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A Wonderful Thing Happened Last Week

Posted Feb 10 2013 6:50pm
Stanley Feld M.D.,FACP,MACE

Dr. Benjamin Carson gave the keynote address at the National Prayer Breakfas t. Dr. Carson is the director of pediatric neurosurgery at  John Hopkins University in Baltimore.

He is the son of an single mother. He grew up living in poverty. He hated poverty. Among the things his mother taught him were that excuses were not acceptable. Once that declaration is accepted one can start figuring out solutions.

The You Tube of his speech is entertaining, riveting and inspirational. Only 18,000 people have watched the You Tube so far. I believe this speech should be watch by every American for its inspirational message.

If the media is the message people watching this You Tube should play close attention to President Obama’s body language during the delivery of Dr. Carson speech..

One commenter noted;

Worth watching this 26 minute video. Interesting to watch the president grimace as he gives a complete opposite solution to every problem the country faces. One smart pediatric brain surgeon.”

Every topic Dr. Carson covered pointed out the potential greatness of Americans. He makes a strong case for the solutions to the many problems America faces.

Embedded in each solution to each problem is individual responsibility and not government dependence.


He makes the case for self-respect and self-reliance.  He makes a plea for the  respect for others’ opinions whatever their political or religious leaning.


 Dr. Carson’s solution to the healthcare system can be found at the 20-minute point in the You Tube.

He covers the solutions to the problems education, the tax code and several other problems we face. Some will say he is simplistic. I implore those who say he is simplistic  to think about the potential liberating power of his solutions as opposed to the potential freedom stifliling solutions of big government.

Government must be a facilitator not a dominator.

Dr. Carson reminds his audience that five (5) physicians signed the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. He says America needs physicians to speak out now and not worry about being politically correct (PC) in our PC world

Dr. Carson says,

“Here's my solution to the healthcare systems problem: 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. When you die, you pass it on to your family members, so that when you're 85 years old and you got six diseases, you're not trying to spend up everything. You're happy to pass it on and there's nobody talking about death panels.

Number one. And also, for the people who were indigent who don't have any money we can make contributions to their HSA every month because we already have this huge pot of money. Instead of sending it to some huge bureaucracy, let's put it in their HSAs. Now they have some control over their own healthcare”.

Funny, isn’t it?

This is exactly what I have been saying the past six years as our healthcare system has been becoming more complex, more dysfunctional, more costly, more controlling and more bureaucratic.

This is the advice I gave President Obama in six letters as President-elect and in the early weeks of his presidency .

Obamacare is a ineffective patch on a dysfunctional healthcare system. It has generated thousands of new regulations that will be costly and difficult to comply with. The new regulations will be impossible to enforce even though there have been 18.000 new IRS agents hired to enforce them.

Dr. Benjamin Carson has injected common sense into the national discussion without trying to offend anyone.

The key is to get politicians to listen to him. If you agree, please send this on to people you know.

The opinions expressed in the blog “Repairing The Healthcare System” are, mine and mine alone.

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