Among Liberal Elites, Freedom is Underrated

Carol Platt Liebau

3/6/2014 11:25:00 AM - Carol Platt Liebau

Dr. Ezekial Emanuel, brother of Rahm and an architect of ObamaCare, has penned an op/ed appearing in today's New York Times, with a truly astonishing title: "In Health Care, Choice is Overrated."

There is plenty for real health care policy wonks to critique in this piece. But ultimately, what's most offensive about the Emanuel op/ed is in its ideological denigration of "choice." In fact, "choice" actually means "freedom." Dr. Emanuel doesn't seem to oppose the kinds of "choices" that elites like himself get to make on behalf of the American people when they design ObamaCare legislation. He doesn't object to the "choices" health care companies will get to make in terms of picking the (cheapest) doctors for their network. The only choice he seems really to oppose is any choice that you -- the petty little American taxpaying health care consumer -- get to make for yourself. That is, the choices -- about how and where and on whom and on what to spend your health care dollars -- that, together, add up to "freedom."

Because liberal elites always know best, don't they?