Tim Commerford, who is best known as legendary metal band Rage Against The Machine’s bassist, has hit out against the U.S. Healthcare System in a new video by his other band Future User.
The music video for their latest single “Voodoo Juju” features footage of Commerford’s own spinal surgery and a parody of the profit-driven people at the heart of American healthcare that’s both hilarious and sad in equal measure.
Commerford recently suffered a suffered ruptured disc in his spine, which required emergency surgery. He was able to convince doctors to film the surgery, which gave him the idea of combining the footage with another, fictional, operation for his next music video. And here it is.
Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello also plays an ‘evil’ American doctor who rushes the operation to save time and money, while Rush‘s Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson play Canadian doctors that come to Commerford’s rescue with universal healthcare.
“As someone who often goes under the knife, I’ve always been a bit overwhelmed by the process, paperwork, approvals and costs. I read an article recently that said there are over 40 million uninsured people living in the States, which is insane,” he told Blabbermouth. This experience inspired him to expose the issues with the healthcare system, which having to pay for many exorbitantly expensive surgeries up-front. As ridiculous as it sounds, that’s actually a reality for many uninsured Americans.
Check out the video above.