Olbermann: I’ll go to jail before I comply with health-insurance mandate

posted at 1:55 pm on December 17, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Hey, I actually agree with Keith Olbermann in this clip — although not for the same reasons. I think a federal mandate to buy health insurance from a government-selected list of choices is “heinous,” too, but that doesn’t rely on whether the same government offers its own health-care plan in the exchange. It’s heinous when the federal government dictates to its citizens far outside the constrained powers granted it in the Constitution, and it’s also illegal (via The College Politico):

I want to address this point:

“We must not buy federally-mandated insurance, if this cheesy counterfeit of reform is all we can buy. No single payer, no sale. No public option, no sale. No Medicare buy-in, no sale. I am one of the self-insured, albeit by choice, and I hereby pledge that I will not buy this perversion of health-care reform.”

What Olbermann says here is that while he’s self-insured by choice now, he doesn’t think that’s a choice other Americans should be able to make if the federal government offers a public plan along with the mandate. Does that make any sense at all? Would Olbermann dump his self-insurance, presumably taking advantage of HSAs and market-based competition for his health-care dollars, in favor of a Medicare buy-in or a public option? After all, Olbermann seems blessed with good health, and withholding himself from the risk pools could be arguably skewing costs upwards (infinitesimally) for other Americans. And if that seems like a silly argument, well, that’s the argument for insisting on a mandate in the first place.

Olbermann would be better off insisting that other Americans get the same choice he already has, rather than demanding a single-payer system or its precursors (public option and Medicare buy-ins) that would strip us all of those choices. Americans should join Olbermann on his call for civil disobedience on federal health-care mandates, but ironically in order to allow Olbermann to continue choosing to eliminate third-party payers from forcing themselves between Olbermann and his medical care.


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It’s like watching sharks eat each other during a feeding frenzy.

lorien1973 on December 17, 2009 at 1:57 PM

Is it cold in here or is it just me? – Satan

Mortis on December 17, 2009 at 1:57 PM

Even if it does mean Olby goes to jail federal mandates still aren’t worth it.

rbj on December 17, 2009 at 1:59 PM

agree with Keith Olbermann in this clip

Ed and Keith sittin’ in a tree. K I S S I N G.

lorien1973 on December 17, 2009 at 1:59 PM

Power to the Government!

LibTired on December 17, 2009 at 1:59 PM

Wouldn’t it almost be worth passing, if it landed Olbermann in jail? Nah, he is probably just pulling another Alex Baldwin tease.

joedoe on December 17, 2009 at 1:59 PM

Here’s the problem I always have with these posts.

Either you think he’s relevant or not.

Pick.

AnninCA on December 17, 2009 at 1:59 PM

Douchebag is so wrong even when he is on the path to right.

myrenovations on December 17, 2009 at 1:59 PM

Good for you, buttboy. At least that’s what you’d be called in jail. Not biased my ass. This guy epitomizes socialist. Worthless douchebag needs to be punched in the face.

NathanG on December 17, 2009 at 1:59 PM

It’s like watching sharks eat each other during a feeding frenzy.

lorien1973 on December 17, 2009 at 1:57 PM

This is more like dogs sniffing each other before a fight.

cntrlfrk on December 17, 2009 at 1:59 PM

Its only okay to force people to buy a crappy government program they have no choice in, not one of those dirty evil capitalist programs.

Dark Eden on December 17, 2009 at 2:00 PM

Too bad nobody watches this clown anymore.

AUINSC on December 17, 2009 at 2:00 PM

waterpoo..?

moonbatkiller on December 17, 2009 at 2:00 PM

So… is Olbermannn a “teabagger” now?

tetriskid on December 17, 2009 at 2:01 PM

It’s like watching sharks eat each other during a feeding frenzy.

lorien1973 on December 17, 2009 at 1:57 PM

How do you think they are viewing the GOP?

Same thing.

AnninCA on December 17, 2009 at 2:01 PM

What is he yapping about? Is he saying that he will cancel his health insurance policy?

Where’s Tingly Matthews on this?

EMD on December 17, 2009 at 2:01 PM

Does Olberman going to jail present the first rational argument to support a health care bill?

GaltBlvnAtty on December 17, 2009 at 2:01 PM

I expect this turd will end up in jail someday. I just assume it will be on an attempted rape or child sexual predator charge.

SKYFOX on December 17, 2009 at 2:01 PM

Keith wouldn’t really mind going to jail- he would just like to leave after completing his “research”.
Yeah- I went there.

jjshaka on December 17, 2009 at 2:01 PM

I wonder how Keith looks in an orange jumpsuit and flip flops?

