Suzanne Somers calls Obamacare a 'ponzi scheme' in op-ed

suzanne-somers-obamacare-ponzi-scheme-socialized-medicine.jpgSuzanne Somers, formerly of "Three's Company" and "Step by Step," has written an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal "Experts" section, which purports to offer opinions from "an exclusive group of industry and thought leaders who will engage in in-depth online discussions of topics."

Somers starts the piece by offering up her "credentials": "As a writer of 24 books mostly on health and wellness and by using my celebrity to get to the best and brightest doctors, scientists and medical professionals in the alternative and integrative health-care world, I have come to the following conclusions."

Yes, she's an "expert" because most of her books are about exercise, fighting aging and dieting -- don't forget the book of poetry called "Touch Me" -- and because she's been to see the best doctors money can buy.

The op-ed, which lambasts the Affordable Care Act, has already featured three corrections, two of which included removing entirely some quotes that Somers attributed to Lenin and Churchill but that the paper cannot confirm they ever said:

An earlier version of this post contained a quotation attributed to Lenin ("Socialized medicine is the keystone to the arch of the socialist state") that has been widely disputed. And it included a quotation attributed to Churchill ("Control your citizens' health care and you control your citizens") that the Journal has been unable to confirm.

Her piece is also drawing ire for comparing "Obamacare" to a "socialist Ponzi scheme" and offering anecdotal evidence from Canada's publicly-funded socialized medicine.

Certainly pieces debating the merits of the Affordable Care Act have a place in papers like the Wall Street Journal. But perhaps the paper could have rustled up a better expert than the woman behind the thighmaster?
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