Quentin Young (Summary)

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Quentin Young is a Chicago based retired medical practitioner and prominent socialist activist. He is a long time friend and supporter of Barack Obama and was Obama's personal physician for more than 20 years. Young was influential in Obama's thinking on healthcare, commenting in March 2009, "Barack Obama, in those early days—influenced, I hope, by me and others — categorically said single payer was the best way..." Young was also the personal physician to Martin Luther King while he was in Chicago, and to Weather Underground terrorist, Bill Ayers. He is a Marxist and a long-time member of Chicago Democratic Socialists of America, the largest socialist organization in the US, which was formed out of the New American Movement. Young was listed as a friend of NAM in 1981. He was a member of the Young Communist League USA in pre-WW2 Chicago and was close to the Communist Party USA at least until the early 1970s. In March 1979 Young was one of 50 supporters endorsing an appeal to raise funds to save the Maoist New York radical magazine the Guardian from going out of print. (more...)