Ben Carson Warns: ‘Socialized Medicine Is Keystone to Establishment of a Socialist State'

By James Beattie and Michael W. Chapman | October 11, 2013 | 3:29pm EDT

Dr. Ben Carson, former director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University and Hospital. (AP)

( – Dr. Ben Carson, the former director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University and Hospital,  drew a parallel between Obamacare and “socialized medicine” and cited Communist leader Vladimir Lenin’s support for government-run health care as the “keystone to the establishment of a socialist state.”

Speaking at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. on Friday, Dr. Carson said that Obamacare “was never about healthcare. It was about control,” and making all Americans “subservient to the government.”

He then commented on why the Democrat-dominant Congress in 2010 moved swiftly to pass the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare.

“And why did they want to pass it so badly?” said Dr. Carson. “Well, as I said the other night on television, Vladimir Lenin, one of the fathers of socialism and communism, said that socialized medicine is the keystone to the establishment of a socialist state.”

“So this is – this is – you know, some people have said, oh, come on, you’re being paranoid. How could anybody bring up something like that? I would say, if you know anything about history, how could you not bring it up? And, you know, that’s the problem.”

On Wednesday, Oct. 9, Dr. Carson was interviewed on Fox’s “The Kelly File.” During that discussion, he was asked about the IRS auditing him after he gave a speech critical of government-run health care. Carson said, “Well, you know, it's not terribly surprising because if you read Rules for Radicals [by Saul Alinsky]  it talks about the need to ridicule. It also talks about never having a real conversation with your adversary because that humanizes them and your job is the demonize them. Therefore, we see people saying about those who oppose Obamacare, for instance, that they want older people to die. They want kids to be deprived of food.”

“You know, all these things are just straight out of the text,” said Carson.  “What's interesting is, you know, Vladimir Lenin, one of the founders of socialism and communism. He said socialized medicine is the keystone of the arch to the socialist state. In other words, you've got to get the socialized medicine as the foundation because it gives you control of the people.”

“Once you have control of them you can do what you want,” said Carson.

When Lenin and the Bolsheviks took over Russia in 1917-18, health care became a government-run operation. Today, despite the collapse of communism in Russia in 1991, the life expectancy for Russian males is 63 years and females, 75 years, according to the World Health Organization. In the United States, average life expectancy for males is 76 years, and females, 81 years.

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