Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill.
Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., has a long and friendly history with a U.S.-based socialist organization that seeks to create socialist-style health care.
Schakowsky has been one of the most vocal congressional cheerleaders of Obama’s health-care plan.
Her husband, Robert Creamer, a convicted felon and political consultant with close ties to the Obama administration, was credited with helping to provide a blueprint for the president’s health-care legislation, WND has learned.
Creamer later wrote his health-care platform and declared strategies are not about “policies” – “they are about the distribution of wealth and power.”
Creamer also recommended the president “create” a national consensus that the country’s health-care system is in a state of crisis in order to push a radical new health-care plan.
As WND reported Monday, the Democratic Socialists of America, or DSA, boasted in a newsletter to insiders that 70 of its members currently serve in Congress, including Schakowsky.
The DSA, a political action committee, bills itself as the heir to the defunct Socialist Party of America. Its chief organizing objective is to work within the Democratic Party as the primary, but not sole, method of achieving public ownership of private property and the means of production.
“Stress our Democratic Party strategy and electoral work,” urges an internal organizing document obtained by WND. “The Democratic Party is something the public understands, and association with it takes the edge off. Stressing our Democratic Party work will establish some distance from the radical subculture and help integrate you to the milieu of the young liberals.”
The DSA’s official platform includes cutting defense spending by 50 percent, a massive government public works program to ensure full employment, “Canadian-style, single-payer health care reform” and “broader affirmative action programs in hiring, promotion and scholarship.”
Besides being listed as a DSA member, Schakowsky has been involved with many of their events.
She was honored at the Chicago DSA’s May 2000 Dinner for her “work in Congress and the community.”
She was the keynote speaker at the DSA’s 2004 dinner, which honored Eliseo Medina, international executive vice president of the Service Employees International Union.
Medina is an honorary DSA member. During the most recent presidential campaign, Medina served on Obama’s National Latino Advisory Council.
WND reported Medina, speaking at a 2009 Washington, D.C., conference, declared granting citizenship to millions of illegal aliens would expand the progressive electorate and help ensure a progressive governing coalition for the long term.
While running for Congress in 1998, meanwhile, Schakowsky was endorsed by the DSA and was listed in the socialist group’s official newsletter as an “old friend” and a “real fighter.”
In 2002, she took out a full page ad in the DSA’s dinner pamphlet congratulating the group on its annual dinner.
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Schakowsky’s husband, Creamer, was sentenced to federal prison in 2006 after pleading guilty to bank fraud and withholding taxes while heading Citizen Action of Illinois.
While in prison, he wrote a book titled “How Progressives Can Win.”
Obama’s chief adviser, David Axelrod, touted Creamer’s book as providing “a blueprint for future victories,” including on health care.
His book was endorsed by other leading Democrats and by Andy Stern, a close ally of the president who, as head of the Service Employees International Union, had visited the White House more than any other individual.
During Creamer’s trial, more than 200 people provided letters of support to the court on Creamer’s behalf, including Axelrod and Carol Browner, who is now Obama’s energy czar.
Creamer served as a political consultant to a number of Chicago politicians, including the city’s mayor, Richard Daley, and its fallen governor, Rod Blagojevich.
A section of Creamer’s book, titled “Progressive Agenda for Structural Change,” laid out the blueprint for a national health-care plan and recommended the president create a “national consensus that the health-care system is in crisis.”
Other Creamer recommendations include:
- “We must create a national consensus that health care is a right, not a commodity; and that government must guarantee that right.”
- “Our messaging program over the next two years should focus heavily on reducing the credibility of the health-insurance industry and focusing on the failure of private health insurance.”
- “We need not agree in advance on the components of a plan, but we must foster a process that can ultimately yield consensus.”
- “We must focus especially on the mobilization of the labor movement and the faith community.”
Creamer’s plan, written in 2006, explicitly proposed that it be carried out in 2009, once a “progressive Democrat is elected President” and once Democrats could count on 60 votes in the Senate.
Creamer wrote: “If we succeed in winning health-insurance reform we will have breached the gates of the status quo. We will demonstrate that fundamental change is possible. Into that breach will flow a wave of progressive change.”
In a July 10, 2009, Huffington Post article, Creamer wrote that “progressives” needed to remember seven things to succeed. Foremost among them, that “the critical battles being fought in 2009 are not about ‘policies’ – they are about the distribution of wealth and power.”
Creamer wrote that the money to pay for “exploding health-care costs for families” should come from the pockets of insurance and pharmaceutical companies and that the companies will fight to maintain the status quo.