Ben Carson: Obama Wrong to Imply ACA Foes Don't Care

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Thursday, 31 Oct 2013 12:15 PM

By Greg Richter

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President Barack Obama was wrong to demonize his political opponents in a Boston healthcare speech Wednesday, says Dr. Ben Carson, a noted opponent of Obamacare.

Obama said in the speech that if Republican governors who have refused to set up state exchanges and increase Medicaid were working as hard as their Democratic peers "to make this law work for their citizens, as opposed to thinking politically, about eight in 10 Americans would be getting health insurance for less than 100 bucks a month."

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Though Obama thinks big government should solve people's problems, many Americans believe in individualism and responsibility, Carson said immediately after the speech on Fox News Channel's "Your World with Neil Cavuto."

"That doesn't mean that those people don't care about anybody else," Carson said.

Obama is an excellent campaigner who can create a rosy picture while ignoring the programs' problems, Carson said.

Earlier in the day, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius faced a grilling by House Republicans during congressional testimony.

"Our founding fathers would be horrified" to see the government telling individual citizens they are required to spend their money a certain way, such as to buy health insurance, Carson told Cavuto. "This is certainly not what was intended in a free state."

The president spoke in the state where his 2012 presidential rival Mitt Romney enacted statewide universal healthcare in 2006. Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., challenged Obama's statements comparing Obamacare to what many have dubbed Romneycare, calling them "half-truths" and "misleading."

"My blood was boiling," Brown said.

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