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 heinous when the federal government dictates to its citizens far outside the constrained powers granted it in the Constitution, and it’s also illegal

Bravo! Exactly right. If this bill passes, it’s time for massive civil disobedience until it’s repealed.

JDPerren on December 17, 2009 at 2:23 PM

And you think I’m odd.

AnninCA on December 17, 2009 at 2:17 PM

You spelled “a concern troll” wrong.

LibTired on December 17, 2009 at 2:23 PM

Does that make any sense at all?

It’a Olby you’re talking about, of course he makes no sense…

however, I’m ashamed to say this but my father loves watching his show…why? I don’t know, but there it is…

cmsinaz on December 17, 2009 at 2:24 PM

Does anyone else see some similarity between Olberman/Matthews, and Bert, and Ernie? LOL

capejasmine on December 17, 2009 at 2:24 PM

The good news for Keith is that the prison tatooist can easily change his Obama’s Girl tatoo to Bubba’s Girl.

farright on December 17, 2009 at 2:25 PM

He is a liar, its a sham, a ruse, a distraction, so that Obama comes out smelling like a moderate.

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

There was a farmer had a dog…

LibTired on December 17, 2009 at 2:25 PM

AnninCA on December 17, 2009 at 2:17 PM

Ann, I mean this not in any hostile way, but as a way to break you from the trance you’re in.

You simply don’t have a clue. For all intents and purposes you are being led around as if you had a ring through your nose. You’re lacking big time context as far as history goes, history of this nation and the history of both parties.

The left is very, very, very good at rewriting history and making the right the perpetrators of everything they’ve done.

You don’t understand that the takeover of America has been underway for decades, and they’ve successfully conditioned you to believe what they say. Look at how readily you’re willing to commit the US to third world status over fake “climate change” when it’s very obvious you haven’t spent two minutes researching the stuff yourself.

Wake up. These people are only out for themselves. Me, you and everyone else are pawns. Communists exist and they’re in the White House.

darwin on December 17, 2009 at 2:25 PM

Don’t go away mad….just go away. BTW, could you take the Leg Tingler with you?

GnuBreed on December 17, 2009 at 2:25 PM

Is anyone else’s head spinning at how this boondoggle has utterly come full circle? So much so that *we*, yes *WE* are agreeing with Keith Olberman? Holy soap on a rope batman–did you ever think that it would come to this?

ted c on December 17, 2009 at 2:25 PM

Now, princess.

Oh for goodness sakes.

Frankly, we all get kudos for letting this headcase alone.

Just let him be.

It’s mean to do otherwise.

AnninCA on December 17, 2009 at 2:25 PM

Woo hoo, it’s heatin’ up! SEIU is furious as it joins the under-the-Obama-bus crowd, and is defended by HuffPo and Fire Dog Lake as they blast Teh One.

This is surpassing cheesy popcorn and moving into the caramel corn category.

http://www.redstate.com/dan_perrin/2009/12/17/seiu-pounds-the-health-bill-after-white-house-throws-public-option-under-the-bus/

Intrepid on December 17, 2009 at 2:26 PM

Darwin, I don’t think they are nearly as smart as you think.

AnninCA on December 17, 2009 at 2:26 PM

If the “individual mandate” survives court challenge (when it’s clearly blatantly unconstitutional) it’s time to hang some judges.

wildcat84 on December 17, 2009 at 2:27 PM

What is the world coming to – everyone is a Conservative now? And, Last year I thought we were all suppose to be Socialists?

EliTheBean on December 17, 2009 at 2:27 PM

OK, off for now.

AnninCA on December 17, 2009 at 2:27 PM

Can you just imagine Olbermann in jail…?

“Hey, new guy, bring that big pretty mouth over here…?”

Seven Percent Solution on December 17, 2009 at 2:28 PM

I wonder if Olbermann believes that his health insurance provider should be forced to accept everyone with any pre-existing condition. Let people sign onto his health care plan the day before major surgery and long hospital recovery stay is planned. It would be extremely odd if he says no, but if he says yes then he can’t possibly believe that his provider will be able to survive that.

Buddahpundit on December 17, 2009 at 2:28 PM

Darwin, I don’t think they are nearly as smart as you think.

AnninCA on December 17, 2009 at 2:26 PM

You don’t have to be that smart … just committed and willing to do anything.

darwin on December 17, 2009 at 2:28 PM

I’m just waiting for the cameras to catch this guy picking his nose and eating it.

