Obamacare And The New Soviet Man

Wendy McElroy | The Daily Bell | November 14, 2013

Obamacare's failure to enlist young people into its ranks may well result in an American version of the New Soviet Man. That man was the communist ideal of a person who served the state and its leader with selfless devotion.

White House advisor Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel has been called the architect of Obamacare, the Insurance Salesman-in-Chief and the Health Rationer-in-Chief. His brother, Rahm Emanuel, is the current mayor of Chicago and a former chief of staff to Obama. In short, Ezekiel Emanuel is a man of considerable influence within the administration, and his voice can be assumed to carry the straight line on Obamacare.

Clearly, the administration has worried for some time about the prospect of young people shunning the health care plan. On May 6th, Emanuel addressed the possibility in a Wall Street Journal (May 6) editorial entitled "Health-Care Exchanges Will Need the Young Invincibles." Emanuel acknowledged that Obamacare needs a constant glut of young and healthy people buying insurance in order to finance the medical demands of the old and unhealthy. That's the way Ponzi schemes work.