YPSILANTI (WWJ/AP) – From repealing Obamacare to doing more in the fight against ISIS overseas – Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson made a campaign stop in Michigan on Wednesday.

During his “We the People Town Hall” at Eastern Michigan University’s Convocation Center, the Detroit native outlined his plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act and discuss his vision for a health care plan.

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“That’s what’s gotten us into this situation and it’s time for us to grow up and us our collective abilities, thought processes to not fight each other but to unite each other and to build America once again – to the place where it can lead the world. I think that is so important,” said Carson.

Ben Carson spoke to an audience at Eastern Michigan University. (WWJ/Jon Hewett)

Ben Carson spoke to an audience at Eastern Michigan University. (WWJ/Jon Hewett)

The key to Carson’s approach appears to be tax-sheltered “Health Empowerment Accounts” to be opened for every citizen at birth.

He’s looking to use tax-sheltered personal accounts to promote patient choice and foster competition among private insurers. He’d also raise the Medicare eligibility age, overhaul Medicaid and repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law.

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Carson would also restructure Medicare, providing beneficiaries with a fixed payment for a private insurance plan of their choice. And he’d gradually raise the Medicare eligibility age to 70 from 65.

Democrats deride that as a “voucher” system that would shift costs to retirees.

Carson spoke to supporters on campus saying political divisiveness is destroying America and that the US needs to fight ISIS and other extremist groups overseas to make Americans safer at home.

 

 

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