Dr. Ben Carson asserted his conservative bona fides at the Values Voter Summit in Washington on Friday by slapping down Obamacare as “the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery.”
Carson, a world-renowned retired neurosurgeon, spoke of his days as a doctor, when he would see people from different countries — CEOs, princes, queens — who would die of disease, saying every one of them would have given up their wealth to be healthy.
“Everything else pales into insignificance compared to your health,” Carson said. “And that’s the reason that your health should be controlled by you and not by the government.”
Carson went on to compare Obamacare to a totalitarian regime.
“When [the government says] the people in the — in the executive branch and the legislative branch don’t have to participate in certain programs but everybody else has to, when they give businesses exemptions but the common people they say, no, you have to do it, you know, that’s not America.
“That’s Russia. That’s someplace else. How did we allow that to happen in this nation?”
Carson then compared Obamacare to slavery, saying the health care law was “making all of us subservient to the government.”
Carson said Obamacare was “never about health care” but about control, as evidenced by the fact that as the economy was coming out of a terrible recession, the president and Democrats in Congress directed all of their efforts toward getting the law passed.
“Vladimir Lenin, one of the fathers of socialism and communism, said that socialized medicine is the keystone to the establishment of a socialist state,” Carson said.
Carson also discussed his positions on other conservative issues, like abortion, gay marriage and religion.
“There’s no war on women,” Carson said. “The war is on their baby.”
Carson pointed out that Americans have aborted 55 million babies since Roe v. Wade in 1973, yet said “we have the nerve to call other societies of the past heathen.”
Carson advocated for the family as well, pleading with parents who were thinking about getting a divorce to “reconsider” and focus on “what you love about your mate” instead of the negative.
On gay marriage, Carson said he believes “two adults have the right to bind themselves legally in such a way that they have visitation rights, property rights, various other rights.” But he said that does not mean the definition of marriage needs to be changed.
Carson also touched on poverty, recalling his own humble background and how his mother worked two or three jobs to avoid welfare and provide her children with what they needed. Carson said that too often, those who claim to be advocates of the poor do so to get elected without looking at the future.
“This gravy train is not going to last forever,” Carson said. “A much kinder thing to do is to find ways to empower those people in way that they can move from the lower rungs to the higher rungs of our society.”
Carson brought up the Constitution, saying the government is beginning to “neglect” the document.
Carson then spoke about education, saying the U.S. should direct students toward “the right kinds of careers” like math and science.
Finally, Carson said that religion should not be maligned in America. “If we try to throw God out of our nation, he will neglect us, and we will go down the tubes,” Carson said.
Carson may have dismissed a potential run in 2016, but his speech seemed to indicate that he has further intentions than a quiet retirement.