[Guest post by DRJ]
ABC’s Jake Tapper reports President Obama told the Congressional Black Caucus the following anecdote about the G20 conference in Pittsburgh:
“I was up at the G20 — just a little aside — I was up at the G20, and some of you saw those big flags and all the world leaders come in and Michelle and I are shaking hands with them,” the president said. “One of the leaders — I won’t mention who it was — he comes up to me. We take the picture, we go behind.
“He says, ‘Barack, explain to me this health care debate.’
“He says, ‘We don’t understand it. You’re trying to make sure everybody has health care and they’re putting a Hitler mustache on you — I don’t — that doesn’t make sense to me. Explain that to me.'”
Obama could have used that opportunity to explain this is part of free speech in America and that it also happened to President Bush, but I doubt he did that.
I would encourage that world leader to read about Obama’s health advisers, such as Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel who advocates withholding health care from the disabled:
“Start with Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, the brother of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. He has already been appointed to two key positions: health-policy adviser at the Office of Management and Budget and a member of Federal Council on Comparative Effectiveness Research.
Emanuel, however, believes that “communitarianism” should guide decisions on who gets care. He says medical care should be reserved for the non-disabled, not given to those “who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens . . . An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia” (Hastings Center Report, Nov.-Dec. ’96).”
Why would that remind someone of Hitler?
“This poster is from the 1930’s, and promotes the Nazi monthly Neues Volk (New People), the organ of the party’s racial office. The text reads:
‘This genetically ill person will cost our people’s community 60,000 marks over his lifetime. Citizens, that is your money.’
Read Neues Volk, the monthly of the racial policy office of the NSDAP.'”
Reprinted with permission from Randall Bytwerk.