Dirty secret No. 2 in Obamacare

by Chuck Norris

I’ve read on several blogs that if my tears can cure cancer, I should take care of universal health care. Cute. The real fact is that neither I nor Obamacare (in its present form, the 1,000-plus-page HR 3200) can provide the remedy. In my column last week, I explained that dirty secret No. 1 in Obamacare is that the House bill would grant government the authority to come into homes and usurp parental rights over child care and development. I have a few more secrets to share over these hot August political nights. Dirty secret No. 2 is that Obama is not the leader of Obamacare. And neither is Congress. The one who has been spearheading the initiative behind the scenes is one who goes under the misnomer “adviser” to the Obama administration, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, a bioethicist and breast oncologist and brother of White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel. And his bible for health care reform is his book Healthcare, Guaranteed. Dr. Emanuel has served as special adviser to the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget for health policy as far back as February, when he confessed to the Washington bureau chief for the Chicago Sun- Times that he was “working on [the] health care reform effort.” The first draft of Obamacare? If you want to know the future of America’s universal health care, then you must understand the health care principles and plans of Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel. I find it far more than a coincidence how much Emanuel’s book parallels Obamacare’s philosophy, strategy and proposed legislation. First, Emanuel rejects any attempts at incremental change or reform to our health care system (Page 185). What’s needed, he concludes in his book (Page 171), is an immediate and totally comprehensive reconstruction of health care as we know it. That, of course, describes the vision of Obamacare to a T. Second, in the chapter “Opening the Door to Comprehensive Change,” starting on Page 171 (which reads more like a political and massmanipulating strategy than a health care manual), Emanuel drives home “a key political lesson: the need to rush the legislation through.” (Seen this methodology being used lately?!) Third, as Obama crusades around the country pitching Obamacare, he continues to avoid giving virtually any specific details of the program. That, too, is a strategy of Emanuel’s: “Americans need to avoid the policy weeds. Focusing on details will only distract and create tangles and traps (Page 183).” So “details” of health care reform are “weeds”? That iswhy we continue to hear only warm and fuzzy generalities from Obama,such as, “If you’ve already got health care, the only thing we’re goingto do for you is we’re going to reform the insurance companies so thatthey can’t cheat you.” Fourth, Emanuel describes a comprehensivegovernment health care program that is run completely by a nationalhealth board and 12 regional health boards (“modeled on the FederalReserve System” — Page 83). Critics would say, “But that is not thenational board as described in Obamacare or HR 3200.” Not yet, anyway.Does anyone doubt that the duties and power of the national “HealthBenefits Advisory Committee” will morph and grow over time? And whatpower will it wield when it is like the Federal Reserve? Fifth, Emanuelbelieves in the “phasing out of Medicare [and] Medicaid (pages 88-89and 94-95).” Could their eventual termination be the reasonObama’s administration won’t merely reform those programs toaccommodate its universal health care desires? Sixth, Emanuel believesin ending employer-based health care (pages 109- 112). As anybusinessman knows, why would a company pay the exorbitant costs foremployees’ private health insurance when it can benefit big-time from afree ticket for government health care coverage? Some have evenproposed that provisions in the House’s health care legislation, underthe titles “Limitation on new enrollment” and “Limitation on changes interms or conditions” (Page 16 of HR 3200), could essentially makeindividual private medical insurance illegal. Seventh, Emanuelbelieves a universal health care program could be paid for by phasingout Medicare and Medicaid, adopting a value-added tax of at least 10percent, etc., and then allowing Americans themselves to “pay extrawith after-tax dollars” (Page 100) for additional medical benefits(beyond the government program). The truth is that whether themoney comes from higher corporate taxes, taxing employer-providedhealth insurance, eliminating health savings accounts or flexiblespending accounts, limiting the deductibility of medical expenses,increasing taxes on selective consumptives or the middle class, etc.,or all the above, trust me; sooner or later, we all will pay. Eighth,enough has been written lately about Emanuel’s end-of-life counsel andconsultation, including withholding his advice from the Hastings CenterReport (in 1996) that medical care should be withheld from those “whoare irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participatingcitizens…. An obvious example is not guaranteeing healthservices to patients with dementia.” I find it striking that Obama’sethics similarly have allowed him already to pass more laws increasingthe terminations of life in the womb than any administration since Roe v. Wade. Toadd insult to injury, Congress repeatedly has rejected amendments tothis universal health care bill that would prevent federal funds frombeing used for abortions. In short, whether in title or not,Emanuel is Obama’s health care czar. Obamacare is a junior version ofEmanuelcare. Or should I say the beginning stage of Emanuelcare? What’salmost eerie is how they both could be juxtaposed to intersect in fullbloom sometime in America’s future. One last thing: Someoneonce said to me, “If two people think so much alike, you can bet thatone person is not thinking.” Think about it.

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