Thursday, December 12, 2013

Recipe for further decreasing the popularity of the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare

Here is a good way for opponents of Obamacare to decrease greatly its already low approval ratings:
1.  Hold a panel discussion or debate on the Affordable Care Act and its implementation.
2.  Ensure that Ezekiel Emanuel represents the pro-Obamacare side and, as a bonus, that people know that he is one of the Act's key architects.
3.  Ensure that there is an audience that includes independent/undecided/agnostic and/or uninformed individuals.
4.  Go to step 1.

The first time I tuned in to hear this guy interviewed, I was looking forward to a dispassionate, balanced and nuanced discussion by a fellow physician. Wow, was I surprised, starting with the first sentence out of his mouth. He comes across as a political hack, and a very bad one at that: having no clue how to win over the audience or how to suppress his overbearing and obnoxious demeanor. Dr. Emanuel leaves no doubt that he thinks he is smarter than us and knows what is best for us. He seems to personify one of those "omnipotent moral busybodies" referenced in the prior post.

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