March 16, 2014
If neurosurgeon Ben Carson practiced medicine the way he practices politics, the "M.D. " after his name would stand for "Malpractice Defendant. " Every physician takes the Hippocratic Oath to "do no harm. " To oppose universal health care for Americans - as embodied in the Affordable Care Act - is on its face a violation of that oath. It constitutes, in short, "values malpractice" - a charge that applies not only to him but also to Congressional ACA opponents such as Dr. Rand Paul and Dr. Andy Harris.
March 8, 2014
With signs in the hall saying “Carson 2016” and “Run Ben, Run,” Dr. Ben Carson doubled down on some of his most controversial statements in a speech Saturday at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland. And he fired up the partisan audience with talk of "the media," "the left" and "PC police" trying to "shut" him up. Going on the attack early over what he labeled "political correctness" attacks on him, Carson drew cheers from the crowd when he said, “I hate PC, and I will continue to defy the PC police who have tried in many cases to shut me up.” Referring to a statement he made comparing same sex marriage to bestiality, Carson said, “I still believe marriage is between a man and woman.” The statement to which he referred Saturday was made in March on Fox News where Carson is now employed.
November 15, 2013
Retired Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson will speak to members of the American Medical Association on Saturday as he is honored for advocacy of "freedom-based" health reform. The group Doctors for Patient Freedom will present him with the Ed Annis Medical Freedom Award at the AMA's interim meeting at the Gaylord National Resort in National Harbor. The award recognizes comments Carson made at the National Prayer Breakfast in February suggesting that Americans establish and contribute to individual health savings accounts that can be passed along to future generations.
October 24, 2013
Given the despair I felt at reading the recent letters to the editor from Michael W. Kohlman ( "If Drs. Ben Carson and Andy Harris oppose Obamacare, how great can it be? and Benedict Frederick Jr. ("Obamacare-slavery comparison isn't so ridiculous," Oct. 18) defending Dr. Ben Carson's astoundingly inappropriate comparison of the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) to slavery, I feel a need to respond. In an attempt to bolster contrived and ridiculous rationales for attacking the Affordable Care Act, the writers take cover not only behind Dr. Carson's shamefully self-serving statement, but also Webster's dictionary and other unnamed definitions of slavery.
October 23, 2013
Hopkins neurosurgeon Ben Carson's equating of the Affordable Care Act with slavery shows that expertise in one area does not necessarily carry over to other fields ("Sorry, Dr. Carson, but Obamacare is not like slavery," Oct. 15). Jonathan Jacobson, Towson
October 20, 2013
This is in regard to a column and an op-ed that you published Thursday. When I saw the headline titled, "Political system influenced by sociopaths” (Oct. 17) then saw Dan Rodricks' name and busted out laughing thinking he had an epiphany! I was shocked to see a virtual conversation involving Wayne Gilchrest waxing about the good old days of moderation while Rep. Andy Harris is presented more as an ideologue and far to the right. Having met and known about him, he does share his beliefs, holds himself accountable to the public, and really states his cases well.