Chris Wallace invited the infamous Obamacare architect Ezekiel “Death Panels” Emanuel and health insurance expert James Capretta on Fox News Sunday to debate ObamaCare. In the past couple of weeks, Dr. Emanuel has come out of his cave to defend and promote the Frankenstein monster he had a hand in creating. For many people, including me, this has been the first time Dr. Emanuel has been seen on tape, and I think I know why he hasn’t been trotted out much before. He’s just not a very likable fellow. He’s a snotty elitist who wants you to think he has your best interests at heart. But really – he’s a collectivist whose objective is to engineer what he thinks is best for the collective – with no interest in individual rights. Dr. Ezekial Emanuel should be the face of ObamaCare. He, more than Sebelius, Reid, Pelosi, and Obama represents what this law is all about….and that should scare us all.
As Betsy McCaughey wrote in the WSJ, August of 2009:
As a bioethicist, he has written extensively about who should get medical care, who should decide, and whose life is worth saving. Dr. Emanuel is part of a school of thought that redefines a physician’s duty, insisting that it includes working for the greater good of society instead of focusing only on a patient’s needs. Many physicians find that view dangerous, and most Americans are likely to agree.
The health bills being pushed through Congress put important decisions in the hands of presidential appointees like Dr. Emanuel. They will decide what insurance plans cover, how much leeway your doctor will have, and what seniors get under Medicare. Dr. Emanuel, brother of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, has already been appointed to two key positions: health-policy adviser at the Office of Management and Budget and a member of the Federal Council on Comparative Effectiveness Research. He clearly will play a role guiding the White House’s health initiative.
Dr. Emanuel says that health reform will not be pain free, and that the usual recommendations for cutting medical spending (often urged by the president) are mere window dressing. As he wrote in the Feb. 27, 2008, issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA): “Vague promises of savings from cutting waste, enhancing prevention and wellness, installing electronic medical records and improving quality of care are merely ‘lipstick’ cost control, more for show and public relations than for true change.”
True reform, he argues, must include redefining doctors’ ethical obligations. In the June 18, 2008, issue of JAMA, Dr. Emanuel blames the Hippocratic Oath for the “overuse” of medical care: “Medical school education and post graduate education emphasize thoroughness,” he writes. “This culture is further reinforced by a unique understanding of professional obligations, specifically the Hippocratic Oath’s admonition to ‘use my power to help the sick to the best of my ability and judgment’ as an imperative to do everything for the patient regardless of cost or effect on others.”
As for health insurance expert James Capretta – I’d never heard of him before, and he barely got a word in edgewise, because Emanuel (like most libs) likes to filibuster. But he won the debate hands down by virtue of the fact that he had the facts on his side. And Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel was Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel.
Hat tip: The Right Scoop
Latest excuses for Obama’s “you can keep your plan” whopper:
During the push for Obamacare and President Obama’s subsequent re-election run, President Obama repeatedly promised the American people that if they liked their insurance plan, they would be able to keep it. But on Sunday, The New York Times editorial board announced that Obama hadn’t lied to the American people – he’d simply made a big mistake. “Mr. Obama clearly misspoke when he said that,” the Timessaid. “By law, insurers cannot continue to sell policies that don’t provide the minimum benefits and consumer protections required as of next year.”
Big Government: MAHER: OBAMA HAD TO LIE TO ‘STUPIDER’ AMERICANS:
Appearing on Piers Morgan’s CNN program on Tuesday night, HBO’s Bill Maher explained that while President Obama did indeed lie to the American people about keeping their insurance,he had to do so in order to help the dumb Americans. “I think the country in general is on a decline,” Maher explained. That’s because, Maher said, Americans are getting “stupider.” And that means that they must be lied to: “It sure is hard if you’re a politician—not that I’m really that sympathetic to them—to try to get information into people’s heads. I don’t think Obama should’ve lied to people…”
Obama adviser Dan Pfeiffer went on “This Week” to tell America that if you like your health insurance you can keep it … but only if it is hasn’t been changed, downgraded, or canceled. If.
Let’s talk about [President Obama’s] promise for a second. If the president didn’t intend to keep this promise why would he have gone out of his way to put a provision in the law [that] specifically says that if you have a plan before Obamacare passed you can keep that plan? Now if your plan has been downgraded or canceled, you can’t.
…and 5% [Americans in the individual market], if you had your plan and it hasn’t been changed or canceled, you can keep it.
Meanwhile, in the “SHHH, You’re Not Helping” department, VAN JONES: OBAMA KNOWS EVERYTHING GOING ON IN WHITE HOUSE:
Former White House Green Czar on ABC’s “This Week”, Sunday morning, decided to update the very real Bush era BDS (Bush Derangement Syndrome) where deranged libs couldn’t decide whether Bush was an evil genius or a dunce who let Cheney do all the thinking for him. The updated Van Jones version of this is “Obama derangement syndrome” with deranged conservatives unable to decide whether Obama is clueless about what goes on in his administration (because that’s what he keeps telling people when the shtf – “Der, I just read about this in the newspaper”, “Der, I’m as mad as anybody” etc.) or he’s a mastermind with his hands in everything. ( I’ve always contended that’s it’s the latter.) Very cute bit of projection there, and he should have left it at that, but noooo. Van Jones goes on to tell us if there one person in the White House who knows what’s going on, it’s Barack Obama. Thanks for the confirmation, Derp.
Via LaborUnionReport, Red State:
This weeks “Speaker Alert”:
IT’S NOT JUST THE WEBSITE
- “It’s the whole law”: “The problem with ObamaCare isn’t just the website,” says Speaker Boehner. “It’s the whole law.” Boehner says the president sold his health care law on “a pack of lofty promises,” but “what he said simply wasn’t true.”
- “Consumers are suffering from sticker shock”: Families and workers across the country are paying higher premiums because of ObamaCare.
- “You don’t get to keep your premiums”: “It’s not the truth,” one woman told KING5 local news. “You don’t get to keep your premiums. You don’t get to keep anything” under ObamaCare.
- “Whopper”: President Obama’s famous pledge – that if you like your doctor or your health care plan, you can keep it – has been deemed a “whopper.” See what Republicans were saying about this promise as long as four years ago.
- “He really didn’t mean it”: Check out and RT our new “Vine,” highlighting a CBS Newsreport that says “more than two million Americans have been told they cannot renew their current insurance policies…”
- “System is down”: At the exact same time that Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was telling Congress the ObamaCare “website has never crashed,” the site was inaccessible.
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