Ben Carson: This VA Scandal is a ‘Gift From God’

It’s hard to not be a fan of Dr. Ben Carson. His personal story is remarkable, and his common-sense, unapologetic brand of conservatism is refreshing. Given his successful initial forays into the political realm, it’s no surprise that some conservatives admirers have undertaken a “draft Carson” 2016 movement — which even had a significant presence at this year’s CPAC. Carson is a measured, accomplished gentleman, so the tone-deafness of these remarks comes as a disappointing surprise:

“I think what’s happening with the veterans is a gift from God to show us what happens when you take layers and layers of bureaucracy and place them between the patients and the health care provider,” said conservative pundit and former neurosurgeon Ben Carson Saturday on Fox News. “And if we can’t get it right, with the relatively small number of veterans, how in the world with are you going to do it with the entire population?” Radio host Rush Limbaugh built a similar case this week, saying the problems with the VA, which include reports of misconduct and crushing wait times that have been linked to dozens of deaths, provide only a glimpse of the broader havoc Obamacare will wreak.

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