Johns Hopkins Hospital, one of the finest in the country, he made crazy statements locally about dominating toddlers and his strong opposition to many government programs.
When he spoke to a national audience, the rest of the country could witness how unhinged Carson has become.
But for the GOP, he is the mother lode: a minority, crazy, cruel and makes no sense.
So why shouldn’t he become a symbol for the Republicans and possibly a candidate one day.