(SOURCE) Controversial physician-turned political commentator Ben Carson has claimed that Obamacare is the worst thing to happen to America ‘since slavery’.
The incoming Fox News contributor made the statement during a fiery speech at the annual Values Voter Summit in Washington on Friday.
Carson also added fuel to the speculative fire that he intends to run for presidency in 2016.
‘You know Obamacare is really, I think, the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery,’ he said.
‘And it is in a way, it is slavery in a way, because it is making all of us subservient to the government, and it was never about health care – It was about control.’
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Carson went on to clarify that he believed Obamacare – which lead the government shutdown at the start of the month, was ‘evil’ – like slavery.
‘Slavery was a clear evil which had a very negative impact on everything in our society, and ObamaCare is a clear evil that is also going to have a very negative impact on everything in our society — in addition to the fact that it subjugates the population to the government,’ he said.
On running for president, Carson – who was the director of pediatric surgery at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center for 39 years – was cryptic but suggestive.
‘[Running for president] is not something I have any desire to do whatsoever,’ he said.
‘But I certainly listen. If the circumstances were to evolve in such a way that that seemed to be what God was calling me to do, I would certainly do it. And I would never turn my back on my fellow citizens, if there was a hue and cry for such.’
Carson has become known for his acerbic statements following his speech at this year’s National Prayer Breakfast, during which he criticized a number of President Obama’s policies as the president sat nearby.
But he is arguably best known for a speech where he called white liberals ‘racist’.
‘[White liberals are] the most racist people there are,’ he said in April.
‘You know, they put you in a little category, a little box — you have to think this way. How could you dare come off the plantation?’
Earlier this year, he withdrew as graduation speaker at Johns Hopkins University on the demands of some students, who were concerned about his controversial remarks on gay marriage.
Carson had mentioned bestiality and pedophilia while arguing against gay marriage in an interview.