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Ben Carson: If we don’t stop Obamacare, we’ll end up with a single-payer system

By Arturo Garcia
Saturday, October 19, 2013 0:22 EDT
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Dr. Ben Carson speaks to Fox News
 
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Fox News contributor Dr. Ben Carson defended his statement linking the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) to slavery in a radio interview with Roland S. Martin on Friday by fretting that it would eventually lead to a single-payer health care system, while also attempting to clarify his remark.

“I didn’t say this is as bad as slavery,” Carson told Martin, after explaining that he has traced his own family history while studying that of the slave trade. “I said this is the worst thing since slavery.”

“Which includes Jim Crow,” Martin responded.

“Yes, absolutely,” Carson confirmed, arguing that the law created a path for the government to control every American’s health.

Martin pushed back, however, saying that individuals still controlled how they took care of themselves, while the law itself governed how they chose to get medical care and also mentioning the law mandating that emergency rooms see any patient that walk through their doors.

“We’re paying higher property taxes and higher sales taxes as relates to our county hospitals,” Martin told Carson. “And so we’ve been funding a national health care system, and it hasn’t been working, so how is this somehow controlling people’s health?”

Carson responded by saying that the law put both patients and providers “at its beck and call,” and warned that more changes were to come.

“What you will see is that a lot of the insurance companies will begin to fold,” Carson speculated. “People will have fewer and fewer options. Ultimately we will have a single-payer system if we don’t stop this from happening, and that will give the government the kind of control that it needs.”

Listen to the interview, as aired on NewsOne radio, below.

Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
 
 
 
 
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