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Second opinion

"Second opinion" Continued...

Issue: "Who will vote?," April 21, 2012

Did the White House ask you for advice concerning its healthcare plan? Two phone calls. In the first, I was having a decent conversation with the gentleman about some ideals I have. He was pretty enthusiastic. Then he said, "What did you do for the president during the campaign?" I said, "I'm an Independent." Clunk. End of that conversation.

There was another call. Two months later. I said, "I'm in the middle of teaching a class right now. Can we talk in about 40 minutes?" The individual was incensed. I mean, how could you possibly be doing something more important than talking to the White House? That was the end of that conversation.

But you had some contact. I did talk to senior administration officials about good things in Obamacare, like lifetime limits and coverage of pre-existing diseases. I said, "These are things everybody can agree with, that perhaps should be placed on the table for a vote-but don't just try to jam this gigantic thing through because it will alienate people." They wouldn't listen, and we find ourselves in exactly that situation.

How has socialized medicine in countries like Canada and Great Britain worked? Great Britain and some other places with socialized medicine are looking at privatization because they're running out of money. The problem with socialized medicine is that you can't seem to keep up with costs over the course of time, so you have to ration. That's why in a lot of places with socialized medicine, if you're 60 years old, you may not get a kidney transplant, you may not have a hip replacement: Sorry, you're just too old.

Would you have an age limit? We have 80- and 90-year-olds who are vibrant and contributing to society. You don't make those decisions based on age; you have to make those decisions based on condition, and socialism in general has a problem of not distinguishing things. Everything has to be this. Everything has to be that. When you do that, individuality disappears-but that's what America is all about.

For more excerpts from this interview see "Most likely to succeed," Aug. 25, WORLD Magazine, and "No useless knowledge," July 25, and "Rock solid," Aug. 14.

Watch Marvin Olasky's complete interview with Ben Carson:

Marvin Olasky
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Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.


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