Meet the Health Care Astroturfers

Finally, after a week of leftist complaints that the health care debate is being controlled by “astroturfers” — faux grassroots activists actually in the back pocket of super-rich special interests — MSNBC’s “The Ed Show” gave its viewers a chance to see such an activist. Unfortunately, he’s a leftist who supports socialized medicine.

Former “West Wing” writer Lawrence O’Donnell filled in for Ed Schultz (who, with a touch of pseudo-populism, says he’s “gone fishin’”). O’Donnell opened the show by discussing “a strategy on how to combat these townhall uprisings.” Given the violence directed toward conservatives at these meetings, the word “combat” proved prophetic. O’Donnell’s guest was Roger Hickey, co-director of the Campaign for America’s Future (CAF).

As I noted in this weekend’s lead story on FrontPage Magazine, CAF is a George Soros-funded organization founded by a collection of avowed socialists. At CAF’s annual conference, Howard Dean announced a scheme of other Soros-funded, far-Left organizations (including CAF) to stage mass protests and spend up to $82 million promoting health care “reform.” Hickey acknowledged on MSNBC, “We have a network of activists around the country who are dedicated to moving health care reform, and they have been working on this for the last two years.” And the Soros funds have been flowing even longer than that.

Hickey also co-founded CAF’s sister organization, the Institute for America’s Future, which received $800,000 from the Open Society Institute in 2007 alone. Yet Hickey dismissed average Americans who oppose socialized medicine as “representing special interests.” Other IAF grants include $20,000 from the Barbra Streisand Foundation. Yes, Hickey speaks for just-plain-folks.

Hickey insisted,  “The majority of the American people want health care reform; they just want a little more details.” However, the majority of Americans do not approve of this bill. On Wednesday, a Quinnipiac poll shows 52 percent of Americans disapprove of ObamaCare.

But then, most Americans don’t receive their salary from George Soros and Babs.

This story originally appeared on Friday, August 7, 2009, on NewsRealblog.