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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 joined the 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 Mao Zedong.

 

Dr. Young was active in the radical movements of the Sixties and Seventies 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, a single-payer 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 of Obama, teaching the latter about the merits of single-payer healthcare.  In a 2009 interview with 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 chapter of 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 healthcare agendas) include the following:

 

bulletJoanne Landy, a high-ranking member of the Democratic Socialists of America
bulletMark Almberg, a prominent member of the Illinois Communist Party since the 1970s
bulletOliver 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
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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 -- include:

 

bullet Medea Benjamin, the pro-Castro, America-hating co-founder of Global Exchange, Code Pink for Peace, and Iraq Occupation Watch
bulletMichael Lighty, a longtime member (and former chairman) of the Democratic Socialists of America
bulletFlavio Casoy, a San Francisco-based doctor and a prominent member of the Communist Party USA
bullet Rev. Lucius Walker, the pro-Castro executive director of the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization, and a longtime supporter of Communist Party USA activities
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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 member 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" advocacy groups.

Dr. Peter Orris left the Communist Party in 1992 for the 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 opportunity.

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 . . .

Here' are the backgrounds of known communists that have one degree of separation from Barack Obama -- these people are his mentors and close political allies -- Frank Marshall Davis;  Bill Ayers;  Sam Graham-Felsen;  Gregory Galluzzo;  Patrick Gaspard;  Van Jones;  Mike Klonsky;  Mike Kruglik;  Alice Palmer -- and these are the ones of which we know.

How many members of the Communist Party USA do you know -- that you're that close to?
 

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