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21 Things Less Bad Than Obamacare, According to Ben Carson

The conservative rock star says Obamacare is the worst thing since slavery; here are a few historical events that were apparently better than the Affordable Care Act.

Naval photograph documenting the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.(National Archives Flickr Account)

photo of Alex Seitz-Wald
October 11, 2013

Speaking at the Values Voters Summit in Washington on Friday, conservative commentator Ben Carson declared that "Obamacare is, really I think, the worst thing that's happened in this nation since slavery."

Carson, a retired prominent neurosurgeon, rocketed onto the conservative scene in February when he lambasted President Obama--who was sitting just a few feet away--at a prayer breakfast. Since then, he's inked a columnist deal with The Washington Times and earned buzz as a long-shot presidential candidate.

 

Carson has never shied away from rhetorical bomb-throwing, and Friday was no different when he made his slavery remark. Carson, who is African-American, explained that Obamacare "was never about health care; it was about control" and making Americans "subservient." Given that logic, here a few things that have happened since the abolition of slavery that are apparently, according to Carson, less bad than Obamacare:

  • 9/11
  • AIDS
  • Hurricane Katrina (and all other hurricanes since 1865)
  • The Great Depression
  • The Dust Bowl
  • Pearl Harbor
  • The assassinations of JFK, RFK, and MLK
  • The assassination of Abraham Lincoln
  • The attempted assassinations of Ronald Reagan and Theodore Roosevelt
  • The sinking of the Titanic
  • Every tornado since 1865
  • World War I
  • World War II 
  • Black Hawk Down
  • Jim Crow
  • Japanese internment
  • The Challenger space-shuttle disaster
  • Watergate
  • The Vietnam War
  • The Crack Wars
  • Nickelback

For more, we'll let Billy Joel take it away.

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