Physicians for a National Healthcare Program
The most memorable action/reaction came from Fox News and CNN. Both networks were so positive that the Supreme Court would invalidate the program, that they repeatedly but mistakenly announced that the individual mandate had been struck down. CNN political reporter John King described it as "a dramatic blow to the policy and to the President, politically." Fox News, too, announced that the Court had found the individual mandate "unconstitutional."
One of the wittiest responses was, of course, visual. Making the rounds on tv and the internet, was a photo-shopped parody of the famously inaccurate banner headline on the front page of the Chicago Tribune from November 3, 1948. Truman had won, but the Chicago Tribune headline stated "Dewey Defeats Truman." The famous photo shows Truman holding up the headline. The contemporary parody shows Obama holding up an Ipad, with the CNN page stating: “Mandate Struck Down.” Obama even heard the wrong news first on Fox…why is he even watching Fox?
Fortunately, the alternative press such as Pacifica’s Democracy Now ! used the opportunity to talk about a single-payer health care, or MEDICARE FOR ALL, which is the topic of our Poster-of-the-Week.
Thank you to Physicians for a National Healthcare Program for letting us feature their poster. We may have 80,000 posters, but very few about single-payer. If any artists or organizations have posters about this issue, or any others, please contact us.