Quentin and Barack
The primary figure who delivered Obama to the single-payer camp was
Quentin Young, an 86-year-old retired physician who was a longtime
friend and neighbor of Obama in Chicago. Young
Young Communist League as a teenager in the late 1930s. From
the mid-1940s through the mid-1970s, he was closely associated with the
Communist Party. In October 1968 he was called to testify before
the House Un-American Activities Committee, which was probing the extent
of his knowledge about the riots that had erupted at the Democratic
National Convention in Chicago two months earlier. The Committee
accused Young of belonging to the Bethune Club, an organization for
communist doctors; the group was named after Norman Bethune, a communist
physician who devoted his services to the totalitarian regime of
Dr. Young was active in the radical movements of the Sixties and
led a small delegation to Communist North Vietnam in 1972. In
the late 1970s, Young became
associated with a Marxist organization known as the New American
Movement, which was initially convened by
Michael Lerner, an America-hating radical who counseled young people
to explore the use of LSD and other hallucinogenic drugs as portals to a
greater comprehension of socialist principles.
In 1980 Young founded the Health and Medicine Policy Research Group,
lobby group whose Board of Directors he chairs to this day. In
1982 Young helped establish the
Democratic Socialists of America, which, as the principal U.S.
affiliate of the Socialist International, asserts
that "many structures of our government and economy must be radically
transformed." In 1987 Young co-founded Physicians for a National
Health Program (PNHP), a single-payer advocacy organization where he
currently serves as national coordinator. In PNHP’s view, government-run
healthcare "should be financed by
truly progressive taxation."
In 1995 Young
attended the now-famous meeting at the Hyde Park home of former
Weather Underground terrorists Bill Ayers
and Bernardine Dohrn, where Barack Obama was first introduced to
influential locals as the hand-picked successor to
Alice Palmer, a pro-Soviet radical who
planned to vacate her Illinois State Senate seat in pursuit of a higher
elected office. Young quickly became a friend and political ally
teaching the latter about the merits of single-payer healthcare.
In a 2009
Amy Goodman of Democracy
Now!, Young reminisced about the germination of his ideological
kinship with the young Obama:
"Barack Obama, in those early days [as a state
senator] -- influenced, I hope, by me and others -- categorically said
single payer was the best way, and he would inaugurate it if he could
get the support, meaning [Democratic] majorities in both houses, which
he’s got, and the presidency, which he’s got. And he said that on
more than one occasion…."
Another noteworthy influence on Obama’s views vis à vis healthcare
has been Dr. Peter Orris, who co-founded Physicians for a National
Health Program with Quentin Young. The son of a Communist Party
member, Orris in the 1960s was a leader of Harvard University’s campus
Students for a Democratic Society, the New Leftist organization that
aspired to overthrow America’s democratic institutions and remake the
nation’s government in a Marxist image. He later joined the
Communist Party (CP) for more than two decades, before ultimately
shifting his allegiance to the CP splinter group, Committees of
Correspondence, where he remains a prominent figure to this day.
Other leading PNHP activists (and thus, key shapers of Obama’s
include the following:
|Joanne Landy, a high-ranking member of the Democratic Socialists
|Mark Almberg, a prominent member of the Illinois Communist Party
since the 1970s|
|Oliver Fein (PNHP President) and Steffi Woolhandler (PNHP
Secretary), both of whom have spoken in favor of a single-payer
healthcare system at the annual
Socialist Scholars Conferences in New York City|
The Communist influences on Obama’s healthcare objectives do not end
with the foregoing list of PNHP leaders. In 2004, PNHP
collaborated with a number of likeminded, far-left organizations to form
a wider coalition, Healthcare-NOW!, which likewise promotes single-payer
reform (and, notably, enjoys the
strong support of the Socialist Party USA). Obama’s friend and
mentor, Quentin Young, is a central figure in Healthcare-NOW!, serving
as the network’s
national coordinator and co-chair. Other prominent members of
Healthcare-NOW!’s Board of Directors -- who, like their counterparts
at PNHP, exert a major influence on President Obama --
Barack Obama did not conceive of socialized medicine on his own.
His acceptance of such a system was cultivated and nurtured by the same
types of Marxist revolutionaries with whom he has surrounded himself
throughout his entire adult life -- and who are now shaping the major
policy agendas of his administration.
|How Many Commies Are You Close To?
|The New Zeal blog is reporting that Dr. Quentin Young has been a
close friend, personal physician and political mentor to Barack Obama
for more than 20 years. He is the father of the US socialized
healthcare movement and proudly admits to having tutored his friend
Barack Obama in the subject.
Young, a member of Democratic
Socialists of America, was a member of the Young Communist League in his
teens. He was also accused of membership of the Bethune Club of
the Communist Party ( a party doctor's group) by a government commission
investigating the 1968 Democratic Party Convention riots in Chicago.
Young has been the US's most active proponent of "single payer" or
socialzed healthcare for decades -- firstly through his medical
committee for Human Rights, then his Physicians for a
National Health Program and his
Health and Medicine Policy Research Group.
This exhibit is a
list of signatories to an Illinois Communist Party to an electoral
petition for the 1976 US Presidential Elections:
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John R. Lumpkin, appointed to Google's Health Advisory Council, is
listed, as are three other prominent Communist Party members -- --
Mark J. Almberg, Peter Orris and Linda Rae Murray -- all of whom are
active in the modern "single payer" movement, and all of whom are close
to Quentin Young -- who is close to Barack Obama.
Mark J. Almberg
is still a leading
of the Communist Party USA in Chicago. He is the Communications
Director of Quentin Young's Physicians
for a National Health Plan, one the US's main "single payer"
Dr. Peter Orris left the Communist Party in 1992
Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, in which
he now plays a leading role. While still in the Communist Party,
Orris helped Quentin Young to set up the Physicians for a National
Health Plan. Orris now serves as Professor and Associate Director
of the Great Lakes Center for Occupational and Environmental Safety and
Health of the University Of Illinois School Of Public Health. He
holds several union advisory roles, including with
SEIU and uses his positions to promote "single payer" at every
Linda Rae Murray also left the Communist Party in
1992 and has since worked closely with Committees of Correspondence and
Democratic Socialists of America.
She is a prominent Chicago health professional and the the immediate
past president of Quentin Young's Health and Medicine Policy Research
Group. Murray is a leading and very active advocate for "single
payer" and has just been elected president of the American Public Health
Association -- a post Quentin Young held in 1988.
Quentin Young and Linda Rae
Murray (left) pictured with Barack Obama in 2003
Read the whole article
here . . . unbelievable . . . and this guy is a Kiwi . . .
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