By Brent Bozell, Media Research Center
Struggling to sell a “public option” of socialized medicine on America, the left needs demons. So here comes, right on time, the focus on all the “lies” that free-market “front groups” are pushing on the failures of nationalized health care in countries like Canada and Great Britain.
These leftists are shameless. Their intellectual dishonesty is boundless. One wonders if socialized medicine might include treatment for this condition.
A man named Wendell Potter was the star of the hour on PBS’s “Bill Moyers Journal” on July 10. Potter used to be a spokesman for the insurance giant Cigna. He painted a picture of gilded excess. “I was served my lunch by a flight attendant who brought my lunch on a gold-rimmed plate. And she handed me gold-plated silverware to eat it with.” Sitting in a spacious corporate jet, he said he was overcome by guilt at the gap between his creature comforts and the health struggles of the poor and uninsured.
He became a convert to the socialist cause by remembering the Kennedys. One of JFK’s favorite quotes, he said, was a Dante line that “the hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who, in times of moral crisis, maintain a neutrality.” He panicked. “I’m headed for that hottest place in Hell, unless I say something.”
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That’s a tidy story. Moyers unveiled it carefully, which is to say: keeping some details hidden. Potter has a new job, a senior fellow at a radical left-wing group called the Center for Media and Democracy. CMD touts how Potter’s “working with us to examine the role of the powerful insurance industry in undermining, manipulating and thwarting reform.”