So the young kid you see here in this photograph of a rally against health care reform wants someone’s hands kept off his health care. I wonder, does he know what kind of medical insurance he has, or how his health care provider gets the money it needs to stay in business?
WJBF, the Georgia television station that provided this picture, didn’t report on what the kid actually thought on his own about health care reform. He knew enough to hold up that “Hands Off My Health Care” sign, though.
And who gave him that guidance? Squint and look in the corner of the sign, and you’ll see that it was manufactured by an organization called Americans for Prosperity. Who’s that? A grassroots organization in the city of Augusta, where the rally was held? Hardly.
Americans for Prosperity is a big, corprorate-funded organization that specializes in the creation of astroturf (fake grassroots) campaigns to serve the corporate interests. It’s worked on behalf of tobacco companies, for example, to fight against outdoor bans of smoking.
Now, Americans for Prosperity is moving its astroturf operations in order to oppose health care reform, on behalf of… who exactly? That’s a mystery, because Americans for Prosperity refuses to reveal exactly which corporations are funding its anti-reform activities.
The President of Americans for Prosperity is Tim Phillips, who previously worked at Century Strategies, a company that helped lobbyist Jack Abramoff launder money to bribe legislators with.
Are these the people whose hands this kid wants on his health care – or does he think that just having the insurance companies’ hands on his health care is good enough?