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Ben Carson: Obamacare Worse than 9/11

Posted on September 19, 2012 by admin

In a recent interview with the Daily Beast, Republican fan favorite and retired surgeon Ben Carson uttered the unthinkable: Obamacare is worse than 9/11.

The Affordable Care Act has received no small opposition since its inception and establishment. Opinions against it continue to mount despite its success. However, while arguments have been numerous about how Obamacare is devastating the nation’s healthcare system, no opponent has ever said anything quite as extreme as Carson’s latest claim.

Obamacare is worse than the terrorist attacks that rocked the nation to its very core? One would think that Carson envisioned President Obama reciting Robert Oppenheimer’s words upon creating the atom bomb as he signed at the bottom of the bill: “Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds.” The reality is that the Affordable Care Act has embodied the opposite, breathing life into the nation and its sick. As innumerable studies have shown, Obamacare has given cancer patients a better chance at recovery; it has cut the rate of uninsured blacks, Hispanics, and American adults in general. Furthermore, it’s provided healthcare to more citizens for the first time in America’s history.

Obamacare is a vehicle for life, for a healthy future. And even though Carson’s camp claims the former neurosurgeon was baited into the declaration, there is no erasing the controversial comparison. The people will not forget his words.

Furthermore, this isn’t the first time that Carson has stirred the pot. It’s barely the first time in the last 30 days. Only a matter of weeks before, Carson called the disaster that took place with the VA “a gift from God.” Of course, he was referring to the lesson learned about the problem of placing bureaucracy between patients and the care they need, but such a statement – so undoubtedly offensive in its construction – was not well-received. In both cases, the fight for repeal, though still very much alive, is losing strength. And ironically as it may be, it’s because of these very same combative statements.

Republicans in general have been fighting for the removal of the health care law since it was signed into effect in 2010, employing all sorts of medical professionals to back them in their quest. Unfortunately, however, belligerents like Ben Carson are doing them no favors. While passion does inspire followers more often than not, such aggression is being seen as weakness on the part of the GOP. And even 12+ years removed, it’s always too soon to mention – let alone draw a comparison – to the horror of 9/11.