Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Suburban Mom's Political Fix: Actors Take on Health Care Reform, Backed by MoveOn.Org

Will Farrell, Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Masi Oka (Heroes), Olivia Wilde (House), Jordana Spiro (My Boys) and other celebs have made a razor-sharp, satirical public service announcement spoof where they pretend to be shilling for insurance company executives, saying that they need to be protected from any potential federal public health insurance option that the president is pitching.

They're rather pointed in their commentary, particularly when they say that the insurance company execs need to hold onto their billions of dollars of profits so they can afford mini-zoos for exotic animals in their backyards, multiple homes and private planes. In one quip, an actor says, "If my kid falls off his bike and breaks his leg, he should have to pay that money out of pocket, out of his allowance." Another adds, "How else is he going to learn not to fall off that bike?"

In skewering insurance companies which reject a health care claim because of something like a typo, Farrell said, "If you spell something wrong, do you really deserve surgery? I don't think so."

The ad, which is on the Funny or Die web site, is funded by the liberal group

Think this video is an effective contribution to the health care insurance reform debate or not?

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