Tea Party Favorite Ben Carson: VA Deaths Scandal ‘a Gift From God’
Dozens of veterans are dead because of the Veterans Affairs department’s failure to provide adequate and timely healthcare but Tea Party favorite and possible 2016 presidential candidate Ben Carson apparently believes that’s a good thing.
Appearing on Fox News, Carson said “I think what’s happening with the veterans is a gift from God to show us what happens when you take layers and layers of bureaucracy and place them between the patients and the healthcare provider.”
He asserted that the VA scandal is a “preview” of what is to come under Obamacare.
Carson said “and if we can’t get it right, with the relatively small number of veterans, how in the world are you going to do it with the entire population? You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure this out.”
Carson, a doctor, became embraced by the right after giving a speech at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast when he proposed an “alternative” to the Affordable Care Act.
In his speech, Carson said “here’s my solution: when a person is born, give them a birth certificate, an electronic medical record, and a health savings account, to which money can be contributed pre-tax from the time you’re born to the time you die. When you die, you can pass it on to your family members so that when you’re 85 years old and you have six diseases, you’re not trying to spend everything. You’re happy to send in on and there’s nobody talking about death panels.”
At the Family Research Council’s Values Voter Summit last year, Carson said “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, because it is making all of us subservient to the government, and it was never about health care. It was about control.”