Guest column: Jack Tymann ... Ben Carson — an unconventional candidate for unconventional times

Guest column: Jack Tymann ... Ben Carson — an unconventional candidate for unconventional times

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By Jack Tymann

Pelican Bay

Those who missed “Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle” on Jan. 26 should access it online (naplesnews.com/newsmakers) for an introduction to an amazing man who just might become our next president.

Dr. Ben Carson could become a unifying force — exactly what America needs at this time.

Our nation is dangerously divided. A nation divided cannot stand. Looking at the others being discussed as possibilities in 2016, there is not a single Democrat or Republican who can bridge that divide like Carson can. In fact each of the other potential successors to President Obama would simply mean four more years of the Washington and media dysfunction that prevents constructive discussion about the unprecedented challenges of our times.

Lytle’s interview with Dr. Carson was different from others broadcast recently. Thoughtful questions were asked of a thoughtful man. Both Lytle and Carson were completely at ease. Neither showed any agenda other than to discuss solutions for America’s problems. Because of this Carson was even more relaxed than usual — and more animated — as the discussion went to the core of the some of his beliefs — particularly on health care in America.

Lytle asked about a subject too infrequently addressed — the critical question about doctors and the financial decisions they must make about their futures. This is the elephant in the room. Yet 100 percent of the conversation is partisan rhetoric focused on the insurers, the patients, and political bickering.

Dr. Carson, as he usually does, went immediately to the crux of the issue — the remuneration that doctors must receive to make it worthwhile to practice medicine. He added calmly and credibly that all doctors care about the lives and well-being of their patients, including those unable to pay. Carson dismissed as “silly” the debate about doctors assisting suicide. He correctly identified the root cause of the current chaos surrounding the Affordable Care Act as single-party legislation that led to partisan politics rather than serious discourse on best ways forward.

He stated emphatically that the ACA must see major reform to prevent the negative health care consequences broached during Lytle’s interview. Carson stated that he has a stack of dozens of better ideas that are not seeing the light of day.

It would be wonderful if Dr. Carson was named to chair a “nonpartisan” Gold Medal Commission on health care. This might temporarily silence all of the harmful partisan vitriol and finger-pointing. They would call into hearings doctors, nurses, hospital administrators, insurance providers, prescription drug providers, and patients — and then listen to them — as a first step toward setting broad objectives for a better plan which would preserve the positives in the ACA, while eliminating mandates and federal government control over health care and insurance requirements.

They would be tasked to develop an alternative that could replace/transform the ACA with constitutionally viable, affordable, technology innovative, and patient-centric solutions, including tort reform, insurance portability, and health care savings accounts — ideas that could return health care decisions to individuals, families, and health care providers. The overall goal would be to ensure availability of quality health care (not necessarily insurance) for all — including financial assistance where needed. The commission would have an additional goal of bending down the escalating national health care cost curve.

By this summer they would present to Congress and the American people next steps toward correcting today’s escalating health care problems and ending the current crisis that has arisen as an unintended consequence of the ACA. Their recommendations vs the ACA could then debated during the 2014 congressional races.

There is no better more qualified person to lead this much-needed conversation than Ben Carson.

Beyond health care, Dr. Carson speaks more common sense on all other issues than any public figure of our time.

He would make an excellent president, one with the intelligence, goodness, and personality needed to bring Americans together behind a set of common goals. For the many who have never even heard of him, they can watch the 2009 film: “Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story” — the movie based on his emergence from the “hood” in Detroit to become the world’s most renowned neurosurgeon — a truly amazing story.

Challenging times call for out-of-the-box solutions. The possibility that he will eventually become the GOP’s candidate in 2016 is remote. Some would argue totally impossible. The counter-argument? His time has come — and he will emerge as other great leaders have done in times of national crisis.

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