Spin Doctors for Obamacare
Lights, camera, agitprop! The
curtains opened on yet another artfully staged
Obamacare Theater this week. One hundred and fifty
doctors took their places on the plush lawn outside the
West Wing—many acting like
"Twilight" groupies with cameras instead of credible medical
professionals. The president approved the scenery:
"I am thrilled to have all of you here today, and you look very spiffy
in your coats."
White House wardrobe assistants
"spiffy." As the
New York Post`s
reported, the physicians
"were told to
bring their white lab coats to make sure that TV cameras
captured the image." President Obama`s aides hastily
handed out costumes to those who came in suits or
dresses before the doc-and-pony show began.
But while Halloween came early to
the Potomac, these partisan single-payer activists in
White House-supplied clothing aren`t fooling anyone.
Obama`s spin doctors belong to a
group called Doctors for America (DFA), which reportedly
supplied the white lab coats. The White House event was
organized in conjunction with DFA and
America, Obama`s campaign outfit.
OFA and DFA are behind a massive
Obamacare ad campaign, letter-writing campaign and
doctor-recruitment campaign. The supposedly
nonprofit DFA is a spin-off of Doctors for Obama, a 2008
campaign arm that aggressively pushed the Democrats`
government health care takeover. DFA claims to have
thousands of members with a
backgrounds." But there`s little diversity in their
views on socialized medicine (98 percent want a
taxpayer-funded public insurance option)—or in their
DFA president and co-founder
Dr. Vivek Murthy, [Email
him]an internal medicine physician at Brigham and
Women`s Hospital and an instructor at Harvard Medical
School, served as a member of Obama`s Health Policy
Advisory Committee and the New England Steering
Committee during the 2008 presidential campaign.
DFA vice president Dr. Alice Chen [Email
her]of Los Angeles is an Obama donor and avowed
supporter of Organizing for America, Obama`s campaign
shop run by the Democratic National Committee. On
Monday, she posted on the OFA website with an
appeal to Democratic activists for letters to the
editor in support of Obama`s
Jacob Hacker [Email
him] is an Obamacare architect who laughed at
criticism of the plan being a Trojan horse for
"It`s not a
Trojan horse, right?" he retorted at a far-left
Tides Foundation conference on health care.
"It`s just right
there! I`m telling you. We`re going to get there."
And here`s a brief political
donation history of other top DFA docs
compiled by Brian Faughnan at theconservatives.com:
Dr. Hershey Garner (who
stood on stage with Obama at the White House event):
more than $10,000 in donations to Democratic candidates
Dr. Winfred Parnell:
More than $5,700 in donations to Democrats since 2001.
Dr. Michael Newman:
$4,550 in donations to Democrats since 2001.
Dr. Boyd Shook:
$3,500 in donations to Democrats since 2002.
Dr. Jan Sarnecki:
$3,400 in donations to Democrats since 2004.
Dr. Amanda McKinney (who
also flanked Obama at the White House event):
$2,750 in donations to Democratic candidates since 2001.
Dr. Tracy Nelson: $1,500
in donations to Obama.
Dr. Stanton McKenna:
$1,000 in donations to Democrats since 2001.
Dr. Jason Schneider: $600
in donations to Democrats since 2001.
Dr. Biron Baker: $500
donated to Obama last year.
Dr. Nick Perencevich:
$500 in donations to Democrats since 2008.
Dr. Elaine Bradshaw: $500
in donations to Obama last year.
Who unveiled Doctors for America
earlier this spring? No, not ordinary citizens outside
the Beltway. The decidedly un-grassroots sponsors of the
Doctors for America launch were Democratic Sen. Max
Baucus, chair of the Senate Finance Committee, and the
left-wing Center for American Progress, which is run by
liberal operative John Podesta and underwritten by
CAP is a lead organization in the
Health Care for America Now coalition, the so-called
lobbying group for Obama`s health care takeover
legislation run out of 1825 K Street in Washington,
D.C., with a $40 million budget. CAP is also the parent
group of Think
Progress, the far-left website leading the
smear campaign against fiscally conservative
activists who protested at congressional town halls this
summer. And several CAP alumni are now leading the
Obamacare push at the Department of Health and Human
Services, including special HHS assistant Michael Halle
and HHS Director Jeanne Lambrew, a former senior fellow
at the Center for American Progress who worked on health
policy in the Clinton administration.
CAP/HCAN`s most recent initiative?
Busing protesters to the private homes of health care
executives last week to bully them over the public
option—even as many health care executives line the
pockets of Obama administration officials and allies
lobbying on their behalf.
It`s all in keeping with the
elaborate Kabuki productions that have marked Team
Obama`s efforts to manufacture support for
government-run health care. They`ve been doctoring it up
from Day One.
CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.
is the author of
Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our
for Peter Brimelow`s review. Click
for Michelle Malkin`s website. Michelle Malkin
is also author of
Unhinged: Exposing Liberals Gone Wild
and the just-released Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks & Cronies.