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Boycott Will Ferrell? Or Watch This Instead



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I really enjoy Will Ferrell’s movies, and I never knew he was a MoveOn.org activist. So, I was really depressed to see this self-styled “Public Service Announcement” advocating the federal government take-over of people’s access to medical services. It’s a lame attempt to satirize health-insurance executives as the “real victims” of the government take-over, produced for MoveOn.org and featuring Mr. Ferrell and a bunch of other actors whom I guess I’m supposed to recognize but don’t.

But what could I do? Boycott Will Ferrell’s movies? Fortunately, revenge is a dish best served with humor, so my depression lifted when I saw this bowdlerization by a group of advocates for individual choice in health care. It appeals to Obama and Congress to pay more attention to “overpaid celebrities” in the health-reform debate, instead of economists, physicians, and the Congressional Budget Office.

It’s at least twice as good as the original MoveOn.org version.

— 
John R. Graham is director of Health Care Studies at the Pacific Research Institute.



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