I’ve decided to take down the two posts I had up and make this Dr. Benjamin Carson Day at Dispatches. Here’s the first of four posts — Rush Limbaugh comments on the speech given by Dr. Carson at the this past week’s prayer breakfast:
Okay, my friends, I want to spend some time here, just a few minutes, on Dr. Benjamin Carson. You don’t hear people speak this way. The Republicans don’t speak this way to Obama. They don’t speak this way about Obama’s policies. Here you have the guy who’s head of neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital at the National Prayer Breakfast. He says, “People say… ‘Well, that’s not fair because it doesn’t hurt the guy who made $10 billion as much as the guy who made ten.’ Where does it say you have to hurt the guy? He just put a billion dollars in the pot!” The guy’s paying the freight. What’s he done?
His solution to health care: “When a person is born, give him a birth certificate, an electronic medical record, and a health savings account to which money can be contributed — pretax — from the time you’re born ’til the time you die.” We’re already spending this money and more anyway. He’s simply talking about reallocating resources. Put it in the hands of the people who are going to spend it. Put them in charge of their own health care. They build it up while they’re young, while they’re children. A nest egg gets built in their health savings accounts. It’s pretax. It’s put in this account from the time you’re born ’til the time you die.