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Martin Luther King's personal physician in Chicago, longtime friend of Obama: Quentin Young
The Obama File and Discover The Networks

Posted on 01/21/2014 9:42:25 AM PST by ETL

First, a tidbit from the far left Democracy Now:

"Dr. Quentin Young, Longtime Obama Confidante and Physician to MLK" (Martin Luther King)


And now from "The Obama File"...

The primary figure who delivered Obama to the single-payer camp was Quentin Young, an 86-year-old retired physician who was a longtime friend and neighbor of Obama in Chicago.  Young joined the Young Communist League as a teenager in the late 1930s.  From the mid-1940s through the mid-1970s, he was closely associated with the Communist Party.  In October 1968 he was called to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee, which was probing the extent of his knowledge about the riots that had erupted at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago two months earlier.  The Committee accused Young of belonging to the Bethune Club, an organization for communist doctors; the group was named after Norman Bethune, a communist physician who devoted his services to the totalitarian regime of Mao Zedong

Dr. Young was active in the radical movements of the Sixties and Seventies and led a small delegation to Communist North Vietnam in 1972.  In the late 1970s, Young became associated with a Marxist organization known as the New American Movement, which was initially convened by Michael Lerner, an America-hating radical who counseled young people to explore the use of LSD and other hallucinogenic drugs as portals to a greater comprehension of socialist principles.

In 1980 Young founded the Health and Medicine Policy Research Group, a single-payer lobby group whose Board of Directors he chairs to this day.  In 1982 Young helped establish the Democratic Socialists of America, which, as the principal U.S. affiliate of the Socialist International, asserts that "many structures of our government and economy must be radically transformed."  In 1987 Young co-founded Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), a single-payer advocacy organization where he currently serves as national coordinator. In PNHP’s view, government-run healthcare "should be financed by truly progressive taxation."

In 1995 Young attended the now-famous meeting at the Hyde Park home of former Weather Underground terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, where Barack Obama was first introduced to influential locals as the hand-picked successor to Alice Palmer, a pro-Soviet radical who planned to vacate her Illinois State Senate seat in pursuit of a higher elected office.  Young quickly became a friend and political ally of Obama, teaching the latter about the merits of single-payer healthcare. 

In a 2009 interview with Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!, Young reminisced about the germination of his ideological kinship with the young Obama:

"Barack Obama, in those early days [as a state senator] -- influenced, I hope, by me and others -- categorically said single payer was the best way, and he would inaugurate it if he could get the support, meaning [Democratic] majorities in both houses, which he’s got, and the presidency, which he’s got.  And he said that on more than one occasion…."

Another noteworthy influence on Obama’s views vis à vis healthcare has been Dr. Peter Orris, who co-founded Physicians for a National Health Program with Quentin Young.  The son of a Communist Party member, Orris in the 1960s was a leader of Harvard University’s campus chapter of Students for a Democratic Society, the New Leftist organization that aspired to overthrow America’s democratic institutions and remake the nation’s government in a Marxist image.  He later joined the Communist Party (CP) for more than two decades, before ultimately shifting his allegiance to the CP splinter group, Committees of Correspondence, where he remains a prominent figure to this day.

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From David Horowitz's
PROFILE: Quentin Young

An admirer of Fidel Castro, Young is proud that two of his children traveled to Cuba as members of the Venceremos Brigades to cut sugar cane and pick oranges. (The Venceremos Brigades were organized by Castro's Cuban intelligence agency, which trained "brigadistas" in guerrilla warfare techniques, including the use of arms and explosives.)

* Longtime supporter of communist causes
* Was active in the anti-war and civil rights movements of the 1960s
* Helped establish the Democratic Socialists of America
* Co-founded Physicians for a National Health Program, an advocacy organization that lobbies on behalf of a single-payer, government-run healthcare system
* Friend and supporter of Barack Obama
* Longtime friend of Bernardine Dohrn and Bill Ayers

Lots more at the link:

1 posted on 01/21/2014 9:42:25 AM PST by ETL
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2 posted on 01/21/2014 9:42:38 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page:
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O golly gee. Next we’ll have an essay by Obama about how he was present at the King assassination in his dreams! sarc/off

3 posted on 01/21/2014 9:46:32 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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In the past week, I saw several articles (from liberals) regardling MLK. Every now and then there would be a single line “critics said he was aligned with Communists” or “they called him a Communist”.

Never did see any evidence offered to COUNTER the assertion that MLK was increasingly aligned with Communists and making Marxist claims of labor inequality.

It “enough” that his critics accused him of Communist sympathies therefore they were “bad”.

4 posted on 01/21/2014 9:47:09 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: a fool in paradise

WOW! That’s hard to believe that the “lyin’ king” would associate with commies and socialists. Hmmmm. Didn’t his grandparents belong the the little red church before moving to Hey-why-he?

5 posted on 01/21/2014 9:50:16 AM PST by rktman (Under my plan(scheme), the price of EVERYTHING will necessarily skyrocket! Period.)
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To: a fool in paradise
"He said the progressive politics that inspired him to work in a Black Panthers clinic and march with King were more a product of geography than a hard-fought revelation.

'I had the good fortune of being surrounded by progressive people,' Young said of growing up in Hyde Park during the Great Depression when there were still more than 100 outspoken communists in the neighborhood."

6 posted on 01/21/2014 10:03:18 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page:
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To: LucyT

Ping to Obama’s Hyde Park long-time commie physician associate, Quentin Young “in the neighborhood”...

7 posted on 01/21/2014 12:13:02 PM PST by Seizethecarp (Defend aircraft from "runway kill zone" mini-drone helicopter swarm attacks:
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To: Seizethecarp; butterdezillion; MestaMachine; Rushmore Rocks; Oorang; sweetiepiezer; blueyon; ...
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Ping to Obama’s Hyde Park long-time commie physician associate, Quentin Young “in the neighborhood”

. . . . Article, and # 1 through # 6.

Thanks Seizethecarp, and ETL.

8 posted on 01/21/2014 10:01:41 PM PST by LucyT ( If you're NOT paranoid, you don't know what's going on.)
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To: LucyT; maggief

Know its a stretch but any connection between the Chicago Youngs ?
Dr and murdered man?

9 posted on 01/22/2014 12:15:40 AM PST by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then or now)
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Nope. Doc is very light-skinned caucasian, the choir director obviously of African ancestry.

10 posted on 01/22/2014 10:30:05 AM PST by Jedidah
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Conservatives are obviously doing it wrong. We aren’t long time personal BFFs of all the other conservatives across the nation like the commies seem to be. Or did I just not get the special restroom key and told about the secret handshake?

11 posted on 01/22/2014 12:38:14 PM PST by bgill
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To: Jedidah

Of at least his mother is? Any one in the family with mixed roots?

12 posted on 01/22/2014 4:31:16 PM PST by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then or now)
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