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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Halloween came early to the White House

LIGHTS, camera, agitprop! The curtains opened on yet another artfully staged performance of ObamaCare Theater this week. On the plush lawn outside the West Wing, 150 doctors took their places. 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 guaranteed the "spiffy." As The Post's Charles Hurt reported yesterday, the physicians "were told to bring their white lab coats to make sure that TV cameras captured the image." 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," which organized the White House event in conjunction with Organizing for America, Obama's campaign outfit.
OFA and DFA are behind a massive new ObamaCare ad, letter-writing and doctor-recruitment campaign. The supposedly "grass-roots," nonprofit DFA is a spin-off of Doctors for Obama, a 2008 campaign arm.
DFA claims to have thousands of members with a "variety of backgrounds." But there's little diversity in their views on socialized medicine (98 percent want a taxpayer-funded public-insurance option) -- or in their political contributions.
DFA President and co-founder Dr. Vivek Murthy, 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 New England Steering Committee during the 2008 presidential campaign. (Continues here)

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