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ABC News Radio reports that the video, which finds Commerford dealing with insurance difficulties as he goes through spinal surgery, was inspired by real-life experiences — and features footage of his operation.
"I got the idea for the video after I ruptured a disc in my back and needed emergency surgery," Commerford's quoted as saying. "As someone who often goes under the knife, I've always been a bit overwhelmed by the process, paperwork, approvals and costs. Luckily, I have insurance, but it got me thinking about all the people in this country who can't afford medical treatment. I read an article recently that said there are over 40 million uninsured people living in the States, which is insane."
It's a sobering statistic, but the "Voodoo Juju" video treats the subject with a light hand. The storyline starts with Commerford receiving less than excellent care from his doctor (played by Rage guitarist Tom Morello, sporting a comically awful wig), who bails on him mid-surgery after realizing his insurance has run out. Fortunately, that's where a pair of Canadian doctors — played by Lee and Lifeson — step in to finish the job (after explaining the benefits of publicly funded health care, of course).
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