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This Mask and Wig Alum Punks Health Insurance Industry Conference In Song (MUST-SEE VIDEO!)

Last week, Jesse Tendler (W’02, Eng’03, Mask and Wig) and his liberal activist group Billionaires for Wealthcare interrupted *AHIP pollster Bill McInturff during his closing speech of the insurance lobby’s conference.

No stranger to musical spoofs from his Mask and Wig days, Jesse and company did their own rendition of “Tomorrow” from the musical Annie.

The video you see above has already gotten the attention of MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, the Huffington Post, and was even tweeted by Ashton Kutcher (and let’s not forget about how his wife Demi tweeted about THIS video sensation from other Mask and Wig alum!)

*FYI, per the Billionaires for Wealthcare, here’s the skinny on “AHIP”:

*AHIP is the powerful insurance lobby that spends 5 million dollars a week trying to kill health care reform. Billionaires for Wealthcare is a grassroots network looking to stop them – with song.

• AHIP and other insurance and HMO interests spend nearly $5 million per week undermining real health care reform, including a public option.

• AHIP has resorted to out-right lying and scare tactics to block health care reform. They sent letters that lie to seniors about what health care reform means for Medicare, and they issued a report on the costs of health care reform legislation that is so misleading even the reports embarrassed authors distanced themselves from the way AHIP used their work.

• Every year, 45,000 people die because they cant get access to the health care they need. Yet AHIP continues to stand in the way of health care reform that would provide coverage to millions of Americans because the industry is more concerned with protecting profits than saving lives.

Check out the Lyrics to “Public Option Annie” HERE +/-

(to the tune of “Tomorrow” from Annie)

SINGER #1
No, thank you!
FOR KILLING THE PUBLIC OPTION
AND BLOCKING ANY HOPES OF ITS ADOPTION
THANK YOU, SIR!

SINGER #2
Sure,
BUT WHAT ABOUT COMPETITION?
IT’S AN OLD AMERICAN TRADITION
OR SO I’VE HEARD?

SINGER #1
Meh.

SINGER #3
WHEN OLYMPIA SNOWE
SAID NO,
IT CROAKED
Right?

SINGER #2
NO, THE OPTION’S NOT DEAD

SINGER #3
OR RED!

SINGER #1
EXPLAIN!
Who let these hippies in here?

SINGERS #2 AND #3, and CHORUS MEMBERS
IF WE GET A PUB-
LIC OPTION
WE CAN SNIFF OUT WASTE
JUST LIKE A DACHSUND
COSTS COME DOWN!

SINGER #1
Hey, those “costs” are my profits!

SINGERS #2 AND #3, and CHORUS MEMBERS
THE OPTION
THE OPTION
THE PUBLIC WANTS OPTIONS
WITHOUT IT,
IT’S A GIVEAWAY

SINGER #1
Exactly. To us. Am I in the right room?
THE OPTION
THE OPTION
THE PUBLIC WANTS AN OPTION

SINGERS #2 AND #3, and CHORUS MEMBERS
OR REFORM IS A CORP’RATE GIVE-A-WAY!

SINGER #1
Well, I’ve heard enough – my helicopter is parked in a handicap space.

…And check out this other hysterical “Annie” take-off video from yet another Mask and Wig alum HERE!

More of my DT “Politics” posts HERE

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