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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Obama File 92 Some Christmas Reading for Your Senators-Obama, Young, Conyers and Socialized Healthcare

Obama File 91 here


My last post dealt with Barack Obama's Marxist personal physician of more than 20 years, Quentin Young and his decades long campaign to socialize US healthcare.

Young and his comrades in Physicians for a National Health Plan and Healthcare Now! have driven the US healthcare debate for years. Now they have a friend in the Oval Office and both Houses of Congress controlled by the Democrats.

Soon the Senate may pass a Healthcare Bill-but whatever form it takes, the drive to fully socialized, government controlled "single payer" healthcare will only accelerate.

The socialist's agenda goes far beyond tinkering or minor reforms-they want fully socialized "single payer" healthcare.

Quentin Young is a member of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). He and his DSA comrades and his allies in Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism (CCDS) and the Communist Party USA, all want socialized healthcare as a major stepping stone to a socialist America.

Health and Medicine Policy Research Group

This post looks at another arrow in Quentin Young's "single-payer" quiver-his Chicago based Health and Medicine Policy Research Group (HMPRG).

We're a 28-year old 501c3 nonprofit that operates as an independent, freestanding center driven by a singular mission: formulating health policy, advocacy and health systems to enhance the health of the public.

HMPRG was founded in 1981 by Quentin Young and John McKnight, a radical community organizer turned academic. McKnight trained Barack Obama for three years in the late '80s and wrote a letter of recommendation which helped the young activist gain entry to Harvard Law School.

HMPRG's board of directors includes Yolanda Hall, who was in the Young Communist League with Quentin Young before joining the Communist Party in 1939-plus two more recent Party members, Linda Rae Murray and Mildred Williamson.

On March 7 2008 HMPRG organized an 85th birthday tribute dinner for Quentin Young in Chicago-themed "Rebel without a pause".

Guests included Illinois Senator Dick Durbin and the state's Governor, Pat Quinn.

Host Committee members included;

Timuel Black- formerly with the Socialist Party USA-now with both DSA and CCDS. Black was Chicago DSA's Debs-Thomas-Harrington Dinner honoree in 2009. He is a long time friend and supporter of Barack Obama.

Danny K Davis- Illinois Congressman and DSA member, with past ties to both the Communist Party and CCDS . Davis was active with Obama in the DSA/Committees of Correspondence influenced New Party in the mid '90s.

Leon Despres-formerly with the Socialist Party USA. Chicago DSA Debs-Thomas Dinner honoree in 1975. A mentor to Barack Obama.

Miguelle del Valle-Chicago City Clerk. ChicagoDSA Debs-Thomas Dinner guest speaker in 2001. Del valle supported obama in his 2003 US senate campaign.

Jacky Grimshaw-Chicago DSA Debs-Thomas-Harrington Dinner honoree in 1987. Barack Obama's Hyde Park next door neighbour and long time supporter.

Roberta Lynch -DSA member. Debs-Thomas-Harrington Dinner speaker in 1983.

William McNary-Chicago DSA Debs-Thomas-Harrington Dinner guest speaker in 2005. MacNary also has close ties to the Communist Party and is a close friend and supporter of Barack Obama.

Calvin Morris-Chicago DSA Debs-Thomas-Harrington Dinner honoree 2006.

David Orr-Cook County Clerk. Chicago DSA Debs-Thomas-Harrington Dinner guest in 1983 and 1993 and guest speaker in 1988.

Peter Orris- a founder with Quentin Young of Physicians for a National Health Plan. A Communist Party member until 1991- now a leader of CCDS.

Jane Ramsey-ChicagoDSA Debs-Thomas-Harrington Dinner honoree 2009, with Timuel Black.

Bettylu Saltzman-A long time Obama supporter and fundraiser.

Jan Schakowsky -Chicago DSA Debs-Thomas-Harrington Dinner honoree in 2000, guest speaker in 2004 and a guest in 1993. A long time Obama supporter.

Jeremiah Stamler-A life long medical and activist colleague of Quentin Young and Yolanda Hall. A 1960s "Fifth Amendment" Communist.

John Conyers

One of the key speakers at the Quentin Young event was Michigan Democratic Congressman John Conyers-a leading proponent of "single payer" Healthcare.

Conyers praised Quentin Young , Danny Davis and Jan Schakowsky for their efforts on the health issue.

He stated that "we" were pushing "single payer" long before Barack Obama came out in favour of the idea while still an Illinois State Senator.

He also makes it very clear that he and the comrades will not be satisfied with anything but fully socialized healthcare.



Conyers of course has a long Communist front record. He is also very close to Democratic Socialists of America-addressing their founding conference in Detroit in 1982 and their National Convention in the same city in 2003.

Promoting "single payer"

HMPRG personnel promote "single payer" in every possible forum, at every possible opportunity.




In June 2008 HMPRG vice president Claudia Fegan addressed the "How Class Works" conference at Stonybrook New York-on the subject "Putting Single-Payer Health Care in the Mix."

Other conference speakers included Progressives for Obama founder Bill Fletcher Jr. and Michele Rossi of DSA, Harry Targ, Meta Van Sickle, Carl Bloice, Ira Grupper, Mark Solomon and Manning Marable of CCDS, plus recently elected AFL-CIO president and "single payer" advocate, Richard Trumka.


Claudia Fegan spoke on "single payer" health care and HR 676, Rep. John Conyers' bill, at the HR 676 Congressional caucus reception during the Democratic National Convention, August 26, 2008-she is introduced by former Democratic Socialists of America National director, Michael Lighty.




