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Ben Carson´s Problematic
Views on Health Care

American Thinker, by M. Catharine Evans

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Posted By:magnante, 3/20/2013 8:09:39 AM

Dr. Ben Carson, in his many public appearances, certainly sounds conservative with his rags-to-riches story and his recent criticism of Obamacare. But does he really want to get rid of private insurers and replace them with the government? What about cradle-to-grave electronic monitoring of medical records? What about his views on end-of-life care? In several past interviews as well as his recent book America the Beautiful published in 2012, he comes to the same conclusions as those on the left who salivate over the idea of universal health care

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: secondtimelucky, 3/20/2013 8:49:09 AM     (No. 9234549)

FTA: But it looks like we need more clarification of the famous surgeon´s intentions for healthcare reform before we "magically put [him] in the White House?"

Seems to me we need more clarification of any candidate or potential candidate´s intentions toward any policy before magically putting him into the WH. That´s how we got Dear Leader. If we´re given the chance, we cannot afford to be that stupid - again...

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Knotwyrkin, 3/20/2013 8:56:39 AM     (No. 9234563)

I already know more about Carson than 0bama (due to an abdication of responsibility by the old media), and I know which I would choose in a heartbeat.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Starlady, 3/20/2013 9:01:34 AM     (No. 9234567)

At least Dr Carson is speaking from personal experience with insurance companies where as Obama speaks from his vast ignorance. I imagine doctors overflow with frustration in trying to help patients but having to get the okay from companies to do so.
I do think Dr Carson has oversimplified the solutions.
I also think we have to look at the quality of life issue. Having been a nurse in a long term care facility for many years I can assure you the state is very good at keeping people alive indefinitely unless the family or physicians discuss end of life issues. I have seen persons who had no hope for recovery be hospitalized for months because they came down with a UTI or pneumonia. Medicare dollars that could be put to use for better outcomes. I think it is time we have this discussion. How long do we keep people alive just because we medically are able to do so? Often the people we keep alive have no way to communicate whether they want to be kept alive.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: WAN2, 3/20/2013 9:33:26 AM     (No. 9234626)

Politics ain´t beanbags. Dr. C is enjoying his 15 minutes.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: MDMuskrat, 3/20/2013 9:36:24 AM     (No. 9234632)

Having decided that Dr. Carson is the person who will bring this divided country together, I eagerly seek information about him. This useful article from Ms. Evans goes in the file.

Be reminded that Dr. Carson is a brilliant, INDEPENDENT thinker. He can never be all things to all people...and hope to unite us.

Does he have valid concerns about the medical insurance companies? Yes. Do you have valid concerns about auto insurance companies. You bet your bippy you do!

Because he sees a government role in certain things does not make him a socialist. In fact, he summarized why this country elected/re-elected a socialist -- ignorant (uninformed) voters. And he proposed a simple fix: educate them. [This coming from a guy who once was known (and accepted the title) as the "class Dummy." He´s come a long way baby!]

And please! For God´s sake, Ben´s and our own, do not channel him for the presidency. Haven´t you had enough of what the pursuit of the presidency can do to a good man?!

When he retires, help him become the leader of a national, INDEPENDENT, truly BI-PARTISAN group focused on clearly defining, prioritizing, and solving our national problems.

After all, it´s not brain surgery.


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Reply 6 - Posted by: spahrkl, 3/20/2013 9:36:28 AM     (No. 9234633)

well, he has the heart to speak the unspeakable in front of the prince of darkness. (Is that racist?) He speaks for many of us on issues that seems never to be discussed. It´s good to have him before the American public and what he says should be said. Where he is going in the near future is uncertain. But he is to be admired.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: jimK1, 3/20/2013 9:49:05 AM     (No. 9234652)

His comment of no one in the inner city needs a semi-automatic firearm left me a little cold.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: oh-heck, 3/20/2013 10:11:25 AM     (No. 9234696)

I appreciate the posting of the article. If Carson is serious about entering the political fray, he needs to create a policy platform.

Hopefully, that will contain things such as health savings accounts whether money to those accounts is private or public. Hopefully, the individual will choose the level of coverage from preventative-plus-catastrophic to full-service. Also hopefully, the choice will include a fixed rate care for the year such as Medicare Advantage. The only I know for sure is that a government board of any kind must never be present in the platform.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: M2, 3/20/2013 10:14:45 AM     (No. 9234701)

I didn´t think eating our own would begin this early.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: southernboy, 3/20/2013 10:25:39 AM     (No. 9234719)

#9 “...I didn´t think eating our own would begin this early…”

Oh, yes! I takes only one day. The liberals don’t even have to say a word. ‘We’ analyze and pick apart our own people far better than the libs. do.

“For the Greater Good” takes a back seat to ‘my candidate has to echo every belief of mine to the exclusion of every belief different than mine before I’ll even consider than I MIGHT possibly give him/her my support. Even then I’m not sure! I might have missed something!´

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Reply 11 - Posted by: yuban, 3/20/2013 10:29:18 AM     (No. 9234726)

The GOP civil war continues.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: ScarletPimpernel, 3/20/2013 11:11:22 AM     (No. 9234808)

Dittos to the comments in #1 and #8.

And.....we´re not "eating our own." We´re vetting......

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Reply 13 - Posted by: msjena, 3/20/2013 12:26:02 PM     (No. 9235005)

I don´t agree that insurance companies should be non-profit, but there is little doubt that the presence of third party payors distorts markets. How do we get a more market-based healthcare system? That is the question people should be asking.

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