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Famous Doctor's Take on Obamacare
Dr. Benjamin Carson, a famous pediatric surgeon gave a speech at Thursday’s National Prayer Conference, attended by the President that called into question the current policies of this administration. The link for the video is below:
As I listened to what he had to say, I have to say, I was impressed. His idea of beginning medical savings accounts to children when they are first born is a great idea. I realize it does not fix every problem with health care, there are babies that are already in the hole a million dollars in their first few months of life, but it does allow people to see how and where and how many health care dollars are spent on their behalf. The part I liked best was the removal of the bureaucracy. But listen for yourself and draw your own conclusions.
Just to give you some background on the doctor, he is currently the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, attaining this lead position at the age of 33. His career focus has been on traumatic brain injury and spinal cord tumors. His know for completing a significant surgery where he separated conjoined twins.
Dr. Carson has been honored with the Presidential Medal of Honor.
Dr. Carson, unlike many physicians did not come from a family of doctors, but from a single parent home. He attributes his success to the values instilled in him by his mother, Sonya. While Sonya, only had a 3rd grade education, she envisioned a better life for her two children and did what it took to allow her children to succeed in life. She placed high expectations on her children and it paid off.
Dr. Carson has not just taken his success and enjoyed the fruits of his labors, instead he has used his experiences to inspire other young scholars to achieve. With his wife Candy, Carson founded the Carson Scholars Fund in 1994, an organization devoted to helping solve America’s educational crisis. The Carson Scholarships are awarded to students in grades 4-11 who exemplify academic excellence and humanitarian qualities. Winners receive a $1000 scholarship to be invested toward their college education, along with a recognition package and an invitation to attend an award banquet. Carson Scholars become role models and leaders at their schools.
To learn more about Dr. Carson, a made for TV movie was done about his life “Gifted Hands, the Ben Carson Story”.