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Ezekiel Emanuel, Architect of Obamacare, Defends Big Government Healthcare

Posted: November 4, 2013 at 12:05 pm   /   by

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.

David Leeper

David Leeper

David Leeper is a retired engineer living in Scottsdale, AZ, with his wife of 45 years. He is currently a volunteer science teacher at In his 40-year career he held positions from lab technician to technical vice president at Bell Labs, Motorola, and Intel. He holds 16 patents in telecom technology and a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. During his career, he wrote mainly for technical journals including Scientific American. He began writing for in 2011.
David Leeper


  1. rofomoreno says:

    By comparison to his attempted domineering boorish appearance on Megan Kelly last week, on Fox News Sunday Dr. Emanuel certainly did a lot of stammering, humming & hawing, stuttering, listening and realizing himself sounding like the Scribes, Pharisees and Sadducees of King Herod’s day.
    After a few minutes into his protest, it seemed he himself did not believe what was coming out of his mouth.Quite a different demeanor than last week.

    1. rofomoreno Maybe his conscience is starting to give him pause.

      1. dleeper47 says:

        WesternFreePress rofomoreno Conscience? That’ll be the day!

        1. dleeper47 rofomoreno You never know. Even the Devil fears God. Everyone has a conscience. Everyone is capable of repentance.

Ezekiel Emanuel, Architect of Obamacare, Defends Big Government Healthcare