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, Hawaii which initiated US participation in World War II. Navy's caption: The twisted remains of the destroyer USS SHAW burning in floating drydock at Pearl Harbor after the "sneak Japanese attack" on Dec. 7, 1941., 12/07/1941
National Journal
Alex Seitz Wald
Oct. 11, 2013, 11:31 a.m.

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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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