Dr. Ben Carson, a popular conservative activist turned Fox News contributor who has been floated as a possible 2016 presidential candidate, compared the Affordable Care Act to slavery during a speech at Values Voters conference on Friday.
Ben Carson: "Obamacare is really the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery. It is slavery, in a way." #VVS13
— Molly Ball (@mollyesque) October 11, 2013
Interestingly, Carson isn’t the only conservative to make the link. Last July, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) likened the Supreme Court’s decision upholding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act to others protecting slavery and Jim Crow. Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA), who is now a Senate candidate in the state, also predicted in 2010 that “If ObamaCare passes, that free insurance card that’s in people’s pockets is gonna be as worthless as a Confederate dollar after the War Between The States — the Great War of Yankee Aggression.”
Earlier this year, Carson made headlines for comparing marriage equality to bestiality and pedophilia.