Mildred Williamson-an HMPRG board member and Illinois Public Health official, was a member of the Communist Party until 1991, when she left to join CCDS.


She is also is an admirer of the Cuban health system. On April 24 2007 at the School of The Art Institute Auditorium, Chicago, Williamson and CCDS comrade Dr Peter Orris held a discussion following the screening of "Salud" a documentary exploring Cuba’s healthcare system & global initiatives...


Mildred Williamson strongly advocated "single payer" at a CCDS midwest regional meeting in August 2007. The meeting went on to to recommend that national CCDS should;

...develop a position paper and a variety of informational materials on the health care crisis, the threat to the basic healthcare infrastructure in the United States, and a single payer national health care system. These materials should be broadly disseminated.

Mildred Williamson is one of several CCDS endorsers of the Progressives for Obama website.

Linda Rae Murray is immediate past president of HMPRG. Like Mildred williamson she was a member of the Communist Party until 1991 and has since been close to CCDS-and to to DSA.

At Chicago DSA's 1993 Debs - Thomas - Harrington Dinner;

Dr. Murray cautioned about what might be presented as a national health plan and the need for a real radical change in the medical delivery system in our country: the need for public health to be given the consideration it needs, the need to realize that the Canadian single payer plan was the way to go... The insurance industry and the pharmaceutical industry have to be met head-on.


In May 2005, Chicago Democratic Socialists of America honored Linda Rae Murray at their annual Debs - Thomas - Harrington Dinner.

For your advocacy of universal health care as a right of all citizens;
For your service to the community in the field of public health;
For your willingness to speak out against the injustices of an unequal society;
The Debs - Thomas - Harrington Dinner Committee does hereby present you with its annual award this 6th day of May, 2005.


Linda Rae Murray has addressed forums organised by the Spirit of 1848 caucus within the American Public Health Association. The Caucus is openly Marxist and claims that I848 was the year of many "progressive" social advances including the writing of the Communist Manifesto.

At the October 2008 APHA conference in San Diego, the Medicare, Spirit of 1848, Women's and Socialist Caucuses within APHA co-sponsored the P. Ellen Parsons Memorial Session, on “Health Access & The Elections: What Happened, What Didn’t”

Linda Rae Murray used the occasion to attack private healthcare provision and promote the socialist alternative.

Linda Rae Murray, as discussant, then spoke to the importance of not staying stuck in an overly complicated policy-wonk mode but instead appealing to people’s sense of fairness, framing health care as a human right, and making clear the current system does not work and incremental efforts at reform have made little or no difference.

She also emphasized that one reason that efforts over the past 100 years have failed is that creating a system that fairly provides universal health coverage is a way of redistributing wealth, which goes against capitalist ideology, such that it requires taking this ideology head-on...


In November 2009 Linda Rae Murray, a 30-year member of American Public Health Association —the largest public health organization in the world, was elected president of the organization on a platform that stated;

If we are going to make progress toward a healthy nation we have to overcome those issues which divide us; issues of racism, immigrant rights, gender discrimination and workers’ rights. It is only through unity that we will have the strength to the changes our country needs...

The United States must join the rest of the industrialized world in guaranteeing the right to medical care to everyone, including those in the country without proper documents. I agree with the APHA position that the best way to accomplish this is through a single payer insurance plan.


Socialists won't quit on "single payer"



Quentin Young (left), Linda Rae Murray (second from left), Claudia Fegan (center) Barack Obama (right) at Quentin Young's 80th birthday celebration, 2003.

CCDS leader Manning Marable, wrote in the British Marxist journal Socialist Review December 2008;


What makes Obama different is that he has also been a community organiser. He has read left literature, including my works, and he understands what socialism is.

A lot of the people working with him are, indeed, socialists with backgrounds in the Communist Party or as independent Marxists. There are a lot of people like that in Chicago who have worked with him for years...


Indeed there are-and many of them are "single payer" advocates.

Quentin Young claims credit for turning Barack Obama into a "single payer" advocate when the President was an Illinois State Senator.

It is clear that the Marxists who guided Obama's career in Chicago want a return on their investment.

It is also clear that he socialists and communists around Quentin Young and John Conyers will accept no compromise measures.

If the US Senate passes even the mildest of Healthcare Bills, the socialists will use the leverage to push for greater and greater changes, until US medicine is under complete state control.

With one sixth of the US economy socialized, the far left will then turn their attention to the rest.

It will be downhill coasting for the socialists and a downhill slide for America.

Please send this post to both of your Senators for some Christmas reading and reflection.

Please let them know that America's freedom and prosperity lies in their hands.

Obama File 93 here

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Hi. As I wrote the last time I was commenting on your post we have a single payer system in Canada and it works very well. There's nothing socializing about it (at least not in Canada). Maybe American citizens are just afraid of it because they don't have enough information about it. On the other hand, I must admit I know more about the Canadian single payer system than the American proposal, which can be very different.
Take care,
Lorne

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Wow, well done Trevor. You must spend quite a bit of time digging through all sorts of online marxist/progressive material so as to connect all the dots. Hats off to you!

I only wish that the US were heading towards a "Europeanization" of our country. Between our train wreck of an economy, the global climate scam (U.S. EPA positioning itself to regulate "air") and everything else happening (all those things Obama and/or Congress passes on late weekend evenings and holidays), I fear it's going to be much worse. This is looking like the Perfect Storm really. 2010 is going to be very interesting. Hopefully you New Zealanders are well positioned to weather this storm better than the rest of us.

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