When he was questioned by Chris Wallace on Fox News about his plan to eliminate Medicare and Medicaid, Carson denies it, surprising Wallace. Carson now says that that report is completely false and that it “is a narrative being out there to scare people”. But when Wallace points out that it was on his website, Carson says that that was his old plan and it has now changed. Now he has some scheme where people supposedly have a choice between Medicare or private health savings accounts and says it won’t cost any more money.
Under further questioning by a clearly confused Wallace as to how his new plan would work, Carson then waffles all over the place. When Carson points to the high cost of health care in the US, he does not point out that it is because we have a largely private system compared to those other countries. So the idea that his plan would reduce costs by privatizing even more is absurd. His general confusion in discussing matters of actual policy, like his disastrous answers on the debt ceiling, is becoming ever more apparent as he is subjected to in-depth questioning.
Watch the interview.
I wonder what those people on the right who cheered his initial plan to abolish Medicare will think about his switch.