Mehmet Oz, an ultra-millionaire Republican U.S. Senate hopeful, attempted Monday to cast the Democratic opponent, Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor. John Fetterman, as “the most radical candidate in the country” by citing his support for “free healthcare,” a line of attack that was met with widespread derision on social media.
Dr. Oz, a former television host, is following the key Senate contest by double digits, delivered the attack through a crudely animated ad showing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) emerging from Fetterman’s skull holding a sign that reads, “Free healthcare for everyone!”
“Socialized medicine?” the narrator scoffs. “Where did he get these crazy ideas?”
He’s the most radical candidate in the country. pic.twitter.com/Z2jr8yowos
— Dr. Mehmet Oz (@DrOz) August 15, 2022
“Honestly had to double check that this wasn’t a parody account,” Robert Maguire, research director at Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, tweeted in response to the clip, which includes a slew of other attacks on Fetterman’s policy agenda, some of them highly misleading.
Warren Gunnels, Sanders’ staff director, added that “67% of the American people support providing Medicare to every American, including 69% of independents and 87% of Democrats.”
“What’s radical,” Gunnels added, “is 338,000 Americans dying during the pandemic because they could not afford for-profit healthcare.”
Gunnels was referring to a June peer-reviewed study that showed that more than 338,000 U.S. Coronavirus deaths could be prevented if the country had a single payer healthcare system that provided comprehensive coverage for all.
Fetterman has been around for a long time expressed supportFor Medicare for All and promised to cast the decisive Senate voting in support of single payer legislation, a position that led to for-profit healthcare interests. attack himDuring the Democratic primaries. On his campaign website, Fetterman states his view that “healthcare is a fundamental human right — just like housing, food, and education.”
Oz, on the other hand, has pledged to “expand access to private sector plans expanded by President Trump,” an apparent reference to the former president’s executive orderPrivately-run Medicare Advantage plans that are not well-known for being bolstered overchargingPatients denied by the government medically necessary care.
Oz has also vowed to take on healthcare industry “lobbyists and powerful special interests,” not mentioning that he has benefited fromBig Pharma cash.