NathanG on December 17, 2009 at 2:28 PM

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

Bravo! Exactly right. If this bill passes, it’s time for massive civil disobedience until it’s repealed.

JDPerren on December 17, 2009 at 2:23 PM

+1
Taxpaying Citizens have legal standing to take it to court WHILE protesting unconstitutional legislation via peaceful non-compliance.

maverick muse on December 17, 2009 at 2:29 PM

Why wasn’t this mandatory (and unconstitutional) provision an issue before now for the lefty loons?

SouthernGent on December 17, 2009 at 2:29 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

If by “the right” you mean Constitutionally guaranteed individual rights of life, liberty, and property then there is no such thing as “too hard.” If that’s not what you mean, then you should clarify. By the way, based on the popularity of NRO, HotAir, the Tea Party movement and other indicators, “nobody” seems to be a very large number these days.

Signed,
Nobody

JDPerren on December 17, 2009 at 2:30 PM

You don’t have to be that smart … just committed and willing to do anything.

darwin on December 17, 2009 at 2:28 PM

And have a playbook written by Saul Alinksy, which they follow quite effectively.

Intrepid on December 17, 2009 at 2:30 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!

lovingmyUSA on December 17, 2009 at 2:30 PM

Everyone I have spoke to under 40 who is not insured said they would simply pay the small fine if caught all the while remaining uninsured. If they actually get diagnosed with something they would then purchase insurance. Afterwards they will simply go back to uninsured.

Whether or not this is possible, that’s their attitude at the moment.

patrick neid on December 17, 2009 at 2:30 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

Does too far to the right entail morality?
Does too far to the right entail keeping Christ foremost in our American lives?
Does too far to the right entail allowing our offspring to live, even when those pesky kids are inconvenient?
Does too far to the right entail following the Constitution to the letter & being proud of our country, warts and all?

This country cannot swing too far to the right. I am buying that statement, as is every single person I know. Ludicrous statement, as usual.

Ris4victory on December 17, 2009 at 2:30 PM

OK, off for now.

AnninCA on December 17, 2009 at 2:27 PM

Promise? You said that a half hour ago, but yet you’re still here spewing nonsense.

Don’t let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya.

Knucklehead on December 17, 2009 at 2:31 PM

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

cntrlfrk on December 17, 2009 at 1:59 PM

And we all know dogs will hump anything!

lovingmyUSA on December 17, 2009 at 2:32 PM

Intrepid on December 17, 2009 at 2:26 PM

Wow. Just, wow!

This is going to be interesting. All the money they contributed to BO’s campaign.

It’s true, though. BO will toss anyone over the, ummm… precipice.

Cody1991 on December 17, 2009 at 2:32 PM

Me thinks we may have actually won our freedom!!!!

Dean, Olberman, who’s next? This will most likely not be voted in and we will have held them off at least until election year and then we will win a lot of seats back.

jeffn21 on December 17, 2009 at 2:34 PM

I’m amazed that anyone takes Olbermansky seriously. It’s only a matter of time where we hear that he’s caught up in (another?) some scandal involving drugs and women. I actually watch the show from time to time, and wonder just where in the hell he is getting his “facts”.

And acknowledging that scandal happened to Limbaugh, Olby is one or two tirades short of becoming a celebrity planewreck. His ego is far too big for it not to happen eventually.

badtemper on December 17, 2009 at 2:38 PM

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.

–You keep saying this, but there’s no support for this statement in the last sixty years of US Supreme Court cases.

Jimbo3 on December 17, 2009 at 2:39 PM

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

Damn, I’m glad I continued reading before I wrote the same thing! Liam thinks he can convert her…

lovingmyUSA on December 17, 2009 at 2:40 PM

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

Olber-dolt was the dork that got pushed of the slide, in kindergarten, by the girls, and was also the guy that got pushed outside the boy’s locker room, in jr HS, wearing only his jockstap. This wimp was the butt of every prank and joke throughout his HS days and was always too afraid to stand up for himself.

The reason he is the way he is, its the only way he can get back at all those that made his insignificant little life miserable growing up. He has to show how macho he is by spewing out his spleen every night acting like an insignificant moron.

belad on December 17, 2009 at 2:41 PM

President Obama must remember his own words from the campaign. His call of “Yes We Can” was not just to us, not just to the millions of people who voted for him, but to himself. We all stood shoulder to shoulder with the President during his hard fought campaign. And, we will continue to stand with him but he must fight for the reform we all know is possible.

