Ben Carson: Move Health Care Into the Free Market

Retired pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson told Newsmax TV on Monday that individuals empowering themselves to make informed choices about their health care — and not surrendering that authority to the federal government — is how modern medicine will deliver the best outcomes at affordable rates.

In the first installment of an exclusive two-part interview with “MidPoint” host Ed Berliner, author and rumored 2016 presidential candidate Carson called our health “the most important thing we have” and said Obamacare is not the way to ensure it — “not by any stretch of the imagination,” he said.

Touching on a theme of his latest book, “One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future,” Carson said health savings accounts, known as HSAs, are one key to helping people get “control of their own health” and doing so “for a lot less money.”

“They decide where the dollars go, how they’re spent, who they want to see,” said Carson. “What that will do is bring the whole healthcare system into the free market. That’s what controls cost. That’s what controls quality. You’ll never get that kind of quality and control from a bureaucratic system.”

Carson returned to one of his more visceral remarks about Obamacare — not the comparison of the Affordable to 9/11, which he has retracted, but an analogy to slavery that he said is borne out by reading history.