What kind of bullshit is comparing Obamacare to slavery?

A couple years ago, Ben Carson made the mind-boggling statement that Obamacare is “the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery.” Gobsmackingly, this statement has not come back to haunt him. Rather, as Jamelle Bouie writes in Slate, “What do Iowa Republicans think? Eighty-one percent say this makes him a ‘mostly’ or ‘very’ attractive candidate.” That makes 81% of me scared as hell of Iowa Republicans.

But what kind of bullshit is this? Glad you asked.

First, let’s closely look at the comparison. Obamacare is a program that led to over 16 million people getting health insurance, including me. Slavery was an institution in which people owned people, causing incomprehensible death, degradation, and damage. So it’s not exactly apples and oranges. It’s more like apples and Nazi Germany.

I’d say the best bullshit word for this is batshit. Batshit is a very common slang word for craziness these days, but it originally meant bullshit. Back in the 1950s, a bunch of batshit was simply a load of horse apples, malarkey, bunk, etc. The insane meaning gradually evolved, and these days batshit is almost exclusively used for cases and characters that are cuckoo-bananas.

But for Carson, we need to embrace batshit‘s past and present. Carson’s comparison is batshit in every way conceivable. He couldn’t be more batshit if he pooped a bat.


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