Knucklehead on December 17, 2009 at 2:02 PM

I call on all those whose conscience…

Come on Keith no one who listens to you has a conscience. You gave a great little speech, but in the end you’re a sissy (wanted to use another word) and there is no way you would stand up to anybody.

Tommy_G on December 17, 2009 at 2:02 PM

Could there be a package deal? Throw Olbermann, Matthews, Shultz and Mr. Maddow all in jail together.

joedoe on December 17, 2009 at 2:02 PM

Geez, what a liar Olbermann is. Single payer? He knows full well he has the money to pay for anything he needs health related so he’ll never have to worry about dealing with government rejection, or waiting times or fat, corrupt bureaucrats.

Hypocrite. Liar. Scum.

darwin on December 17, 2009 at 2:02 PM

Too bad nobody watches this clown anymore.

AUINSC on December 17, 2009 at 2:00 PM

They watch them on-line. I keep pointing this out. The blogs post these clips, giving these guys life.

Without that?

They would disappear.

It’s a media thing. Let’s have a debate!

AnninCA on December 17, 2009 at 2:02 PM

Somehow I think Olberdouche will chicken out before actually having to go to jail.

Edouard on December 17, 2009 at 2:03 PM

Mortis on December 17, 2009 at 1:57 PM

LOL !!!!

D2Boston on December 17, 2009 at 2:03 PM

So we need to nationalize 1/6 of the economy just so this d-bag can buy insurance that he admittedly doesn’t need?

pedestrian on December 17, 2009 at 2:03 PM

You should have thought about consequences Doberman when you threatened Hillary Clinton’s life.

deadenders on December 17, 2009 at 2:04 PM

Obowma no likey…

Seven Percent Solution on December 17, 2009 at 2:04 PM

We must not buy federally-mandated insurance, if this cheesy counterfeit of reform is all we can buy. No single payer, no sale. No public option, no sale. No Medicare buy-in, no sale.

It’s going to be “sale” whether you like it or not big government guy.

forest on December 17, 2009 at 2:04 PM

I wonder how Keith looks in an orange jumpsuit and flip flops?

Knucklehead on December 17, 2009 at 2:02 PM

Do you think they would let him wear his “smart guy glasses”?

Tommy_G on December 17, 2009 at 2:04 PM

Could there be a package deal? Throw Olbermann, Matthews, Shultz and Mr. Maddow all in jail together.

joedoe on December 17, 2009 at 2:02 PM

No… I have too much sympathy for our nation’s prisoners

phreshone on December 17, 2009 at 2:04 PM

Seriously, I don’t mind that this blog posts liberal media for traffic.

But let’s get honest.

The point is to generate clicks.

It’s not about real debate.

Nobody is watching him.

Look at the latest on media.

Keith is a step away from unemployment.

AnninCA on December 17, 2009 at 2:04 PM

This is more like dogs small poodles sniffing each other’s butts before a fight.

cntrlfrk on December 17, 2009 at 1:59 PM

I’m thinking more along this line.
Keith wouldn’t go to jail. Puhleez.
He’s not that gay.
Words. Just words from an empty-headed moron.

Badger40 on December 17, 2009 at 2:05 PM

Bathtub Boy is going to defy the federal government because he’s unhappy that the federal government is going to take over 100 percent of the healthcare industry. Bathtub Boy never fails to twist himself into a logic pretzel, and thus, amply demonstrate the idiocy of the left.

WordsMatter on December 17, 2009 at 2:05 PM

If he’s self-insured, he’s probably making far more dough than his talent would justify.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on December 17, 2009 at 2:05 PM

Mortis on December 17, 2009 at 1:57 PM

lol

hawkdriver on December 17, 2009 at 2:05 PM

I’ll go to jail before I comply with health-insurance mandate

He’ll probably discover many “loving” friends there.

oldleprechaun on December 17, 2009 at 2:05 PM

I hope he gets tazed and sodomized with a broom stick , SOP New York’s finest .

borntoraisehogs on December 17, 2009 at 2:05 PM

oops, I meant to say “is not going to take over”

WordsMatter on December 17, 2009 at 2:05 PM

Nobody in America is buying the liberal story today.

That’s the deal.

AnninCA on December 17, 2009 at 2:06 PM

Its all a scam… Health INSURANCE is a misnomer. It’s actually a health payment plan… it isn’t legit ‘insurance’ backing it up.

