Friday, February 26, 2010

Olbermann On Life Panels

Keith Olbermann passionately spoke about his seriously ill father and the discussions he has had with him and his physicians about medical treatment options. He condemned politicians who opportunistically use the term "death panels." Olbermann referred instead to such discussions as "life panels":

Olbermann: the politicians who go into Blair House tomorrow for that summit: I have some requests as well. Leave your egos at the door. I want, I demand, that you give everybody in this country a chance at the care my father has gotten. And I demand that you enact this most generous and most kind aspect of the reform proposed: the right to bill the damned insurance company for the conversation about what to do when the time comes, the life panel.

And I want all of you to think of somebody lying in a hospital bed tonight who needed that care and needed that conversation, and imagine that is your father, or mother, or son, or daughter, or wife, or husband, or partner. And if you cannot do that, if you cannot put aside the meaninglessness of your political careers for this, my request to you then, is that you not come back out of that meeting for you would not be worthy of being with the real people of this country who suffer, and who suffer again because you have acted on behalf of the corporations and not the people.

If you cannot do this, go into that room and stay there, and we will get new ones to replace your worthless roles in the life of our country. My father cannot speak for himself. He appointed me to do so for him. I haven't the slightest doubt he wants me to say this tonight, right now. He mouthed these words to me, and I will now give them such voice as I have to you going into that summit tomorrow. Help. Help. Help. Help.

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