Our challenge to you, to the President, to the Senate and to the House of Representatives is to fight. Now, more than ever, all of us must stand up, remember what health insurance reform is all about, and fight like hell to deliver real and meaningful reform to the American people.

–Andy Stern, president SEIU, and most frequent union thug visitor to the WH

Schadenfreude on December 17, 2009 at 2:42 PM

ladyingray on December 17, 2009 at 2:19 PM

Sh*t–came too late to the party…!

lovingmyUSA on December 17, 2009 at 2:42 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

Somehow I think even you can see the difference in honesty between the two parties. Not to mention decorum.

petunia on December 17, 2009 at 2:43 PM

lovingmyUSA on December 17, 2009 at 2:42 PM

Great minds and all… :)

ladyingray on December 17, 2009 at 2:44 PM

Unless you’re totally mean, you’d agree.
AnninCA on December 17, 2009 at 2:22 PM

Totally.

katy the mean old lady on December 17, 2009 at 2:44 PM

Is there any further proof needed that this man is a nut case…. a real moron…. a left wing bafoon?

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/fire-keith-olbermann

Read, laugh, sign.

afotia on December 17, 2009 at 2:44 PM

Intrepid on December 17, 2009 at 2:26 PM

Obama will buy off the SEIU chiefs if he hasn’t already. Is theirs a tempest for show? I’d be surprised if SEIU-Pelosi-Reid-OBAMA haven’t negotiated a special deal loophole detailed somewhere within the 2000+page EugeniCare bill. The SEIU might be angry that they will need to come up with more to put into their healthcare plan than they already have.

But all of the government contracts that Obama will direct to the SEIU will compensate for the inconvenience. Besides the new government bureaucracy “new jobs” in health care, there are all those prisons to build to house terrorists and to fence in outraged citizens being newly taxed without their representatives voting according to the ballot promise to CUT TAXES, to be prosecuted by Marxist attorney generals in activist courts for having exercised their Constitutional Rights.

maverick muse on December 17, 2009 at 2:45 PM

I wonder how an egomaniacal narcissist like Obama going to tolerate 2 years of being powerless after 2010?

wildcat84 on December 17, 2009 at 2:45 PM

Dear HA…I am crazy about you, but you gotta’ fix the back arrow thingy…It is driving me nuts. Anyone else not able to go backwards…..Pleeeeese……sigh

clinker46 on December 17, 2009 at 2:45 PM

It might be worth it go pass the mandate just to send him to jail.

OTOH: He has no viewers so he does not make a difference.

The Rock on December 17, 2009 at 2:46 PM

“Olberman seems blesse with good health….”

Are you serious, Ed?

I think that Keith looks like Exhibit A for a Thorazine study.

But I can abide seeing his President’s administration throw him in jail.

molonlabe28 on December 17, 2009 at 2:46 PM

Dear HA…I am crazy about you, but you gotta’ fix the back arrow thingy…It is driving me nuts. Anyone else not able to go backwards…..Pleeeeese……sigh

clinker46 on December 17, 2009 at 2:45 PM

Its either your mouse or operator error, mine works fine!

belad on December 17, 2009 at 2:47 PM

belad on December 17, 2009 at 2:47 PM

I forgot to add that I’m using Safari on a Mac.

belad on December 17, 2009 at 2:48 PM

Everyone I have spoke to under 40 who is not insured said they would simply pay the small fine if caught all the while remaining uninsured. If they actually get diagnosed with something they would then purchase insurance. Afterwards they will simply go back to uninsured.

Whether or not this is possible, that’s their attitude at the moment.

patrick neid on December 17, 2009 at 2:30 PM

Yep that’s why they added jail time.

I think this plan might end up a failed experiment like prohibition was. There is nothing that gets people more commited to bad behavior than the powers that be mandating “moral” behavior.

Add “moral” behavior at your own expense and I see lots of “crime” ahead…

petunia on December 17, 2009 at 2:49 PM

maverick muse on December 17, 2009 at 2:45 PM

Right you are; That’s what the “Stimulus Slush Fund” is going to be used for.

Cybergeezer on December 17, 2009 at 2:49 PM

Darwin, I don’t think they are nearly as smart as you think.

AnninCA on December 17, 2009 at 2:26 PM

Never, ever under estimate your opponent, or enemies. NEVER!!!

