"But frankly, [Obama] should never have said as much as he did, that if you like your current health care plan, you can keep it. That wasn’t true. And you shouldn’t lie to people. And they just lied to people."
- Former Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA), July 2014
Let me remind you this [Americans allegedly dying because of lack of universal health care] has been going on for years. We are bringing it to a halt. The harsh fact of the matter is when you’re going to pass legislation that will cover 300 [million] American people in different ways it takes a long time to do the necessary administrative steps that have to be taken to put the legislation together to control the people.
And in case anyone on the left thinks he was taken out of context, start at the 6:25 mark of this complete audio clip and you’ll see that he wasn’t. Rather revealing, isn’t it?
Not only were his comments on “controlling people” revolting, but he – like Obama and so many other Dems before him – lied through his teeth (in the audio link, not the YouTube abbreviated version) about Republican alternatives for healthcare “reform.” He suggested that Republicans had presented absolutely no alternatives to ObamaCare and had instead acted purely as obstructionists, which is a flat out lie. Not surprising, since he once accused opponents of ObamaCare as “reminding” him “of the KKK.” Suffice it to say that “truth” and “reality” are not part of this man’s vocabulary, nor are they hallmarks of his politicking style in the House.
Ed tries to make sense of Dingell’s remarks:
It may be the mother of all Freudian slips (which is itself a Freudian joke, if you didn’t catch it). “Control the people” could have one of two contexts here, of course; it could mean patient management, or it could be taken literally. It would take quite a while to “control” 300 million people in either sense of the phrase. Of course, in either sense, it’s one of the good reasons why the government shouldn’t be in the health-care business. The private sector is better designed to manage patients.
But of course, the private sector isn’t designed to “control the people” in the literal sense. You have to have government to do that, and people in charge who believe they should be in charge of “control[ling] the people” instead of supporting and defending the Constitution.