‘Obamacare Is The Worst Thing Since Slavery’: Roland Martin Confronts Ben Carson For Controversial Comment

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October 20, 2013 ‐ By Kimberly Gedeon
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“I have to tell you Obamacare is, really I think, the worst thing that’s happened in this nation since slavery,” Dr. Ben Carson, a recent Fox News hire, said  at the Voter Values Summit on Friday.

His controversial speech sent shockwaves across the nation as Carson said that The Affordable Care Act (ACA) bounds the American people by shackles: “It is making all of us subservient to the government. It was never about health care. It was about control,” he said.

In one portion of his oration, the renowned neurosurgeon pointed to Obamacare as the path a Communist country: “Vladimir Lenin, one of the fathers of socialism and communism, said that socialized medicine is the keystone to the establishment of a socialist state,” he added.

Roland Martin, according to Mediaite.com, took to his radio program on NewsOne to confront Ben Carson. Considering all the devastating events that have plagued America between days of slavery and now, how does Carson point to Obamacare as the worst? Carson replied:

“That’s my opinion. First of all, I recognize that slavery was a horrible thing … I realize how horrible it was … I didn’t say this is as bad as slavery, I said this is the worst thing since slavery.”

Martin interjected to confirm if this included the Jim Crow laws. “Yes, absolutely,” Carson said. He continued to claim that the ACA goes against the constitutional rights of the American people:

This nation was founded on the principle that it would be a new type of nation, that was for, of, and by the people. A constitution was put in place that would assure that the people remain at the pinnacle of power and that the central government would never reach the point where it had control of the people. [Obamacare] fundamentally changes the relationship.”

Carson asserted that the government is taking too much control of American healthcare. But Martin “pushed back, declaring that the healthcare law empowers the individual. The doctor responded by saying that the law gets in between the patient-provider relationship,” Mediaite said.

“This is only the beginning,” Carson warned. “Ultimately we will have a single-payer system if we don’t stop this from happening.”

In other news of anti-Obamacare antics, one owner of an Arkansas restaurant put up a sign that read “Obamacare: America’s Punishment for Slavery.” What’s up with people linking health care reform to those torturous days for Blacks in America?

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  • ZLoves

    “I have to tell you Obamacare is, really I think, the worst thing that’s happened in this nation since slavery.”
    -_- since slavery?? REALLY??!? SHUT UP!! This is such a dramatic comment

  • Val

    Carson is obviously getting paid by the insurance industry. So, he makes these outrageous statements knowing they will garner a lot of attention and keep those checks coming in.

  • VJenae

    Self hatred is so disgusting and sick.

    • TheSharperWon

      The real self hatred causes is hatered that causes us as African Americans to think outside of the box to get out of the box of containment!

  • NUPEdash

    I am very fond of Dr, Ben Carson. He has been my role model for years as I am a medical student. I guess I’m in the minority that actually agrees with his stance but disagrees with his wording. Dr. Carson is a conservative republican, so of course he’s against the ACA but he should have known better that his rhetoric would strike a bad tone with blacks.

    • coolyfett

      The Black community has an issue when a black person has a different opinion on an issue. From Obama, to Trayvon Martin, to Don Lemon, to this situation if you dont automatically agree with the “BLACK OPINION” you are classed as a sell out or wanna be white. I disagree with Dr. Carson, but I have no names to call him because we think differently.

      • NUPEdash

        I agree completely. For example, as a community we’ve allowed democratic policies to suppress us as a culture instead taking what we’re giving and moving forward. It’s hurting us to keep looking back at the past and using it as a crutch to hinder us from moving forward.

        • guest

          All three of these statement are the most intelligent comments on the this thread.

      • blogdiz

        I have no issue with a different opinion black people are not monolithic however minimizing the dehumanizing institution of slavery with such a co mparison is just pandering to the lowest denominator

        • Well

          But he didn’t minimize slavery nor did he compare the ACA to slavery. He said:

          “That’s my opinion. First of all, I recognize that slavery was a horrible thing … I realize how horrible it was … I didn’t say this is as bad as slavery, I said this is the worst thing since slavery.”

          • blogdiz

            Ok worse thing since slavery i .e worse than Jim. Crow lynchings and not being able to vote hmmm ….. Thanks for clearing that up

        • TheSharperWon

          NOooooooo, it is just TRUTH and it is quite apparent that we as, some of us anyway, as African Americans simply can not handle THE TRUTH!

  • FromUR2UB

    I used to think very highly of Dr. Ben Carson. But black republicans remind me of the help working in white households. They have to act like they don’t hear the insults or conversations about them by the people for whom they work. The party only uses them for reasons like this, to mouth their talkings points, but they have so little respect and regard for them that they ignore them otherwise, including when a few black republicans like Michael Steel tries to tell them to be more inclusive. I guess some black republicans think they can do some good by working from within the party, but how can they expect to do that when the party treats them like they should be seen and not heard…like servants?

  • Kam

    When you don’t have to worry about providing yourself or your family with affordable health insurance that actually covers more than a bottle of iodine, a box of bandaids, and some knock off anti-bacterial ointment then you can comfortably make statements such as this. Most of the people complaining the loudest about the ACA have either never read the bill in its entirety, or have their pockets stuffed by interests groups who would profit from its demise. I remember hearing the protesters outside of my office screaming about death panels (which by the way have existed long before the ACA, it was the insurance agency determining if your condition was pre-exisiting, and if they felt like approving the expenses to treat it), and comparing it to the evilness of the NHS (Great Britain comparisons so wrong in fact that the people of Great Britain shut down twitter responding to such comparisons. The ACA as it was written was not perfect, but then again neither was the Social Security Act, or Medicare/Medicaid. It has taken decades for it to get where it is, and guess what it STILL isn’t where it should be. ACA is the same way. I’m not a huge fan of the bill, but I’m glad that they got a starting point finally because every President since Kennedy has been trying to pass a version of National Healthcare as quiet as its kept. If your job has, or you have been in a position to provide insurance for you and yours then God bless but for those who will benefit from this bill then I hope this is just the beginning of a good thing for them. To compare this act to slavery is classist and egregious to put it mildly.

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  • ssljc

    What a frigging disappointment to the black/human race. From this moment on, most will remember him for this statement NOT his contribution to medicine. You just lost my respect, but i guess that means nothing since the white race approval is more important to him

    • truth

      obamacare is the rfid chip and the governments population enforcement beginning. do some research. OBAMA IS MUSLIM. they are going to kill us !!!

      • Daddy

        For fuck’s sake finally someone’s in the right direction!

      • ZLoves

        Ignorance at it’s best.

  • provokethought

    While I truly admire his contribution to medicine and our history I have increasingly become surprised and disappointed with some of his positions lately.

    • Daddy

      Like the times where he implied the truth that we will be probably in a socialist shithole ravaged by oppression by the end of the decade? Yeah, no clue what he did wrong here…. Oh wait, he didn’t.

  • NCRESIDENT

    It seems like when people like him get into a different tax bracket they become different in the sense that they no longer could understand the struggles other blacks have gone through and still are just to make it smh. It’s like they become white washed to believe that racism never and don’t exist and they actually become racist towards their own people smh. Just like Armstrong who is from the South Carolina where the confederate flags wave high and say he never saw racism smh.

  • staygolden

    This is an example of something sounds better in your head.

    • ZLoves

      lol I’m tellin ya. I bet he thought this was SUCH a genius statement

  • Happy

    I have respect for Ben Carson in terms of his contributions to medicine but his statement regarding the Affordable Care Act is disappointing.

  • bluekissess

    Only in America smh