Ezekiel Emanuel, Architect of Obamacare, Defends Big Government Healthcare
Regarding Obamacare, have you ever asked yourself: “Who’s the @#%@$ idiot who designed this damned thing?”
Well, one name now stands out as Obamacare’s “architect”. He is Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel (brother of Rahm Emanuel, Barack Obama’s first chief of staff).
In the Nov 3, 2013, Fox News Sunday video below, and in a prior interview, Emanuel manages to sound like a parody of himself and every other self-righteous Leftist, exuding paternalism, condescension, and unearned moral superiority.
Pay special attention to the discussion starting at 5:38 on the timeline. This is the liberals’ favorite argument for forcing Americans to buy more insurance coverage than they want or need. Namely, says Emanuel, “We all share in the costs so that everyone can get [healthcare insurance]”. This is a pure expression of the collectivist mindset that is so deeply ingrained among the Left. If anything, they consider that mindset a virtue.
Just a moment later, at 7:57 on the timeline, Emanuel makes the Orwellian assertion that the whole point of Obamacare is to force people to assume individual responsibility for their healthcare. Wow. You just can’t make this stuff up.
In the past, individual responsibility meant that that people looked after themselves, relying on family or charities to help in emergencies. The Left evidently sees family and charities as competition for Big Government’s self-proclaimed beneficence. After all, if those traditional institutions actually work, how can Big Government pump up their bloated bureaucracies, extract a big piece of the action, and extend their oppressive control over all of our lives?
It’s this lust for power that keeps the Left from ever considering far-saner proposals for healthcare reform such as those of the RSC, Heritage, or NCPA. Instead, over and over, the Left insists that there have been “no alternatives offered” to the debacle that is Obamacare. And of course Big Government Republicans just play right along, piously reminding us that Obamacare is “the law of the land.” Oy.