Carson: Obamacare is 'slavery'
October 11th, 2013
01:36 PM ET
11 months ago

Carson: Obamacare is 'slavery'

(CNN) – Dr. Ben Carson, a renowned neurosurgeon enjoying recent popularity in the conservative movement, compared the federal health care law to "slavery" during a speech Friday at the Values Voter Summit, an annual conservative gathering in Washington.

"Obamacare is really, I think, the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery. And it is – in a way, it is slavery, in a way," he said. "Because it is making all of us subservient to the government."

At the heart of his criticism is the law's requirement, beginning next year, for individuals to obtain health insurance or else face a penalty.

A longtime critic of the Affordable Care Act, Carson rose to fame earlier this year when he bashed Democratic policies on taxes and health care as he gave the keynote address at the National Prayer Breakfast. President Obama was sitting just feet away while he openly chided some of Obama's positions.

He argued Friday that the president's signature law "was never about health care."

"It was about control," he continued. "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."

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He said the Obama administration was 'neglecting' the Constitution and imposing "their own will" by picking and choosing which provisions of the health care law to enforce.

"When they give businesses exemptions but the common people they say, 'No, you have to do it, you know, that's not America," he said. "That's Russia. That's someplace else. How did we allow that to happen in this nation?"

He was referring to the administration's decision to delay for a year the employer mandate for businesses with more than 50 full-time employees. The individual mandate, however, is still scheduled to take effect in 2014.

As Carson gained more attention for his political views this year, some speculated he could run for public office–an option he hasn't ruled out.

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But he sparked strong backlash in March when he equated homosexuality with pedophilia and bestiality during a television interview centered on same-sex marriage. Facing loud opposition, he apologized and withdrew from speaking gigs at Johns Hopkins medical school and an event for the American Academy of Physicians Assistants.

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soundoff (79 Responses)
  1. John Geheran

    Dr. Carson's common sense approach to issues of the day is refreshing and unvarnished. He has a knack for deconstructing complex issues and asking the right questions.

    October 11, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  2. The Reality

    The name for it is the Democrat Plantation.... Any black person like Carson that strays off of it is hunted down and hounded by the Democrat Masters. He will learn that life off the Democrat Plantation is one of constant attack.

    October 11, 2013 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  3. Marcus (from...?)

    American Citizen – Are you for real?
    Think about the park, they've stopped providing revenues. Think about the tourists and all the money that they won't be spending in hitels, shops, fast food or restaurants and the likes (who would travel to the Grand Canyon if you can't see it?). Think about all the licenses and permits that those federal workers cannot provide (and are mandatory in some cases) and while you are thinkning about them, remember that they are not supposed (unless they're all shopaholic spendrifts) to be spending money as if they had a guaranteed paycheck.
    That's the basic.

    October 11, 2013 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  4. Buck OFama

    I'd like to see anyone one of our nut jobs in Washington debate Dr. Ben Carson on Obamacare. I've read all of this mans books and he is a genius. He actually uses logic and not a sensationalized perspective that is backed by a political party. I suggest all you sensitive soicalists read his books too before you begin bashing him. You might learn something.

    October 11, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
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