I held off on this for a while. Olbermann is talking about some very personal and painful experiences and I wasn’t sure it was appropriate to politicize this. Then I realized that he already had.
See, it turns out that Olbermann’s father is sick. Really sick. Keith used his father’s condition and the care he was receiving to drive home a point about health care in general and “death panels” in specific.
It sounds like Olbermann and his father had the conversation that no one wants to have with their parent; a plan to deal with end of life. Because Keith and his dad DID have this conversation, there was a clear set of instructions that were to be followed. In the Special Comment, Olbermann notes when he was free to use his discretion and when he was to follow his father’s direction. It is clear that this conversation brought some form of peace to Olbermann as he goes through this painful ordeal.
However, when Olbermann gets to the point where he and his father’s doctors discuss next steps, possible outcomes and medical process, he mistakenly lashes out at the Right for calling that conversation a “Death Panel”. He is wrong, and whats more, I think he knows he’s wrong. He’s lying.
It is that very conversation and the options that are the result that we are trying to preserve. It’s the ability for a patient and his family, in close and private consultation with their doctors, that is at the heart of my opposition to this health care bill. Because when the government controls our care, they will control these conversations. The government will begin to see that providing care is a cost and not a product. They will not strive to innovate or excel; they will cut services and raise prices. How do I know this? Because they are doing it as we speak.
The government will order a committee, they will study care, it’s intended results and the cost. Then, then, they will begin to craft recommendations surrounding the application of that care. They will make decisions as to which people, in which circumstances ought receive a given treatment or not. In short, they will have created a “Death Panel”. Obama himself has discussed this:
The president’s grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, had a hip replaced after she was diagnosed with cancer, Obama said in an interview with the New York Times magazine that was published today. Dunham, who lived in Honolulu, died at the age of 86 on Nov. 2, 2008, two days before her grandson’s election victory.
“I don’t know how much that hip replacement cost,” Obama said in the interview. “I would have paid out of pocket for that hip replacement just because she’s my grandmother.”
Obama said “you just get into some very difficult moral issues” when considering whether “to give my grandmother, or everybody else’s aging grandparents or parents, a hip replacement when they’re terminally ill.
“That’s where I think you just get into some very difficult moral issues,” he said in the April 14 interview. “The chronically ill and those toward the end of their lives are accounting for potentially 80 percent of the total health- care bill out here.”
Did you SEE that? He already knows where 80% of the costs come from. Don’t think for a moment the government won’t try to limit that.
Olbermann is a big fat liar!