Hollywood’s Obamacare Zombies

Matthew Vadum is an award-winning investigative reporter and the author of the book, "Subversion Inc.: How Obama’s ACORN Red Shirts Are Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off American Taxpayers."


zombie_doctors-620x413If you’re sick and tired of TV news broadcasts spewing pro-Obamacare propaganda, get ready to be inundated with even more progressive health care proselytizing in the dramas and comedies that follow those news shows.

For this you have the left-wing California Endowment to thank. The radical philanthropy is in the news because it is funding Obamacare public outreach efforts.

As Newsmax reports, the Obama administration is “turning its focus on prime time television series, using the influential platform and the power of celebrity to spread the word about its healthcare initiative.”

With the White House’s blessing, the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Norman Lear Center, which has something called a “Hollywood, Health & Society program,” has accepted a $500,000 grant from the left-wing California Endowment to help TV producers condition the masses into supporting Obama’s Soviet-style health care program.

USC will aim to keep producers, writers, and directors up to speed so they can incorporate the latest information into their storylines. It will also generate public service announcements to match the TV shows’ storylines.

“Our experience has shown that the public gets just as much, if not more, information about current events and important issues from their favorite television shows and characters as they do from the news media and online resources,” said Martin Kaplan, head of the USC program. The grant “will allow us to ensure that industry practitioners have up-to-date, relevant facts on health care reform to integrate into their storylines and projects.”

The program, which also aids in the spread of Al Gore’s anthropogenic global warming hysteria, boasts that its “storytelling resources” have contributed to more than 550 “Hollywood, Health & Society-assisted storylines over the span of three years.”

It has placed left-wing political propaganda in a plethora of popular broadcast and cable TV shows including “All My Children,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Boston Legal,” “Breaking Bad,” “CSI,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Dexter,” “Gilmore Girls,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Judging Amy,” “Law & Order,” “Mad Men,” “Malcolm in the Middle,” “NCIS,” “24,” “West Wing,” “The Wire,” and even the alleged CBS News program “60 Minutes.”

The Hollywood, Health & Society program’s advisory board includes a galaxy of big-name players in the entertainment industry. Among them are: Michelle Alban, a vice president at Telemundo; Kelly Delap, a vice president at Disney ABC Networks Group; David Foster, writer and executive producer of “House” on Fox; Vince Gilligan, writer and executive producer of “Breaking Bad” on AMC; Christopher Keyser, president of Writers Guild of America-West; actress Judith Light, best known for her role on “Who’s The Boss?”; Thom Mount, CEO of Reliant Pictures Corp.; actress and left-wing activist Gloria Reuben of “ER” fame; and Michael Roberts, executive vice president for current programming at The CW.

With its anti-social left-wing mission, the misnamed Hollywood, Health & Society program can inflict a lot of damage to American culture and the body politic.

The Los Angeles-based California Endowment that is funding the HH&S program has been working to undermine American freedoms for years. The wealthy charitable organization had a little under $3.3 billion in net assets as of March 31, 2012, according to its most recent publicly available tax return (Form 990-PF).

The philanthropy is closely associated with political extremism.

Going back to 1999, the philanthropy has given $50.4 million (23 grants) to the notorious neo-Marxist Tides Foundation in San Francisco and an astounding $87 million (187 grants) to its sister organization, the Tides Center, which incubates new leftist groups. The Tides network, whose then-leader Drummond Pike participated in the attempted cover-up of a million-dollar embezzlement at ACORN, has close ties to the preeminent funder of the Left, radical anti-American billionaire George Soros.

Since 2001, the California Endowment has also given $4.9 million (29 grants) to Families USA Foundation, a pro-Obamacare activist group.

Obama’s labor secretary, Sharia law supporter and immigration amnesty champion Thomas Perez, was a paid consultant to the California Endowment and the George Soros-funded Public Health Institute. Soros, along with Hugo Chavez, the late communist leader of Venezuela, funded Casa de Maryland, an open-borders group on whose board Perez served.

Soros, incidentally, has been funding left-wing cinematic propaganda for years. Soros’s foundation, the Open Society Institute has been underwriting “social justice” documentaries since 1996. In 2001 Soros let actor Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute take over management of his Soros Documentary Fund, which was rechristened the Soros/Sundance Documentary Fund.

Meanwhile, some otherwise mild-mannered lawmakers are losing patience with the architect of the administration’s Obamacare rollout strategy.

Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), hardly a conservative firebrand, called upon bungling Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to fall on her sword “for gross incompetence” in preparing the legendarily botched initial six-month implementation phase of the online insurance markets required by the Affordable Care Act.

