In a move that many of its viewers will most likely find strange and possible outrageous, Fox News announced Tuesday that Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel would join its team as a health care and policy analysis contributor. He will make appearances on Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network.
The news came as Republicans in Congress work to find a way to repeal and replace Obamacare.
Emanuel, older brother of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, was a chief architect of the former president’s health care plan. He worked in the Obama administration from 2009 to 2011 as a special adviser on health policy and helped write the Affordable Care Act, which former President Barack Obama signed into law in 2010.
This hire seems strange because Emanuel has made several appearances on Fox where he’s defended issues related to Obamacare — and tangled with some of the network’s biggest stars in the process.
In October on “The Kelly File,” he scornfully downplayed premium increases around the country, claiming the hikes were “not across-the-board” and a “one-time increase”:
In November, Emanuel attempted to defend problems with the former president’s signature plan during a contentious appearance on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
It ended badly for Emanuel, as he insulted hundreds of Americans, disdainfully claiming they wanted to have “their cake and eat it, too,” when it came to provisions in the law that meant insurance companies could not deny coverage to potential clients based on pre-existing conditions.
Ezekiel is also known for his interest in death panels, which can ultimately decide whether insurance will cover life-saving procedures for the elderly. That should worry millions of Americans, considering Emanuel is on record as believing age 75 is an appropriate time to die. (He said so himself in a much-criticized 2014 commentary in The Atlantic, but we’ll see if he still feels the same way in 2032.)
These points of view rightfully raise a big red flag at Fox’s decision to bring Emanuel on board as a contributor.
Emanuel isn’t the only former Obama administration official to join the news outlet. Last month, former State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf also became a contributor, despite a documented history of public statements that occasionally bordered on the inane.
It will no doubt be interesting to see how this venture works out for Emanuel, Fox News and the network’s viewers.
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