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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.”

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  • Margaret Thurmond

    I used to respect him & his talent…no more

  • Marilyn Jones Semiraglio

    Crazy man…….

  • msaxie

    My best friend gets excellent care at the VA hospital. For the first time in my daughter’s adult life she has medical insurance. She has worked almost every day for 24 years. Often time she worked 2 jobs. Thank you President Obama and all of congress who voted for the Affordable Care Act fondly known as Obamacare. (Thank you republicans for so nicely naming the ACA as Obamacare.)

  • Teresa mcinerny

    This clown should be given a red bulbous nose and big floppy shoes!

  • Jim Spillane

    Just a dirty spoon.

  • patisok

    Does he think those earning minimum wage would have much in any kind of medical savings account? Not enough for one emergency room visit. He is NUTS