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Ben Carson: When I Said Obamacare Was Worse Than Slavery, I Should Have Said ‘Worse Than 9/11’

Tea Party favorite and potential 2016 candidate Ben Carson just can’t stop speaking in hyperbole, so much so that he is now unsure which hyperbole fits his diluted Obamacare metaphor best.

In an interview with The Daily Beast, Carson stated that Obamacare is “worse for the US than the terrorist attacks of September 11.”

Last year, he spoke at the Values Voters Summit, telling supporters that Obamacare is “the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery.”

The Beast’s Evan Gahr asked Carson, “You said Obamacare was the worst thing since slavery. Why do you think it was worse than 9/11?”

“Because 9/11 is an isolated incident,” Carson said. “Things that are isolated issues as opposed to things that fundamentally change the United States of America and shift power from the people to the government. That is a huge shift.”

Gahr followed up, asking “who do you think caused families more pain – Obamacare or Osama bin Laden?”

Carson replied, “You have to take a long term look at something that fundamentally changes the power structure of America. You have to be someone who reads. Who is well-read. I want you to go back tonight and pull out what Saul Alinsky says about health care under the control of the government.”

Ben Carson is gaining some serious steam among the nation’s conservatives as a potential 2016 candidate. In a straw poll conducted at the Republican Leadership Conference, Carson finished right behind Ted Cruz’ 30.3 percent with 29.4 percent. Though not included in most 2016 polls, Carson could certainly tote the factually dubious Tea Party line in the next presidential race.

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  • Sungoddess

    Let me see getting afforable insurance is like somebody owning you making you work for free and getting the crap beat out if you. Or my cousin being burned alive in the twin towers is equal to being able to purchase insurance that you can afford. Oh I see it clearly.

    • M Guyton

      Sungodess, Exactly! Well stated! Quite obviously, “Uncle” Ben has lost his mind and sold his soul to the devil!!!

      • Antonio K. Taylor

        M I agree wholeheartedly.

    • Antonio K. Taylor

      It is a damn shame that this idiot, a doctor, would utter such revolting nonsense. This is a vile human being masquerading as a gentleman. It is my sincerest hope that reasonable people see through his facade.

  • Lovie Jones

    Please do not allow yourself to be used. I am very disappointed in your statements,

  • Lovie Jones

    Please stick to what you do best, it is not politics.

    • M Guyton

      Exactly! Simply because he studied and knows something about brain surgery does NOT mean he has ever mastered the nuances of constitutional law, statutory law, or the workings of the Federal Government! I wonder how he would feel someone would offer THEIR untutored opinions on his surgeries!

  • Betty Harris Custer

    I heard you speak a decade ago and was impressed with your life story and your passion about young blacks learning Black history to have role models. Now I fear your own desire to preserve your wealth by lessening government has changed that compassion, I am very disappointed

    • Eady Trice Morgan

      I also heard his story many years ago andI am now very disappointed and this man based on the description he gave regarding his mother I’m going to draw the conclusion and the assumption that she would be very disappointed in him

  • Joyce Williams

    Ben Carson, you really like sitting in back of the bus!

  • Ann Marie Brown

    Are you serious? How can you COMPARE the 911attack and deaths to health care. What has happened to this great Dr Carson!!

  • Nicolas Espinal

    The right for the people of north america to not be denied medical coverage for any pre existing conditions or any reason from the past is terrible for corrporate profitability lets be real here

    • SusieQ666

      I don’t know if you’re being facetious or downright serious. There are are many variables that affect corporate profits. Corporate responsibility may sound too “Lefty-Liberal” for you, but as a retired Wall St. banker and economist, I can tell you don’t know much about the simple relationship between wages and discretionary income and the bottom line. If people can’t afford your product, the profitability will be weakened to the point that some heads will roll at the top!
      Health insurance for all would be great, if only the obstructionists would just quit whining! And don’t say “North America”, because my numerous friends in Canada are very satisfied and HAPPY with their system, including former US residents (who retain their US citizenship). Your argument doesn’t hold water

  • Betty Harris Custer

    Who knows what changes people but I hAve to assume that moving from the bottom1% to the top had something to do with it

  • Sage

    Ben you and a toilet need flushed, both for the same reason, your are full of …..

    • Denice

      Witty lol

  • Gort1

    Gawd…..A brain surgeon with so little intelligent observation and deduction skills is scary. Stick to other’s brains Dr Carson. ..leave politics to the professionals.

  • Truthforme

    Is that what they meant by the phrase Uncle Tom?

  • Antonio K. Taylor

    A few decades ago I was watching the Jack Paar Show and he had Clement Freud, who was the nephew of Sigmund Freud, on the show and Jack being Jack, was trying to be a smart-ass. Clement just looked at him and said, “If you hit yourself in the head with a book, and get a hollow sound, it doesn’t mean there’s nothing in the book”. Whenever I hear this man speak I remember that quote.