Ben Carson at his presidential announcement speech in Detroit.
Ben Carson’s campaign manager, Terry Giles says Ben has been deeply thinking about the Medicare issue for 19 years. During that time he has tweaked and “perfected” his ideas.  Really?

Please don’t shoot the messenger. It is just one of those things I am trying to figure out, after all Americans have been duped over and over again.  When it comes to any of the candidates, look under the bed, in the drawers and rummage through the boxes in the closet.  Sometimes all you have to do is just listen to what they are telling you, and in the case of Carson, he is telling us a lot.

If you follow his thinking, and his presentations you just may believe you are attending a sociology class at Columbia University, where everything said is up for discussion, debate, and subject to change as the class progresses.  Certainly by the end of the semester all the issues will have been dissected and brought around to a more liberal point of view.  Those who get an A will be those who finally got around to Professor Carson’s way of thinking….which is very difficult to follow if you want an A.  Those who get a D or flunk altogether will have been the ones to question the wisdom being interjected.  They will also be the ones who possess critical thinking skills, something the professor says he wants to teach, but gets very frustrated when it is exercised by his students.

In a recent interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday, Carson tried to explain his ever evolving stance on his health savings account that will replace Medicare.  He admits it is still evolving.  Haven’t we all had enough of evolving and unclear government projects?  Don’t we already have that in the living Obama Care Act?


WALLACE:  How do you get the money for your health savings account?  I’m not talking about Medicaid, I’m talking about Medicare, because you used to say you were going to end Medicare and have a $2,000 government fee to every individual, man, woman and child.

CARSON:  That’s gone.  That is off the table.  We’re not having the government do that.  I don’t want a big government program.

WALLACE:  Let me — don’t mean to interrupt, but I’m a little bit confused.  So, if I’m a regular person, I’m not indigent and I — you’re going to give me a health savings account, but you’re not going to give me any money, why wouldn’t I want Medicare?  What’s the advantage of the health savings account?

CARSON:  Well, remember, you already if you’re a regular person have a job.  And they’re already giving you some health benefits.  So, instead of that money going into the inefficient system that it goes in now, it gets divided and divvied up into your family’s health savings account over which you now have control and to which you can contribute anything you want.  That’s the difference.

WALLACE:  Doesn’t that mean there’s going to be government money going into my health savings account?

CARSON:  If there’s already government money going into it, it certainly could, absolutely.

WALLACE:  And would that be $2,000?

CARSON:  But not — but not new government money.  No, the same — listen carefully, because this is the concept that sometimes can be confusing.


CARSON:  The amount of money that we are already spending for health care in this country is astronomical.  And it’s almost twice as much as many other countries in the world.  And yet, we have terrible problems with access.

If we take those same dollars and divert them into a system that gives you control over your home health care, you and your health care provider cut out the middle man, the bureaucracy.  Those dollars go much further.  We won’t have to use as many of them.  The dollars are already there, Chris.

WALLACE:  I understand, but they’re in a government system.
Last question, I want to understand — all right.  Let’s say I’ve retired, OK?  I had a job, I had health insurance, now I’ve retired and I need government help for my health care.  Where’s that money coming from?

CARSON:  The same place — the same dollars that would be going to you through Medicare would go into your health savings account.  You continue to use it just like you have been using.  However —

WALLACE:  So, in other words, does the government (INAUDIBLE) as a senior citizen?

CARSON:  Right.  If you decide you don’t like that system and you prefer just to keep the system like it is, I’m not going to deny you the privilege of doing that.

So Carson doesn’t want a big government program, but he still needs a big government program to implement his small government program?  Yes.  That is what it is.  So, critical thinkers you may want to also consider comfort care.  As Carson also is still evolving on his past stance that “it is well known that up to half of the medical expenses incurred in the average American’s life are incurred during the last six months of life.”  In the same journal article (Harvard Journal of Minority Public Health, 1996) he wonders whether it is not better to allow the person to “die with dignity” rather than “prodding, testing and operating on them ad nauseam.”  But, isn’t that already covered in Obama Care?

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Dianne Marshall

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