When’s the last time you filed an auto insurance claim when you got a new tire, or had your oil changed? If you did, then you have an auto service payment plan.

gatorboy on December 17, 2009 at 2:06 PM

The stupid f*ck needs his head examined, that’s for sure. Check for psycho tendencies, please! The guy needs help!
Maybe he has douchebagitis, also known as A$$hole Disease. :)

NathanG on December 17, 2009 at 2:06 PM

Keith is a step away from unemployment.

AnninCA on December 17, 2009 at 2:04 PM

Maybe I was wrong. Maybe he does want to go to jail. For the free room and board & 3 squares a day.

Badger40 on December 17, 2009 at 2:06 PM

Olberman knows that his listeners are just dumb enough to buy his argument. I can see the smirk on his face, when he’s allowed a great plan, while his listeners sit, suffer, and wait for any doctor to see them.

capejasmine on December 17, 2009 at 2:06 PM

Had this joke just sent to me:

If Nancy Pelosi and Obama were on a boat in the middle of the ocean and it started to sink, who would be saved?

WashJeff on December 17, 2009 at 2:06 PM

AnninCA on December 17, 2009 at 1:59 PM

Relevant to who? He must be to someone, they are paying him big bucks. I consider him comic relief.

Cindy Munford on December 17, 2009 at 2:06 PM

I’ll drive ya, Keith.

Buh bye.

How do you think they are viewing the GOP?

Same thing.

The Democrats are the party with their power on the line. Whatever it’s divisions, the GOP can just sit back and watch the Democrat-on-Democrat feeding frenzy.

And it’s hilarious and well-earned.

Good Lt on December 17, 2009 at 2:06 PM

ANSWER: America

WashJeff on December 17, 2009 at 2:06 PM

Only 1:36 of this mess? It must have gone on for 15 minutes and you missed the 3 or 4 loud sighs, which were my favorite parts. Tres dramatique!

Marcus on December 17, 2009 at 2:07 PM

AnninCA on December 17, 2009 at 1:59 PM

Hijacking alert at 1:59 pm.

Knucklehead on December 17, 2009 at 2:07 PM

WOW. Looks like it’s shelved for now. Too funny watching this Keystone Kongress try to get anything done.

Mr Purple on December 17, 2009 at 2:07 PM

Olbermann would be better off insisting that other Americans get the same choice he already has

Actually, it would be fantastic if people would insist that Congress sign up for this nightmare first. They won’t. So we pay for their super, gold-plated health insurance plans AND we have to subsidize sub-standard care for everyone.

That’s why it’s obvious that this whole discussion is not about health care.

Cody1991 on December 17, 2009 at 2:07 PM

I think the danger is that we’re swinging back too hard to the right.

I can assure you, nobody is buying that message either.

AnninCA on December 17, 2009 at 2:07 PM

Bawney & Keith as cellmates. That would be one reality show I’d watch.

txag92 on December 17, 2009 at 2:08 PM

You should have thought about consequences Doberman when you threatened Hillary Clinton’s life.

deadenders on December 17, 2009 at 2:04 PM

He did WHAT?!?!?!?

Mary in LA on December 17, 2009 at 2:09 PM

No… I have too much sympathy for our nation’s prisoners

phreshone on December 17, 2009 at 2:04 PM

Eh. They’d probably flap their jaws a while and then the prisoners would beat the living sh*t out of Schultz and Olbermann. As for Maddow, she’d go to a lady’s prison………or not. I can’t tell. :)

NathanG on December 17, 2009 at 2:09 PM

When’s the last time you filed an auto insurance claim when you got a new tire, or had your oil changed? If you did, then you have an auto service payment plan.

gatorboy on December 17, 2009 at 2:06 PM

Good point.
If I was paying for the majority of my healthcare, I think I’d opt for a health savings account (at a $1000/month) & buy into something like Afflac for the bad stuff.

Badger40 on December 17, 2009 at 2:09 PM

Do you think they would let him wear his “smart guy glasses”?

Tommy_G on December 17, 2009 at 2:04 PM

I don’t know about the glasses, but I may send Keef some soap on a rope for Christmas.

Knucklehead on December 17, 2009 at 2:09 PM

“Brand me a lawbreaker, if you choose. Fine me, if you will. Jail me, if you must.”

Sorry Keith, we’re just not that in to you.

obladioblada on December 17, 2009 at 2:09 PM

There’s another reason you can go to jail BLOWBERMANN–FOR TREASON!

