Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Keith Olbermann's Hour Long Special Comment on Health Care

I like MSNBC host Keith Olbermann and watch his show in spite of its limitations (it feels like an echo chamber since Mr. Olbermann almost never has a guest on that disagrees with him). (As an aside it would be nice if he had a public option opponent get invited and make the case for letting Americans purchase health insurance across state lines). Mr. Olbermann has used his bully pulpit to fight for genuine health care reform and, to his credit has called the president and the Democrats in Congress out for their failure to pass what he believes to be the most important aspect of any health insurance program - a public option designed to cut on health insurance costs.

Earlier this week Mr. Olbermann said he would devote the entirety of his show to a special comment on health care reform. I didn't believe it. As a whole, the attention span of the average American is low. Most would tune him out after the first five minutes. Devoting the entirety of the show to a special comment seemed like a waste of time. Nothing that the MSNBC talk show host said changed my mind on the efficacy of his said plan.

Yes, he appropriately pointed the finger at the health insurance industry and the immoral policies that rations life care by income. He should have devoted his time relaying stories of health insurance or, better yet, describing what is and is not the Baucus bill and how those provisions your average American worker. Mr. Olbermann, in other words made the case for reform but failed to make the case for or against specific reform bills.

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