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Obama's "exchange"

By Michael Moriarty
web posted June 11, 2007

Barack Obama\Recently Senator Barack Obama, possibly responding to claims that he was all style and no content, unveiled his "Universal Health Program." The plan centers around an entirely new department of government which he would call "The National Insurance Company Exchange."

In 1977 I performed as Major Eric Dorf of the Nazi SS in the mini-series Holocaust. The talent that made Dorf's rise in Hitler's diabolical Third Reich was his ease with euphemisms, words that politely cover up evil intents like the Final Solution. It is always with euphemisms that pure evil reaches power. There is for me no more impressively recent euphemism than Senator Obama's use of the word "exchange." Most of us who follow his ambitions to become president are aware that his advisory committee is basically a group of exiles from Harvard who now work at the University of Chicago. I have no doubt that Senator Obama's universal health program has had a major going-over by his advisory staff. Whether or not he came up with the word "exchange" is unimportant. It's a euphemism, and what it really means is that in exchange for not having any trouble with the Obama administration the insurance companies will agree to letting the government set nationwide prices for insurance premiums.

The senator claims his bill will save the consumer well over $1,000. Short-term that may be true. Long-term, however, it has been proven that the best friend of the consumer is competition. Price-fixing, of course, ends competition and it will imbue the federal government with even more overweening power. In addition to this price-fixing "exchange," would-be President Obama promises to help enforce "preventative medicine" and urge all Americans into the "right lifestyle." It's odd to think of progressive liberals becoming as grave or more grave a set of lifestyle dictators as the religious right-wing is – they and certainly Billy Graham would rather tell you what lifestyle to have than actually save the lives of gestating infants … and with Billy Graham anointing the progressive emperor Bill Clinton with the title of "Evangelist," two polar opposites of the left and right were married and both, as you might observe, have proven to be committed lifestyle dictators.

If you don't think progressives are serious about ending unacceptable lifestyles, think of Waco, Texas, and the "perverse religion" Hillary Clinton said was going on in the Koresh compound. Her personal Attorney General – Hillary picked all nominees to the Justice department – the first lady's loyal friend Janet Reno provoked the incineration of 80 American men, women and children. The progressives are all very serious about American citizens shaping up to their idea of an acceptable lifestyle, and furthermore and eventually their way of thinking.  

It is interesting to note that Senator Obama has challenged Senator Clinton in what she considers her own personal property, that of health reform. He is thumbing his nose at her with the "exchange" and singing "I can do anything better than you can …" I am almost beginning to feel sorry for her. After seeing some of the satire being dropped on her, such as Fox Channel's brilliant "OxyHillary", a medication for "Hillary Ambivalence Syndrome," there is not much hope for Hillary these days, and I hope that Bill knows how to let her down lightly, because if anyone knows the odds against Hillary Clinton becoming president now, it is William Clinton. No one reads approval ratings faster or more accurately than Bill Clinton.

Unfortunately, I now find Barack Obama even more frightening than Hillary. After my experience in the Holocaust I'm quite sensitive to political euphemisms, and Obama's choice of "exchange" fills me with nausea, much the same feeling I had when I performed in the Holocaust. ESR

Michael Moriarty is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor who starred in the landmark television series Law and Order from 1990 to 1994. His recent film and TV credits include The Yellow Wallpaper, 12 Hours to Live, Santa Baby and Deadly Skies. Moriarty is also running for President of the United States in 2008 as a candidate for the Realists Party. To find out more about Moriarty's presidential campaign, contact rainbowfamily2008@yahoo.com.


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