BobAnthony on December 17, 2009 at 2:10 PM

this Ubertool still cannot bring himself to blame his messsiah

misogynistic prxck

ulberaxx

ginaswo on December 17, 2009 at 2:10 PM

Ubberdouche belongs to the tinfoil hat marxist/maoist brigade. This bill is too capitalist friendly for comrade keef.

He demands crappy healthcare for all the peasants right now.

DeweyWins on December 17, 2009 at 2:10 PM

I wonder what that cretin would say to a “single payer” version of the media once a Republican President took over…

drjohn on December 17, 2009 at 2:10 PM

Is it cold in here or is it just me? – Satan

Mortis on December 17, 2009 at 1:57 PM

Ha!

It’s a strange week when I agree with Queef and Howard Dean on any level at all.

Monica on December 17, 2009 at 2:10 PM

It’s like watching TWO MONKEY’S try to F#*K a football.

driver on December 17, 2009 at 2:10 PM

Olby would thrive in the graybar hotel. “I distinctly recall specifying the top bunk, SIR.”

Jim Treacher on December 17, 2009 at 2:11 PM

I think the danger is that we’re swinging back too hard to the right.

I can assure you, nobody is buying that message either.

How hard is “too hard” to the right, Ann?

For cripes’ sake – the John F. Kennedy Administration is too “right wing” for the Democrats these days.

Enlighten everyone.

Good Lt on December 17, 2009 at 2:11 PM

mary

Old keithy said a couple of guys needed to take HRC into a room and only the two Dems come out

yep it was incredible

he is a prixk with mommy issues

ginaswo on December 17, 2009 at 2:11 PM

Et tu, brute?

Fish on December 17, 2009 at 2:11 PM

AnninCA on December 17, 2009 at 2:04 PM

Must…break…from…Anns…Care-Troll…control.

Must…Not…Submit…

lol, Ann, do you think you have ever changed anyones mind here on Hot Air about anything?

hawkdriver on December 17, 2009 at 2:12 PM

I think the danger is that we’re swinging back too hard to the right.

I can assure you, nobody is buying that message either.

AnninCA on December 17, 2009 at 2:07 PM

Oh knock it off.

You keep talking out your a$$ and have no idea what you’re talking about. When in the world has this country ever been anything but right. The murderous, communist left only comprise a very small minority, unfortunately many hold power.

You’re so lost I don’t know where to begin. You repeat the propaganda the media has feed you dutifully and until you understand that it is propaganda … you’ll always be lost.

darwin on December 17, 2009 at 2:12 PM

Why does anyone listen to the incoherent logic of this cow college grad anyway? Oh wait, according to the ratings nobody does.

Cicero43 on December 17, 2009 at 2:12 PM

How about going to jail now Keith? That way you can test-drive government run health care. You know, try before you buy.

Left Coast Right Mind on December 17, 2009 at 2:13 PM

to clarify- two dem guys come out

it was when she wouldnt stop running

a DEM REp said she was like Glenn Close at the end of Fatal Attraction

that prxck alex castellanos said so much shxt I cant even describe

their misogyny was all revved up and after they pushed Hill out they turned their attention to Sarah and her family

it was all I could do not to kick in the tv

every time I donated to HRC, thus I maxed out to her

and then I started giving to Sarah

I think they are both incredibly strong individuals, different politics, but both love this countrya nd both respect the American people, more than I can say for the WH today

ginaswo on December 17, 2009 at 2:13 PM

I do not watch Olby. Does his show start with Yakety Sax theme song?

WashJeff on December 17, 2009 at 2:14 PM

Either you think he’s relevant or not.

Pick.

AnninCA on December 17, 2009 at 1:59 PM

Relevancy has nothing to do with it. Keith is always relevant — but then the question arises as to the sanity of that relevancy. For, while Keith believes he has a Sanity Clause in his contract with his American listeners, few of us here do likewise.

unclesmrgol on December 17, 2009 at 2:14 PM

I think the danger is that we’re swinging back too hard to the right.

I can assure you, nobody is buying that message either.

AnninCA on December 17, 2009 at 2:07 PM

What?

Occupant of White House: Liberal Dem. Filibuster-proof majority in Senate: Dems. Large majority in House: Dems.

Measures/Bills attempted or passed: Stimulus, Stimulus II, Cap N Trade, Healthcare “reform”.

But you say we’re “swinging back too hard to the right”.

Give us three examples of where we’re “swinging back too hard to the right”, please.

