Ben Carson has learned well how to appeal to the right wing base — mention God a lot. And lie a lot. His response to the scandal over secret waiting lists is to claim that it’s a “gift from God” because it shows the problems with Obamacare, which is nothing like the VA.
Using the problems at the VA, involving backlogged waiting lists full of veterans seeking medical care, Carson attempted to link the scandal to the Affordable Care Act which he opposes.
“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,” Carson explained. “And if we can’t get it right, with the relatively small number of veterans, how in the world are you going to do it with the entire population?”
Do we really need to explain the difference between the VA, which is a government single-payer system, and the Affordable Care Act at this point? Of course not. Carson knows the difference. He’s too smart not to know that he’s lying. But on top of that, think about what he’s saying about God. He’s saying that God made this happen, made veterans suffer, to provide him the opportunity to tell that lie.
And by the way, wouldn’t that resolve Obama and every other government official of any responsibility for the scandal? If God did it, they could not do anything to thwart it. Thinking through the implications of one’s beliefs is kind of important.