Andy Stern, president SEIU, and most frequent union thug visitor to the WH

Schadenfreude on December 17, 2009 at 2:42 PM

Don’t the members of SEIU, and AFL-CIO become exempt if Obama care passes? They get to keep their nifty private plans? If so, he’s a tool in my opinion. Fighting for us all, my aunt fanny. There are so many special favors going to so many people, this bill is only going to hurt the rest of us, and cost us dearly.

capejasmine on December 17, 2009 at 2:50 PM

Olby, like many of the loony left, seems incapable of appreciating the absurdity of his position. He’s a dumb fcluck, and you have to wonder if his viewer doesn’t know it.

mr.blacksheep on December 17, 2009 at 2:51 PM

Not lefty enough for the bag of all douches, huh… Watching this a$$hat go to jail might actually be worth passing the bill. [/eyesroll]

Claypigeon on December 17, 2009 at 2:53 PM

You spelled “a concern troll” wrong.

LibTired on December 17, 2009 at 2:23 PM

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH! Big belly laugh! ;)

Lanceman on December 17, 2009 at 2:53 PM

“First Do No Harm”

You mean like kill babies?
Or take a religious persons taxes to pay for the killing of babies?
Or mandating that a religious health professional must kill babies?
Or mandating that a Catholic Hospital must kill babies?

barnone on December 17, 2009 at 2:55 PM

Don’t let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya.

Knucklehead on December 17, 2009 at 2:31 PM

And that’s ‘Don’t let the doorknob hit ya where the dawg should’a bit ya’ ya crazy knucklehead, ya!

Lanceman on December 17, 2009 at 2:55 PM

I’d be interested in finding out why Olby is self-insured — both NBC and General Electric are unionized and have long been based in the northeast, so it’s safe to assume it’s not like they’ve got crappy benefit programs for their workers.

Keith did have that little problem about 15-20 years ago when he was beaten up by an IRT subway car (actually, he walked into the door frame getting on the train at Shea Stadium and knocked himself out), an incident that supposedly that caused damage to his inner ear that keeps him from driving to this day. But if he was self-insured because NBC/GE’s insurer refused to carry him due to a pre-existing condition, surely he would have tossed that into his Special Comment.

On the other hand, if he’s self-insured because he wanted a luxury plan that NBC/GE wasn’t going to pay for, then he comes across as one of the rich liberals who are never going to cast their lot with any Single Payer option and suffer through the long waits and poor service of all the proletariat out there in TV land.

jon1979 on December 17, 2009 at 2:56 PM

So yesterday a Russian news agency actually printed the truth and called the CRU figures out. And today Ed is agreeing with Olbermann.

Where am I really?

Come on guys this isn’t funny.

Lily on December 17, 2009 at 2:59 PM

So, if I understand this tool:

Being forced to buy Health insurance from a private company: Heinous.

Being forced to buy Health insurance from the government: Rightous.

What a moron.

BobOfTexas on December 17, 2009 at 3:03 PM

Olby with a no frills federal mailing address?

I’m starting to have second thoughts on stopping this bill.

Thune on December 17, 2009 at 3:04 PM

FUNNY!

gophergirl on December 17, 2009 at 3:04 PM

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

That in itself is enough for me to pay the mandate myself.

I don’t want to be stuck in the same prison system as this douche.

Where am I really?

Come on guys this isn’t funny.

Lily on December 17, 2009 at 2:59 PM

Seriously. I feel like I just stepped into the twilight zone. The whole freaking world is upside down.

Chaz706 on December 17, 2009 at 3:05 PM

Seriously. I feel like I just stepped into the twilight zone. The whole freaking world is upside down.

Chaz706 on December 17, 2009 at 3:05 PM

Obozomania’ll do that to you.

Lanceman on December 17, 2009 at 3:09 PM

perhaps olbie will take the prison route and wind up in Thomson, IL sharing cell block D with some of his most ardent supporters.

booter on December 17, 2009 at 3:09 PM

–You keep saying this, but there’s no support for this statement in the last sixty years of US Supreme Court cases.

Jimbo3 on December 17, 2009 at 2:39 PM

Randy Barnett, Professor of Legal Theory at Georgetown, disagrees with you.

JDPerren on December 17, 2009 at 3:10 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

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

Tommy_G on December 17, 2009 at 2:04 PM

I’m betting Maddow would make him put on a dress.

