'Fun Guy' Ezekiel Emanuel Blames GOP and Fox News for Obamacare Disaster
During her second interview with Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel in less than 3 weeks, Megyn Kelly of Fox News called the snippy Obamacare agitator a "fun guy."
Well, maybe it was fun for her viewers to see the architect of Obamacare try to defend the indefensible. The best Emanuel could come up with was something about a "self-fulfilling prophesy" brought on by the GOP and Fox News.
The death panel advocate clearly wasn't going to answer Kelly's questions about whether the President knew or anticipated that millions would lose their insurance because of the healthcare law, so he lashed out at the usual scapegoats.
From the video:
EMANUEL: There were differences about how they wanted to run it, and they decided to run it with people in CMS [Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services] having the charge for doing it. Remember, this was not an environment which was hospitable to setting up the exchanges. You and your colleagues were constantly criticizing, trying to underfund it and trying to make sure it didn't work.
KELLY: A lot of that criticism proved true.
EMANUEL: It's a self-fulfilling prophecy. We're going to try to do everything we can to make it fail and then when it fails, we're going to say, "Oh why did it fail?"
KELLY: What? I don't think Fox News had anything to do with the rollout of HealthCare.gov. As far as I know, we didn't touch that Web site.
EMANUEL: You were constantly attacking the law and you were trying to make it underfunded.
KELLY: I'll give you that one, too. It was all our fault.
Emanuel also admitted the low enrollment numbers were and are "disappointing," but said we still have four and a half months to go before open enrollment ends. Then he offered a milquetoast metaphor:
This is like watching a tea kettle and saying "Is it boiling yet? Is it boiling yet?...it's not very helpful. "
Therefore, according to Emanuel, the Affordable Care Act is fine, but impatient Americans are the problem. They just need to sit down, shut up, stop sabotaging the process and be patient.