Retired pediatric neurosurgeon and former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said he was willing to help President-elect Donald Trump build a replacement for President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, but he would rather do it from outside the White House.
However, if necessary, he would consider a place in Trump’s administration, he said in an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity.
During a discussion about the rising insurance premiums, Hannity asked the former presidential candidate if he would take a position as Health and Human Services secretary or surgeon general.
“We’re discussing these things,” he said.
“I personally feel that you can do a lot from outside,” he added. “But if that were the only way that it could be done, you know, obviously I’m going to do what needs to be done to assist this administration.”
Carson, who has criticized the president’s failed health insurance plan, said that while repairing what is broken is a daunting task, it could be done based on working models, adding that it wouldn’t be impossible because, in the end, decisions would be logical.
The Detroit native gained popularity in 2013 at the National Prayer Breakfast when he criticized Obamacare. A proponent for patient-doctor relationships, Carson could see even then how Obama’s health care plans shifted decision-making away from patients and their doctors, which would ultimately leave insurance companies with too much control in patient health.
He also understood how spiraling costs would lead to fewer choices, which would eventually lead to less quality care. It’s frightening to think of how Obamacare is breaking insurance companies as well as Americans.
Whether Carson’s assistance comes from inside or outside Trump’s administration, it’s good to see that he is ready and willing help put America’s health care system back on track.
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