Health-Care Controversy in the
By Professor Dr. Emmanuel Omoh Esiemokhai
September 14th, 2009
The problem in the health-care debate is
that none of the parties is ready to consider the fine
points of the other party’s argument.
Consequently, race relations in the United States have
become tense as a result of class and group interests
that cause conflict between the people. If this
continues to escalate, unintended consequences may
The more fundamental issue in the health-care debate is
how government can resolve the balancing of competing
interests in modern American society, in a fair and
The obligation to cater for the majority, does not
exclude a responsibility to consider the helpless. The
extent of this responsibility is open to debate. That is
what a just and egalitarian society is all about.
While President Barack Obama seeks for solutions that
could confer maximal benefits for each person, some
nervous Republicans and right-wing elements are
advocating social harm for the helpless., through some
“public be damned” activities, some of which constitute
The ethical issue is what is a fair-health care policy
for the United States? The human rights answer is
located in Obama’s health-care plan.
The raiders have not been asking the right questions and
so, do not have the right answers. So, they heckle, they
curse, they insult, they spit fire and appeal to hate
sentiments, without making it obvious.
Dedicated professionals, Senators and Congressmen seem
to understand Obama’s position. Hecklers will not look
and will not see. They keep churning, twisting and
flipping. These political practices stain Republican
reputation and undermine public confidence in the party.
They now scare the American people that Obama wants to
introduce socialism to America. As a result of the
literature that emanated from the propaganda of the Cold
War years, Americans, who have been brain-washed about
socialism, through films and mass culture hits, cannot
be blamed for being apprehensive.
However, to those, who have looked at the evidence, the
analogy between Obama’s fairness argument and socialist
transformation is severely flawed.
People must acknowledge that there has been hidden
structural damage in the US societal arrangement that
will not yield to a quick-fix solution.
To expect President Obama to solve all outstanding
problems or hold him responsible for apparent failures,
is to call him bad name, in order to discredit him. The
American people were not pressing on President George W.
By their own admission, Americans say that their society
had reeled under a drug culture, stained by high profile
fraud and neglect of the helpless. Such a society will
one day discover that its strength will be found in its
I see a small revolution in matters of etiquette, in the
treatment of President Obama, the messenger of the Era
of the Gentiles, Atonement and the Brotherhood of Man.
Tolerance and fewer protests will level things up. All
the recessionary tendencies will soon abate.
A most shameful episode was observed in US Congress last
week, when an obscure Congressman, Joe Wilson, hungry
for recognition, interrupted the President by shouting,
“YOU LIE”, a behaviour reminiscent of the “Shoe thrower
of Baghdad “He is now said to be richer by one million
The characteristics of an American Congressman, is that
he is suave, sophisticated, polished, well-educated,
nearly always well-dressed, well-spoken and culturally
Wild Joe Wilson has not proffered any solution nor
contributed to the health-care debate in a profound or
minimal way. His behaviour does not seem wedged upon
good upbringing. He was overheard making piffle,
pig-ignorant arguments on health-care.
His limitations lie in incomplete knowledge of
health-care problems in America, bounded rationality and
lack of knowledge of the contingencies in the
health-care debate of relevance to the Obama Plan.
Wilson, as a Congressional lie-detector apparently
suffers from inherent limitations in his cognitive
abilities, which often obfuscates his analytic efforts
and confuses his understanding of the difference between
proposals and definite resolutions. His pscho-galvanic
reflexes are impaired by prejudice and the result is to
heckle people he disagrees with.
I notice that the social psychology of some American
citizens and their attitudes are becoming militarized
and there is pungency during political dialogue, during
which no-one listens to the other.
There are manifestations of class struggles and class
relations now supersede race relations. Also,
socio-pathic behaviour is becoming discernible among
political mal-contents. Socio-political confrontations,
too, are taking on sinister dimensions.
Watch it America!
Professor Dr. Emmanuel Omoh Esiemokhai is the Academic
Chancellor, BOSAS INTERNATIONAL LAW Bureau, Abuja, FCT,
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