“In the absence of a full repeal of Obamacare, which is my preference, we need new leadership from top to bottom,” Roberts said last week. “I am calling on the secretary to resign.”

“Today, we know, the problems with the exchanges are systematic, profound and indisputable,” the senator said. “And yet the secretary won’t shoot straight with the American people.

Sebelius, a former Kansas governor and lobbyist for vulturous trial lawyers, dove deep last year, swimming with the worst of the coprophagic bottom-feeders of the activist Left in a quest to recruit fellow thugs from Al Sharpton’s gang to help con the American people into supporting Obamacare.

“In our country what we know is healthcare inequality [has been] one of the most persistent forms of injustice but over the past three years, as Rev. Sharpton reminded us, we have begun to turn the tide,” Sebelius told an audience in April 2012. “Now is not the time to turn back.”

“We know that the best way to keep moving in the right direction is to get people the facts. Right now there are a lot of people who are benefiting from this law who don’t even know that’s why they are benefiting.”

By virtue of her post at HHS, a federal agency whose very existence would make the Founding Fathers tremble in anger, Sebelius virtually runs the federal Leviathan.

According to Sebelius’s testimony before Congress this past June, the proposed budget for the federal fiscal year that began two weeks ago “totals $967.3 billion in outlays and proposes $80.1 billion in discretionary budget authority.”

Assuming the $967.3 billion and $80.1 billion are two separate pools of money, as her use of the word and suggests, then the proposed fiscal 2014 budget for HHS is a staggering $1.0474 trillion. That’s trillion with a ‘T,’ or $1,047,000,000,000.

The $1 trillion-plus figure for the welfare agency known as HHS is so huge the Obama administration goes to great lengths to hide it from the public. A White House summary intended for public consumption doesn’t even mention the total proposed annual spending figure for the meddlesome do-gooders at HHS, tiptoeing around the frightening sum, while lovingly laying out the details of the Left’s we-know-what’s-best-for-you social programs.

Of course, it’s difficult to know what’s really going on in Washington’s ledger sheets. Government accounting is inherently deceptive, designed to paper over the relentless growth of useless vote-buying programs and the ugly redistributionism that is crowding out civil society.

Sebelius has also unleashed the leftovers of the radical crime syndicate ACORN, President Obama’s ally and former employer, on unsuspecting communities. This means that as you read this article community organizers with a track record for fraud and identity theft are getting their hands on important personal information such as income figures and Social Security numbers of those they convince to sign up for Obamacare.

This is the new normal in the Obama era.

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  • objectivefactsmatter

    “As Newsmax reports, the Obama administration is “turning its focus on prime time television series, using the influential platform and the power of celebrity to spread the word about its healthcare initiative.””

    An even more blatant partisan propaganda campaign.

    • gerry

      No problem, when your are sick go and see those celebrities for assistance.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    “healthcare inequality”

    Oh please. What next? Surgery to correct height disparity?

    Why can only a few people see how deranged these politicians are?

    • gerry

      Healthcare inequality?What about the exemptions and th waivers,are they inequalities?

      • objectivefactsmatter

        “Healthcare inequality?What about the exemptions and th waivers,are they inequalities?”

        THE FACT THAT WE NEED THESE MEASURES PROVES WE ACTUALLY NEED EVEN MORE SOCIALISM!

    • retro22

      Hey,objectivefactsmatter,they already have the technology for correcting height disparity.The powers that be use a machine called a “Guillotine”!

      • objectivefactsmatter

        Well there will be a lot of that going around once “true communism” is achieved and the moochers no longer serve any use for the new oligarchy.

  • A Z

    The only show on the list that I watch is Breaking Bad, which is now over.

    Scr?w American TV. I was thinking of subscribing to Chinese TV.

  • davarino

    This government is using the same tactics as the old Soviet Union, except much more subtle and effective. The USSR had Pravda, we have ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC,…..etc. Who would ever have thought it would happen here. Although, back in the day, those same networks (minus CNN and MSNBC) were a little more blatant. I remember wondering, as a child, why all those networks were covering the same news at the same time. Its like they were all working together, Hmmmmmmmm.
    And we’re told there is no media bias.

    • Robert Lande

      The mainstream media should be called collectively, “Pravda West”.

    • tagalog

      I agree, with one exception: I don’t think it’s very subtle. In fact sometimes it’s pretty ham-handed.

      • https://www.facebook.com/arobert6 Alice Robertson

        It worked with the homosexual lobby. A mind blowing cocktail of Hollywood writers, add liberal teachers, and over-reliance on drugs and government…..using the right to vote in a reckless, immoral manner…..you feel doomed:)

  • ServosT

    Why isn’t George “Dr. Evil” Soros a household name? This purely evil individual has been manipulating thing behind the scenes for way too long.