Kensington on December 17, 2009 at 3:17 PM

A woman who I am acquainted with who lives in my neighborhood, cut her finger. It was late and she had to catch a flight out early in the morning. I looked at it and said I’ll drive you to the hospital and asked her if she was insured. She said no. I asked, Not at all? Nope, I pay cash.

Now while she lived well but modestly, she did have money. Better, her son who she worked for was very very very very rich. So, a million dollar bill would not phase them. It seemed odd but I guess it makes sense. It must be nice not to worry.

Blake on December 17, 2009 at 3:18 PM

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

Yep, well said. The Constitution grants powers to and establishes constraints on the federal government. It does not grant rights.

spmat on December 17, 2009 at 3:26 PM

How on earth is Obama going to form anymore of his infamous strawman arguments with this happening?
How can the R’s be demagogued and scapegoated as the only ones against this bill?
How can he begin his speeches with “those on the right who oppose this legislation”?
How can he now use “we can all agree that this bipartisan effort is necessary reform”?

ted c on December 17, 2009 at 3:31 PM

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

As much as I dislike Olbermann, I’m with him 100% on this one!!!

GFW on December 17, 2009 at 3:32 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

I realize, Ann, that you’ve already left the thread, but there are just a few things you should know.

1. Whenever I have the unfortunate experience of viewing Olby, I almost always think of you.

2. On more than one occasion, you’ve insisted that HA is horrible and repulsively far right. If that’s how you actually feel, then what do you hope to gain from continuing to post comments here? Is it the opportunity to argue with people whose IQ’s are at least 100 points higher than the average lib? Or is the prospect of captivating commenters like Liam what truly fires up your ego?

3. There were a couple of instances when you seized the opportunity to respond to my comments. From what you wrote, you thought there was some kinship between us because I’m a former Democrat. Ann, let me be clear: I am no longer a Democrat, my views are decidedly conservative, and I like the comments and the people who post them here on HA.

anXdem on December 17, 2009 at 3:32 PM

What about his merry band of disciples?

Has Simon Peter Orzsag denied Obama three times recently?

Was Howard Dean seen kissing Obama’s cheek the other night for a bagful of denari?

Have all of the prophecies been yet fulfilled?

I really thought that he said that he was the one we were waiting for?

How on earth can the left keep waiting?

ted c on December 17, 2009 at 3:33 PM

Olbermann opposes the senate healthcare reform bill, Olbermann is a brave patriot.

Millions of Americans in flyover country oppose it and peacefully march on Washington DC, and they are a violent mob of teabagging redneck racists.

The logic of the left is really an amazing thing.

UltimateBob on December 17, 2009 at 3:35 PM

He just doesn’t like that people are going to be forced to buy insurance from private companies.

If you force them into a government system he’s totally ok with it.

BadgerHawk on December 17, 2009 at 3:36 PM

Olbermann opposes the senate healthcare reform bill, Olbermann is a brave patriot.

Millions of Americans in flyover country oppose it and peacefully march on Washington DC, and they are a violent mob of teabagging redneck racists.

The logic of the left is really an amazing thing.

UltimateBob on December 17, 2009 at 3:35 PM

Hohohoho there Bob… great point! Why yes, Olberschnauzer has come full circle and now finds himself agreeing with *tschwing!* TEA PARTIERS!!!!

oh, if this irony were anymore delicious, it’d be Christmas…! Oh, wait, IT IS CHRISTMAS!!!!

ted c on December 17, 2009 at 3:38 PM

Even when that idiot sounds like he’s right…he’s totally wrong!

csdeven on December 17, 2009 at 3:38 PM

–You keep saying this, but there’s no support for this statement in the last sixty years of US Supreme Court cases.

Jimbo3 on December 17, 2009 at 2:39 PM

I know you have the legal cases to back up your position, and I generally give you the benefit of the doubt on these types of arguments, but I think you’re in the extreme minority arguing that the government has the constitutional authority to force people to buy whatever it feels like forcing them to buy.

BadgerHawk on December 17, 2009 at 3:45 PM

If this will put Olberman in jail, I am willing to rethink it.

bloggless on December 17, 2009 at 3:47 PM

Either you think he’s relevant or not.

Pick.

AnninCA on December 17, 2009 at 1:59 PM

The truth is relevant, and it doesn’t matter who speaks it. I would prefer it be someone other than Keith Olbermann, but it’s not a perfect world.

