‘It Is Slavery’: FOX News Contributor on Affordable Care Act

On the job for just a matter of days, FOX News’ newest contributor takes conservative condemnation of the healthcare law to a new level.

Affordable health insurance for every American isn’t just as bad as slavery—it’s just like slavery. At least, that’s what FOX News’ newest contributor says.

“You know Obamacare is really I think the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery,” Ben Carson told a crowd at the 2013 Value Voters summit in Washington. “And … it is slavery in a way, because it is making all of us subservient to the government, and it was never about healthcare. It was about control.”

Carson, who is Black, then went on to compare the Affordable Care Act to the communist policies instilled by Vladimir Lenin.

Carson’s comments came within days of being hired by FOX News as a contributor, a contract he landed after gaining popularity among conservatives for slamming President Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast. By day, Carson is a pediatric neurosurgeon who served nearly three decades as the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at The John Hopkins Medical Institutions.

These are hardly Carson’s first controversial remarks. In the same speech, he said that Americans need to “re-educate the women” about abortion because “they get all riled up.” Under pressure from a student petition demanding his removal from the program, Carson withdrew as the commencement speaker at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in April following a March interview in which he compared same-gender marriage to pedophilia and bestiality. “No group—be  they gays, be they NAMBLA [North American Man/Boy Love Association], be they people who believe in bestiality, it doesn’t matter what they are—they don’t get to change the definition [of marriage],” he told Sean Hannity of FOX News.

In April, Carson also referred to white liberals as “the most racist people there are.”

Despite all of this (or perhaps because of all of this), he was right back on FOX News just a week later, continuing to rail against the healthcare law.

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23 comments


  • I guess because he is black, he thinks he can say anything he wants about a black president. Truth does not matter, just sound bites…

  • Delorme McKee-Stovall

    Dr. Carson’s opinion are as worthless as the mysoginist, supremacist minions he has deluded himself into joining and being exploited by. This brother needs a healing from a powereful prayer circle.

  • Greg Thrasher

    Uncle Ben verbiage was offensive and truly insulted all of us who understand the depravity of America’s domestic holocaust .

    Uncle Ben’s ease in inserting this statement into the politics of the ACA reveals how the arc of white racism still wounds and influences people in 2013.

    It is tragic Uncle Ben is a carrier for such twisted ideas and politics given at the end of the day as a doctor he should welcome the ACA and the healthcare it provides to those who are without it even now centuries easy from slavery.

  • What does Dr. Carson being “black” have to do with “the price of tea in China”? Dr. Carson has a solid track record demonstrating integrity, honesty, and kindness. Listen, learn, and try to understand what he is trying to communicate – don’t lash out by painting him in a bad light. Differing opinions should not invoke hate by DiversityInc writers.

    • Just because you have a good track record doesn’t give you immunity to make a fool of yourself by speaking nonesense. You can be a white republican, a black republican or a latino republican, they all live in a bulletproof bubble.

  • Dr. Ben Carson is a distinguish neurosurgeon who has dedicated his life to saving lives. He just happens to be an African American man who was raised by a single mother who also happens to be a Seventh Day Adventist by way of his spiritual beliefs and practice.

    All African Americans do not think alike, nor do they have to. Dr. Carson’s views are his own. He does not speak for me nor does he have to. All Caucasians do not all claim Honey Boo Boo or her family as speaking for them ALL.

    Although I am disheartened by his reference to the 300 years of free labor that African-Americans gave to build this country, I equate his AFCA to slavery comment as just an ignorant analogy from an other wise brilliant mind.

    It does not diminish what Dr. Carson has made of himself out of very humble beginnings, accomplished in his life and what he has given back to the African American community and America as a whole. He has a right to his own opinion. However, at this time he just does not speak for me.

  • It just goes to prove that medical school did not make Dr. Carson a very sophisticated political mind. Gosh, what a poor analogy with slavery…….

  • Feeling compelled to make outrageous and offensive comments in order to pander to partisan political extremists is a form of “slavery” too.

  • Comparing the Affordable Health Care Act to Slavery is so offensive until I can hardly believe such a comparison could be made, especially by such a brilliant medical professional, someone I have always admired for his perseverance, love of family, etc. The opportunity for people to have healthcare and the brutality, degradation and violence inflicted upon slaves could never come close to what was experienced by his and my ancestors. How Dr. Carson, who had a very hard time growing up could believe such a thing is very painful to hear. Obviously his fame, and the applause and what he thinks is admiration from FOX News, and the folk that he speaks with and for has gone to his head. How sad, and what a pathetic person he has evolved into. How shameful. Our ancestors must be turning over in their graves, to think after all they endured, and all those who came after them, so he would be able to become the success he is today, without strength, and the grace of God and the HELP he received from his community while he was coming up, who knows where he would be, quite possibly he would be one of those millions of people who do not have and who need health insurance. This notion that poor people do not want to work or help themselves is absurd, and comparing the opportunity available to those who need healthcare to slavery is a disgrace.

    • It’s called an analogy – “…it is like slavery in a way…” There are ELEMENTS of Obamacare that will enslave. Any law that is not read & understood, yet proposed and enacted, is inherently flawed and bound to fail those it is supposed to help.

  • I don’t think enslaved Americans had an option for a Health Care Program..I guess a human in a suit and tie; in front of a camera quickly becomes an expert. And he should not get a pass for his comment because he’s Black. Stupid comes in all colors..

  • It’s remarks like this from people elected to serve the people of the United States of America. that has pur our government in the state that it’s in currently. It seems that his remarks like those of others only incite trouble and doesn’t solve or move things forward. He would take us back into the 18th century. Shame on you…name calling, mud slinging only creates more problems. What is it that you can say that would be positive! You come from a position that should see the need for health care for all our citizens. No, it’s not a control issue, it’s a humanity issue. We who are blessed enough to afford health care or work somewhere where health care is a benefit, pay for those who don’t have insurance…duh! It’s a fact. In the long run, we pay for it!

  • parker johnson

    Respect Dr. Carson as a physician, but find his remarks uniformed and hyperbolic. Slavery is not a word to be used as a sound bite or for emphasis. One would not trivialize the Jewish Holocaust or genocide of Indigenous people, so do nor trivialize slavery with such comparisons.

    • parker johnson

      I read further and find that his intolerance and bigotry (homophobia, misogyny, and hatefulness) is dangerous to us us all. I am sorry to see Dr. Carson get airtime as a spokesperson for the far right.

  • Oh pleez…just go watch any movie about slavery (or look at any picture of a lynching) and tell me that what those people endured is anything like anything Americans have to live with today. What a load of….!!!! How insulting to even try to make an analogy of centuries of slavery to advance your personal agenda. There’s a trend of conservatives trying to make themselves out to be victims – victims of (reverse) discrimination and slavery.

  • So we are slaves if we have to purchase health insurance?

    Are we then also slaves if we have to pay for the healthcare of the uninsured through our taxes as we do prior to Obamacare?

    I didn’t realize slavery was so benign.

  • So this man is the great Presidential hope of the Tea Party?

    Are their standards so low?

    He should have stayed a physician where he actually added value to society.

  • for those who already have healthcare insurance, affordable care act, may not affect them, however for those who cant afford healthcare, and are being forced to buy it anyway, in some way it can be seen as slavery because, these people will work for healthcare, and may not be able to afford the essentials in life such as food, shelter and clothing, so basically working to pay the government for healthcare, or else… whose to say what type of punishment an accumulation of unpaid fines could lead to. mandatory health care in a free society just doesn’t make sense.

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