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Will Ferrell Pushes Public Option

MoveOn.org, together with the Web site Funny or Die, have released a video featuring Will Ferrell and other celebrities in an effort to drum up support for health care reform efforts, as well as the public option.

In the video, which you can see at left, Ferrell, Olivia Wilde, Donald Faison and others sarcastically argue in favor of privatized health care and defend the worst practices of insurance companies.

"Insurance companies are detailed enough to deny claims for things like typos," Ferrell says, facetiously, in the video. "If you spell something wrong, do you really deserve surgery? I don't think so."

The clip comes via MoveOn.org Political Action, which backs the public health insurance option. In a release, the organization said the actors participating in the video agree that a public option must be included in the health care reform bill in order to expand coverage and avoid inflated insurance costs.

President Obama has signaled that he is open to leaving the public option out of the health care bill.

"As the health care debate enters the homestretch, humor can serve as a powerful reminder to Americans about what exactly is at stake," Justin Ruben, Executive Director of MoveOn.org, said in the release. "We were thrilled to partner up with the folks at Funny or Die and I think we've hit a homerun with this video depicting who exactly the 'victims' are in this crisis and the profit motive that will keep the insurance industry fighting tooth and nail against a public option."

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