Intrepid on December 17, 2009 at 2:15 PM

After all, Olbermann seems blessed with good health

Heh, Ed, you’re full of humor today. Have you seen his disected brain, yet?

Schadenfreude on December 17, 2009 at 2:16 PM

“Brand me a lawbreaker, if you choose. Fine me, if you will. Jail me, if you must.”

Jihadi martyrdom at its finest.

unclesmrgol on December 17, 2009 at 2:17 PM

Good, why don’t you pick the jail in Illinois where a bunch of your friends will be living.

rplat on December 17, 2009 at 2:17 PM

The murderous, communist left only comprise a very small minority, unfortunately many hold power.

And you think I’m odd.

*halloooo*

AnninCA on December 17, 2009 at 2:17 PM

lol, Ann, do you think you have ever changed anyones mind here on Hot Air about anything?

hawkdriver on December 17, 2009 at 2:12 PM

Well,she does have Liam by the old wasnoskies.

katy the mean old lady on December 17, 2009 at 2:18 PM

Give us three examples of where we’re “swinging back too hard to the right”, please.

Intrepid on December 17, 2009 at 2:15 PM

She can’t. This country has always been right. Even democrats are “right” … older dems that is, before the progressive communists took over the party.

Ann relies too much on media and print propaganda to form her views.

darwin on December 17, 2009 at 2:18 PM

Bubba on Cell Block E: What’s yo name boy?
Olbermann: Kkkkeith…
Bubba: You sure got a purdy mouff Keeef.
Olbermann: ???
Bubba: Aren’t you the one that guy Gibson calls “bathtub boy”?
Olbermann: (sigh) yes, but…
Bubba: Why doncha come over here and show me what a bathtub boy does.
Olbermann: Oh Dear GOD!!!!

mizflame98 on December 17, 2009 at 2:19 PM

He is a liar, its a sham, a ruse, a distraction, so that Obama comes out smelling like a moderate.
Besides, his employer will pay for it…hence it isn’t a real threat.

Conservative Voice on December 17, 2009 at 2:19 PM

Here’s the problem I always have with these posts.

Either you think he’s I’m relevant or not.

Pick.

AnninCA on December 17, 2009 at 1:59 PM

FIFY

I pick. NOT relevent.

ladyingray on December 17, 2009 at 2:19 PM

waterpoo..?

moonbatkiller on December 17, 2009 at 2:00 PM

Bathtub Boy?

Itchee Dryback on December 17, 2009 at 2:19 PM

It’s like watching TWO MONKEY’S try to F#*K a football.

driver on December 17, 2009 at 2:10 PM

I get over 200 channels and I’ve never seen that one. Was that on a Japanese game show?

SKYFOX on December 17, 2009 at 2:19 PM

Olby is just giving conservatives a reason to be for it.

volsense on December 17, 2009 at 2:20 PM

Did Hell freeze over?

Olberman is saying no to ObamaCare?

Allah, guess what… there is a God!

upinak on December 17, 2009 at 2:21 PM

Knucklehead on December 17, 2009 at 2:07 PM

Exactly, don’t respond.

ORconservative on December 17, 2009 at 2:21 PM

Does that make any sense at all?

Sure, if you live in loonyville.

Otis B on December 17, 2009 at 2:21 PM

I’d send Keefums a rope. And it would have the noose already tied.

GarandFan on December 17, 2009 at 2:21 PM

Olbermann: I’ll go to jail before I comply with health-insurance mandate

Sure you will, weenie.

RadClown on December 17, 2009 at 2:21 PM

ROFL, Ed, at 15,000+ a year for me and mine, I won’t be able to afford to buy it. The dems are complete freaking idiots.

Oh and how the devil are the unemployed supposed to come up with that? They’re gonna need a lot of prison space.

dogsoldier on December 17, 2009 at 2:21 PM

Well,she does have

Liam by the old wasnoskies.

katy the mean old lady on December 17, 2009 at 2:18 PM

oh please, I deserve an award for being kind to him.

Unless you’re totally mean, you’d agree.

AnninCA on December 17, 2009 at 2:22 PM

Old keithy said a couple of guys needed to take HRC into a room and only the two Dems come out

ginaswo on December 17, 2009 at 2:11 PM

Lordy! That is waaaay over the top, even for him. What a creep!

Mary in LA on December 17, 2009 at 2:22 PM

Is he saying we must not buy it because it isn’t invasive enough?

WTF is he smoking?

Midas on December 17, 2009 at 2:23 PM

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