From being anti-health care to pro-incest, we review a week of terrible stories for the millionaire scam artist
PENNSYLVANIA – Even by Oz’ standards, this week saw an impressive amount of negative stories hitting the out-of-touch millionaire scam artist.
In just one week, Oz had to deal with reporting that highlighted comments he made about uninsured Americans having no “right to health”, his ownership of a company that supplied hydroxychloroquine while he pushed it as a Covid treatment, his purchase of his Palm Beach mansion with the help of a man embroiled in an immigration fraud scheme, and his defense of incest.
That’s a lot. Read more below:
By David Moye
- TV doctor-turned-Senate candidate Mehmet Oz once said uninsured Americans don’t have a “right to health,” according to a recently resurfaced video from 2013.
- He explained his apparent belief that “health” is only a right for those who can afford insurance.
- The Independent was confused by Oz’s comments, noting that “it’s unclear how” he reconciles saying Americans don’t have a “right to health” with the notion that they do have a right to “access” health care.
- “If a doctor were to find a person had an ailment, it would still leave the individual without options — other than taking on massive medical debt — for seeking treatment, and with the burden of knowing they’re sick,” the paper’s Graig Graziosi wrote.
By Brian Schwartz
- Republican Pennsylvania Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz has financial ties to at least two pharmaceutical companies that supply hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria drug that he has floated as a possible Covid-19 treatment.
- [Oz] owns along with his wife at least $615,000 in shares of Thermo Fisher Scientific, according to his financial disclosure. Thermo Fisher Scientific’s website lists hydroxychloroquine sulfate as one of its available products.
- Oz and his wife also own between $15,001 and $50,000 in McKesson Corporation stock, according to the disclosure. The company labels and distributes hydroxychloroquine sulfate, according to the FDA.
- Oz’s financial ties to a producer and distributor of the drug, and his promotion of it as a potential Covid treatment, raise questions about what he stood to gain from its wider use during the pandemic.
- The FDA has… warned [hydroxychloroquine] has “not been shown to be safe and effective for treating or preventing COVID-19.”
By Kelsey Vlamis
- Oz owns shares of two companies that supply hydroxychloroquine, the anti-malaria drug that he urged the White House to push as a treatment for COVID-19 despite a lack of evidence showing its efficacy.
- The document showed Oz and his wife owned at least a $615,000 stake in Thermo Fisher Scientific, a supplier that lists hydroxychloroquine as one of its products.
- The disclosures also showed Oz and his wife owned between $15,001 and $50,000 worth of shares in McKesson Corporation, which labels and distributes hydroxychloroquine.
- [Oz] sent emails to senior White House advisers in the early days of the pandemic promoting hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19.
By Graham Kates
- Among Pennsylvania U.S. Senate candidate Mehmet Oz’s 18 known real estate investments, none is larger or more valuable than Louwana, a 10-bedroom historic beachfront mansion in Palm Beach, Florida.
- Oz’s campaign has sought to move past questions about his residency and real estate, but the Palm Beach mansion brings with it a unique set of political concerns for Oz as he tries to rebuff allegations that he’s “sort of parachuting into Pennsylvania,” said Penn State Harrisburg political science professor Daniel Mallinson.
- Oz purchased the mansion in 2015 with the help of Florida attorney Leslie Evans, whom the deed describes as a trustee for the property.
- The year before, Evans was involved in the purchase of a foreclosed Connecticut mansion. It was a transaction that became central to federal fraud cases filed in 2018 that saw four other people plead guilty to bilking investors out of millions.
- As Evans dealt with a lawsuit, a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation, and ultimately a federal indictment, he continued on as trustee for the mansion, documents show.
- On Feb. 22 of this year, Evans signed a document related to the $60,000 local tax exemption for the mansion. The tax exemption was first reported by the Miami Herald.
The celebrity doctor has struggled for months to give a clear accounting of his wide-ranging property holdings. In August, a person… approached Oz at a campaign event and asked him how many houses he owns. A video shows Oz replying, “Well I, legitimately, I own two houses. But, uh, one of them we’re building on; the other ones I rent.”
- The Daily Beast reported later that month that he actually owns 10 houses, including the Palm Beach mansion.
- Fetterman has sought to portray Oz as an out-of-stater. And according to Mallinson, the Florida mansion plays into that portrayal.
- “Fetterman has been painting Oz as somebody who’s not from Pennsylvania and is an outsider. And so more properties in other states just reinforces that same narrative,” Mallinson said.
By Caitlin Cruz
- In an interview with morning radio show The Breakfast Club in February 2014, host Angela Yee asked Oz to weigh in on a question sent in by a listener about someone struggling with an incestuous relationship.
- “I’m going to ask you this and you tell me if this is safe for this person, okay?” Yee prompted Oz. “Well, he said, ‘Yee, I can’t stop smashing my cousin.’ That means sleeping with.” (Thank you, Yee.)
- Oz: If you’re more than a first cousin away, it’s not a big problem.
- I just… I just don’t know what made this man think he should run for office.