  • http://alakhtal.wordpress.com/ Obaid Karki

    When their founding fathers landed in America. There were 100 million Buffaloes and 10 trillion salmon now their broods importing Monsanto fed GMO beef from New Zealand and Cloned Salmon from Chile. This is a harsh justification to say that Republican illiterates and Teeebaagerzz Preppers got nothing to do with shagging America. Debt ain’t perspective no mo. It’s Fiat! China, Russia, Japan & GCC Thugocracies pegged their monetary against it. None of those Pseudo-Economies will dump T-Bonds that they hold unless they’re carving their own tombstone.

    Government shutdown could be avoided only if OBAMACARE renamed BOEHNERCARE and Liberal Hippies along with Blacks’ overpriced Liposuction is omitted from the Bill then everybody can go home early.

    Boehner spent all his life sucking booze outta scrubbing sponge in his sister’s bar in Ohio. Now he’s the most powerful Drunken on planet earth. Shutdown is a GODSEND miracle to show the world how America is venerable and run by amateurs. Republicans gonna lose the House and the White House’ for good this time. Never mind about the Senate its GOP’s Everlasting Farfetched Daydream; especially when Teeebaagerzz are shagged between the aisles as we speak. Wrecking every bill rigged by the Koch Brothers. Deranged GOP Preppers are DESERTING the battle ground for Corrupt Reprimanded Democrats, Liberal Hippies and Zionist lobby to finish America.

    BARACK OBAMA: THE MOST SUCCESSFUL PRESIDENT IN US HISTORY. (Besides Boehner ‘the nightmare’) more Jack Daniel’s John gavel to gavel.

    1. Obama Generated 17 trillion Dollars debt pleasing Deranged Republicans and Kochsuckers Teeebaagerzz to save his own tailgate.

    2. Obama Delivered Iraq & Syria to Iran as shooting ranges for al Qaeda freshmen, doled Afghanistan and Pakistan to Taliban, turned Egypt to Junta Warlords deathbeds and ditched Africa to Alshabaaaab Surge.

    3. Obama Unemployed 15% of USA saving the endangered species of GM, Ford & Chrysler and the rest of industrial dinosaurs.

    4. Every 3 Airbus jets sold one Boeing is leased and grounded right away due to overheating batteries

    5. Failed Putin to strike another Cold War in desperate attempt to rescue Bankrupt Seigniorage Banksters.

    6. Obama Turned USA [the country] which founded on Scriptural law principles to a Banana Republic.

    7. Obama led American’s to Welfare lines with stunning 32% increase.

    8. As Potus skipped ASEAN. Chinese began chewing fetus, cooking and eating their own babies, and drinking their wives milk to alter DNA Genomics.

    9. 1st amendment ain’t freedom of speech and Natural Selection for Survival of the Fittest no mo but Milgram Paid Edition crude propaganda.

    10. Obama turned DC to an Israeli Brothel and made America as Planet-Prison.

    Nobody hates Americans. They’re Brainwashed FOXNEWS Zombies scarecrowed by Media Whoresmanure crude propaganda. They’re terrorized to travel overseas and enjoy world civilizations. Americans ain’t but tax Generating Livestock confined into FEMA Camps, fed Monsanto GMOs and edutained Junkscience to live in Mickey-Mouse Utopia smoking pot.

    Mea Culpa. Whenever I type TeaParty my spellchecker changes it to Teeebaagerzz. I am a Paulite Constitutionalist Libertarian from UAE ain’t Liberal Hippie. TeaParty movement is our creation. We, the Paulite Libertarian who dropped Tea Leaves in Boston Harbor in 25 Dec 2008. It’s a colorless revolution Pioneered by our Honorable Leader Ron Paul. TeaParty movement is hijacked by Kochsuckers. Libertarianism ain’t childplay.

    Ron Paul intellectual revolution ain’t political shenanigan for fools to crow about. It’s Philosophy of Economics, no interventionist foreign policy and civil liberties. ‘Nobody spends somebody else’s money as wisely as they spend their own’. Milton Friedman.

    • UCSPanther

      Obvious troll is obvious.

      • http://alakhtal.wordpress.com/ Obaid Karki

        Boooring gooogledjunk. anyway. Get Jimmy Fallon trash
        I feel your pain. Shave your legs.

        • UCSPanther

          Looks like we have someone with a sub-par IQ…

    • objectivefactsmatter

      “When their founding fathers landed in America. There were 100 million Buffaloes and 10 trillion salmon now their broods importing Monsanto fed GMO beef from New Zealand and Cloned Salmon from Chile.”

