When asked about his post-retirement plans. “I’m very dedicated to education of the next generation,” Carson told the audience at the conference, held in Prince George’s County. “Once we get that taken care of, who knows?” Carson advocated for a flat income tax and called for an end to the “war on God.” He also spoke passionately about the need to improve the American education system, the thing he attributed to leading him from an impoverished inner-city childhood in Detroit to a storied medical and writing career. “Education worked for me,” Carson said. After studying at Yale and the University of Michigan, Carson became the youngest person to lead a major division at Hopkins Hospital.
A better-educated populace means fewer people on welfare and more taxpayers, he argued.
The main points of Carson’s CPAC speech echoed the comments he made at the prayer breakfast. Health savings accounts would suffice for most doctor-patient encounters, he said, and ensuring everyone pays an equal share of income in taxes is akin to biblical tithing. He railed against the government’s lack of forethought to deal with the national debt. “We’re not planning for the future,” Carson said. “If we continue to spend ourselves into oblivion, we are going to destroy this nation.” He also said the government is treating corporations “as enemies” and that corporate taxes should be lowered to encourage growth. “Corporations are not in business to be social-welfare organizations; they are there to make money,” Charities, he added, are better at providing for the needy than the government. “Nobody is starving on the streets. We’ve always taken care of them,” Carson said. “We take care of our own; we always have. It is not the government’s responsibility.”
It becomes politically more difficult to raise taxes when everyone is paying a share.
Carson has no problems with losing Obamacare in the quest to find a more affordable, efficient, and patient-friendly healthcare system for the nation.
“Healthcare is one-sixth of our economy. If the government can control that, they can control anything.
“We were asleep at the wheel to let it happen,” he said, referring to Obamacare, “but we still have to find a way to make it work.”
Carson discussed the importance of health savings accounts in controlling spiraling medical costs.
“Eighty percent of the encounters between a patient and a healthcare provider could easily be handled by a health savings account, without the need to insinuate a third party or a bureaucracy that sucks out at least a third of the money,” he said. “There are ways we can do this: We can use bridge insurance and catastrophic insurance.”
Carson said if someone wanted to ruin the United States, they “would create division among the people, encourage a culture of ridicule for basic morality and the principles that made and sustained the country, undermine the financial stability of the nation, and weaken and destroy the military.
Source—cpac, Baltimore sun, Jessica Anderson, todd beamon, sandy fitzerald