DFCtomm on December 17, 2009 at 3:47 PM

anXdem on December 17, 2009 at 3:32 PM

I thought it. So glad you said it.

Geochelone on December 17, 2009 at 3:47 PM

Does anyone else see some similarity between Olberman/Matthews, and Bert, and Ernie? LOL

capejasmine on December 17, 2009 at 2:24 PM

BWHA!

Now it All makes sense.

5u93rm4n on December 17, 2009 at 3:48 PM

–You keep saying this, but there’s no support for this statement in the last sixty years of US Supreme Court cases.

Jimbo3 on December 17, 2009 at 2:39 PM

Then the SCOTUS has strayed from the ideals of freedom, and needs to be corrected.

DFCtomm on December 17, 2009 at 3:49 PM

I think Olbermann will share a cell with Andrew Sullivan, that pipe-wielding Black Panther, and Obama’s illegal alien auntie.

Chris_Balsz on December 17, 2009 at 3:50 PM

This is why I have great hope in our future as bleak as it seems:
Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight. Is 5:21

We’ve now seen this verse come to life with this Global Warming hoax and the health care bill fiasco. Not to say the people pulling these strings aren’t dangerous and won’t annihilate western civilization for their own gain, but they aren’t as clever as they think. Their plans will ultimately fail most likely by their own hand.

quiz1 on December 17, 2009 at 3:52 PM

Why did you have to go and post something that forces me to agree with Keith Olbermann ?

J_Crater on December 17, 2009 at 3:57 PM

Liberals are laughably stupid. Olbermann is angry that there will NOT be another huge government program that will suck money out of the economy and eventually go bankrupty.

He’s angry that we’re not going to lower costs by increasing costs.

It bugs him that insurance companies like the one he voluntarily gives his money to may gain customers in this deal.

hawksruleva on December 17, 2009 at 4:02 PM

–You keep saying this, but there’s no support for this statement in the last sixty years of US Supreme Court cases.

Jimbo3 on December 17, 2009 at 2:39 PM
I know you have the legal cases to back up your position, and I generally give you the benefit of the doubt on these types of arguments, but I think you’re in the extreme minority arguing that the government has the constitutional authority to force people to buy whatever it feels like forcing them to buy.

BadgerHawk on December 17, 2009 at 3:45 PM

Actually, I think what he’s saying is that the court has simply stopped following the Constitution, and he would be correct. Of course, jimbo is THRILLED about this. I’m merely horrified.

runawayyyy on December 17, 2009 at 4:20 PM

I think Olby Boy is looking forward to his time in Jail.

antisocial on December 17, 2009 at 4:24 PM

“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?”

There is the conundrum of the limousine liberal and what makes them look like hypocrites, what is good for the goose isn’t good for the gander.

Olbermann wants to keep his cadillac plan while the rest of us line up at a DMV type clinic taking a number to see the one doctor working the day shift without a nurse or competent receptionist.

FireBlogger on December 17, 2009 at 4:30 PM

Just based on the headline, not the nuance…. Hades must have frozen over, because I said exactly the same thing when they reported on the penalties for not buying their insurance.

LegendHasIt on December 17, 2009 at 4:38 PM

Is that anything like moving to Cananda?

enginemike on December 17, 2009 at 4:46 PM

I know more than one person who has said they will not buy this if it is mandated from the government. The crazy thing is if there had been a public option, then Olbermann would have been fine with forcing people to buy into it. Makes no sense.

Terrye on December 17, 2009 at 5:01 PM

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.”

Shocking! As if Keef was all ready to sign up otherwise…

ddrintn on December 17, 2009 at 5:03 PM

Enjoyable though it is to have Olbermann throw a rhetorical grenade into the mix, one has to ask: where has he been the last year? Is he just discovering NOW that the purchase mandate is the core of the legislation?

Crocodile tears.

Chuckles3 on December 17, 2009 at 5:08 PM

LMAO. This millionaire media douche refuses to buy insurance and has that freedom, but somehow he wants to feign outrageous outrage that he can’t buy into a socialist system?

What a fuc*ing clown.

Jaibones on December 17, 2009 at 5:14 PM

Olbedrmann will eventually go to jail-for something. He’ll probably flip out one evening and take the whole msnbc staff hostage at the top of the NBC tower. The guy is a nut.

gary fouse on December 17, 2009 at 5:26 PM

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