The conservative newspaper, now part of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire, was forced to run three corrections after printing her 500+ word screed.
Somers likened the Affordable Care Act, as it’s formally known, to “socialized medicine,” and said it was a bigger Ponzi Scheme than Wall Street financier Bernie Madoff’s $50 billion fraud.
But there were some caveats, according to Slatest.
For one, she wrote that Russian Revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin said “Socialized medicine is the keystone to the arch of the socialist state.” Except there is no proof he ever said anything like that, the paper corrected.
She also wrote that famous English wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill once said: “Control your citizens’ health care and you control your citizens.”
Unfortunately, Churchill never said anything like that either; at least the paper could find no evidence to that effect, it noted.
Of course, this is only one celebrity’s opinion, and you know how loony they can be. Except the column appeared in The Journal’s “The Experts” section.
The page is supposed to be reserved for “an exclusive group of industry, academic and cultural thought leaders who weigh in on the latest debates.”
Somers, of course, fancies herself an expert on health care, even though she has no formal medical training.
She advocates hormone replacement therapy to remain youthful in dosages that scare the pants off doctors. She recommends a regimen of creams, injections and some 60 supplements daily, many of which are not FDA approved.
The American Cancer Society has also criticized her for promoting “alternative cancer treatments” in one of her books.
Oh.. and, she also opposes fluoridation of public water, a debate that was settled in the 1950s. Yep, a real expert.