      Damn you are stupid.

      • http://alakhtal.wordpress.com/ Obaid Karki

        Don’t blame me for your menopause.

  • Tchiock

    It is our fault for not sounding off enough to Congress. We sit back complacently and hope it will all go away. The smut and trash being taught in government schools, indecent sounds and rhythmic rhetoric coming from noise boxes and blast stages, vomit, violent, movies—Bring in the Clowns, Morrisons, Garcias and other Trojan Whore-ses to trash the minds of the young.. Who teaches the Classics (Literature, music, art, history) anymore?
    We need to stand up and sound off!!

  • Donald J DaCosta

    “Our experience has shown that the public gets just as much, if not
    more, information about current events and important issues from their favorite television shows and characters as they do from the news media and online resources,”

    Gee! If only we’d known, there might have been an effort to counter this hitherto unknown characteristic of human nature. Lies, character assassination and misrepresentation and political fantasy presented in dramatic fashion with the handsome, appealing, glamorous faces of the “heroes” and their scripted, hip, cogent, snappy dialogue so much more appealing than the dour, buttoned down “villains” dipped in nasty rhetoric and dripping with the carefully created mantle of “conservatism,” incompetence and evil intent.

    The carefully structured drama easily trumps the plain spoken truth from plain, average, unglamorous individuals swimming wide of the carefully created “main stream.” Matt Damon, George Clooney, Alex Baldwin vs Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin and David Horowitz. The OWS “patriots” vs the Tea Party, tea bagging,
    terrorist bigots. Muslim outreach, “the religion of peace” vs victims of “Islamophobic” racist, bigots (what race is Islam again?).

    In a perverse sense, interesting, is it not, that Hollywood and the television media loudly proclaim that their violent programming has absolutely no
    detrimental effect on society. There is no cause and effect between their product and any increase in violent crimes. It’s just drama, fantasy, what could be the harm? Allowing common sense and reason to succumb to that nonsense likely has much to do with the current level of public ignorance that dominates American society.

    The Obama re-election, the one sided, perpetual denigration of all things and
    all persons Republican is proof that there’s been no effective counter to this cultural onslaught which has, if anything, become more effective over the years. That his Lordship Obama parades around fretting and whining as he waits for the Republicans to come up with a solution to the massive problems he’s created with impunity, unchallenged, testifies to the level of success of this strategy. With the Republicans on the hook, no matter what the disastrous result of Obama’s refusal to negotiate, they will most assuredly be blamed and any attempt at a defense will be massaged, manipulated and transformed into proof of guilty as charged. This is modern, 21st century reality in America today.

  • physicsnut

    and there will be more and more of this – just like in England.
    where do i begin ?
    1) obamacare POLITICIZES medicine and health care. So the loudmouths will be the squeaky wheel that gets the oil. How come ‘mental health’ but not dental ?
    2) they are blabbering about ‘paying for outcomes’ instead of fee for service. Nice in theory but often doctors have no clue what is causing some weird symptom. What is the outcome ? What do they get paid ?
    3) the insurance model has already been strained beyond the breaking point – everybody wants to have some crazy thing covered – so we end up paying for their procedures or pills.
    4) obamacare is as stupid as the Prohibition amendment and Volstead act. The supreme court could have struck down the stupid stuff, and did not.
    5) they want to pass it even though they don’t know the impact. Where is the impact statement ?
    6) why are they messing with 1/6 of the economy ?
    7) health care is a bottomless pit – so it is not surprising that the cost baloons. And technology is making it more bottomless. Wait until everyone wants genetic therapy for free.
    8) no matter how bad the stupid current system is, obamacare is not a solution. It does not do anything to deal with the costs that have been spinning out of control since the 80s. WHO BROKE IT ?
    9) they drive up the costs, then they institutionalize it, then they force us to buy insurance.
    10) The supreme court did NOT say ‘it is constitutional’ – they said the mandate is just a TAX – sorta like CO2 is a pollutant, and money is speech and a corporation is a person.
    11) – and on and on and on and on and on.
    12) but they will scream bloody murder if you try to get rid of it.

  • physicsnut

    i did plenty of sounding off for 5 years. But PELOSI has a bigger mouth than i do. I have to pay the bills every month, but her constituents want us to pay their bills. This country keeps importing more of them every day.

  • iMissAmerica

    i have a relative who knew and worked with norman lear, i heard a few stories, he’s a shmuck

  • herb benty

    Soros apparently makes his billions when countries collapse.

  • Chris Behme

    Because nothing livens up a tv show or movie more than pandering condescending liberal propaganda.
    This should make those ratings soar.
    And liberals call us dumb.