Thursday, February 25, 2010
Keith Olbermann on "Life Panels" and Health Care
I didn't catch this last night but saw it posted on Momocrats.
Olbermann speaks of a very personal situation - his own father's illness and the choices that he has had to make - and relates it to the current debate on health care, pointing out the claim by members of the GOP that there would be "death panels" to be absurd, and also showing how lack of insurance can taint decisions that should only be between the patient, his or her health care proxy and the doctors.
It is very moving; you'll need about 10 minutes of free time to watch it if you haven't already seen it, but it's worth the time spent. Naturally this seemed very pertinent to me given my recent (and ongoing) situation with my mother.
I didn't get to see much of today's health care summit, but did catch the last part when President Obama wrapped it up. From what he said it sounded as if the GOP did not yielded on any major points, which certainly didn't surprise me. They also all looked very sulky as the President talked.
I hope he and the Democrats in Congress will go forward without them and use reconciliation to pass as much of the health care bill that they can. Something has to change because our health care system is broken.