Rick Scott oversaw the biggest Medicare fraud and author of the GOP Platform to cut Medicare. He inspired INVASION OF THE MEDICARE SNATCHERS.
- When Scott was deposed in Medicare fraud scandal during his time as CEO of Columbia/HCA. Scott pleaded the Fifth Amendment 75 times. – Newsweek
- The investigation revealed a slew of offenses – PolitiFact
- Columbia/HCA later reached a settlement with the Justice Department with combined fines totaling $1.7 billion. – Newsweek
- Scott received $300 million in stock, $10 million in cash, and $5 million as part of his resignation – Market Realist
Republicans plan to snatch Medicare away from millions of Americans. Their scheme inspired this 30 second video clip based on Invasion Of The Body Snatchers. This blog also explains how to quickly create rapid response videos with free apps.
Creating a rapid response video
Amplify your message with videos. They’re easy to produce. Quickly viewed. Easily shared. Grassroots groups can use their creativity and free apps to spread their message instead of advertising. Rapid response videos leverage news events to get extra exposure as the issue is already getting attention.
The INVASION OF THE MEDICARE SNATCHERS video was created by a volunteer in two hours with the free iMovie app. It was shared by @RachelBitcofer and has already had over 3,500 views in a few hours. Such free media exposure is called earned media, and much more cost effective than paid advertising. Get pro bono help with videos for social justice and progressive causes here.
This video was created with clips (with attribution) from the Invasion Of The Body Snatchers trailer. The clip was downloaded from the Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, which is a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, it provides free access to researchers, historians, scholars, people with print disabilities, and the general public. Their mission is to provide Universal Access to All Knowledge.
Make sure to learn about ‘fair use‘ before using content from different sources in your video. The Fair Use doctrine permits limited use of copyrighted material without having to first acquire permission from the copyright holder. Fair use balances the interests of copyright holders with the public interest. – Wikipedia. (This is not legal advice. Please refer to and follow all relevant laws).
Creating a rapid response video with the free iMovie app
Republican threat to Medicare
A plan by Republican Senator Rick Scott would increase taxes on 70% of the American public and put Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid on the chopping block every five years. Under my plan, no one making less than $400,000 will see their taxes increase. – President Biden
As Republicans redouble their efforts to push an extreme MAGA agenda in Congress, this much is clear: If Republicans gain power, they could work to gut Medicare and Social Security benefits. Senator Rick Scott, in charge of electing Republicans to the Senate, has doubled and tripled down on his plan to end the Social Security and Medicare guarantee if given the opportunity.
Washington Post Opinion: “Scott’s plan would also sunset — eliminate — all federal legislation over five years, under the (risky) assumption that worthy laws would be reenacted. That could mean an end to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, everything else mentioned above — and potentially more.” – Democrats
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
The movie is about a fictional invasion where sleeping person are replaced with duplicates devoid of all human emotion. Invasion Of The Body Snatchers highlights the dangers of McCarthyism, the practice of making unfounded accusations of subversion and socialism to grab attention.
TakeAway: Help people understand the harm Republican schemes will cause with rapid respond videos.
Image Credit: Invasion Of The Body Snatchers
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Texas governor signs extreme six-week abortion ban that bars abortion with no exception for rape or incest.
“18-year-old Paxton Smith used her valedictorian address to protest Texas’s near-total abortion ban, inspiring cheers at her Lake Highlands High School in Dallas.” -Guardian. Building support for your cause is easier when the issue is in the news and on people’s minds. How do you create a video for your cause quickly in response to fast moving events? How can you create videos quickly when you have little time, money and video skills?
Use existing digital resources with attribution and ‘ Fair Use ‘ where possible, rather than recording new content. This cuts costs and the time needed to create a new video. This two minute video uses:
Portions of Paxton’s speech
Images from HandMaid’s Tale – A Hulu Original
VoteProChoice call to action video clip
Sound clip of ticking clock from iMovie
- This video has four tracks audio, video, overlaid images and captions (in English and Spanish).
- Three excerpts from Paxton’s video were first uploaded and forms the foundation of the video.
- An opening photo of her and a closing video from Vote ProChoice were added.
- Images overlaid on the video track at the right times to add a visual element to Paxton’s speech by her.
- Paxton’s speech is the soundtrack of the video with music clips for the opening and closing sections.
- Captions in both English and Spanish are added to create two different versions of the video.
Caption & translate your video
Remember to caption and translate your videos, as most people will be watching it on mute and may speak different languages. We used the Threadeo service to translate and caption this video. Adding captions to your video makes it independent of the closed captioning offered by platforms like YouTube. It also lets you review and edit the transcript before captions are added.
Excerpts from Paxton’s video
“Recently the Heartbeat Bill was passed in Texas. Starting in September, there will be a ban on abortions after six weeks of pregnancy. Regardless of whether the pregnancy was a result of rape or incest. Six weeks. That’s all women get. And so before they realize. Most of them don’t realize that they’re pregnant by six weeks. So before they have a chance, that decision is made for them by a stranger. A decision that will affect the rest of their lives is made by a stranger. I have dreams and hopes and ambitions. Every girl graduating today does. And we have spent our entire lives working towards our future. And without our input and without our consent, our control over that future has been stripped away from us .
I am terrified that if my contraceptives fail, I am terrified that if I am raped, then my hopes and aspirations and dreams and efforts from my future will no longer matter. I hope that you can feel how gut wrenching that is. I hope you can feel how dehumanizing it is to have the autonomy over your own body, taken away from you. This is a problem. And it’s a problem that cannot wait. And I cannot give up this platform to promote complacency and peace. When there was a war on my body and a war on my rights. A war on the rights of your mothers. A war on the rights of your sisters. A war on the rights of your daughters. We cannot stay silent!” – English
“Paxton Smith, is a valedictorian of Lake Highlands High School’s Class of 2021, in Dallas, Texas with a 104.93 average. She couldn’t stop thinking about the “heartbeat bill” that Gov. Greg Abbott had signed into law last month. The law prohibits abortions as early as six weeks, before many women know they are pregnant, and it matters not if the pregnancy results from incest or rape. Abortion rights activists say it is the most restrictive law in the country.” Her advice? “Well, I would like them to know that they should register to vote for the next election and to stay involved in local elections because those have more power than I think the media gives them credit for.” -D Magazine
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