If On-Air Posturing Gets Us a Step Closer to Health Care Reform, I’ll Take It

I could sit here and write a long post about all the reasons we need real reform (I’m starting to hate that word, but I don’t have a better one) — but our individual stories are the things that may ultimately get through to all those at the Health Care Summit.

If we stop talking about costs, profits, regulation and party politics and focus on the stories of people who are sinking as a result of the insurance mess we have now, maybe we could find a way to take care of each other.  Lately, I’ve been avoiding Keith Olbermann’s special comments, but this one struck a nerve and I hope it somehow resonates with a few people in that room at Blair House as they’re putting on a nice show for the American people.

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Finding a way to take care of our families and friends when they are sick so we don’t all go into bankruptcy.   As I say sometimes — yeah, I’m all crazy like that.

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7 Responses to “If On-Air Posturing Gets Us a Step Closer to Health Care Reform, I’ll Take It”

  1. Emily Says:

    That made me cry – I hope that his father passes peacefully not in pain. I’m glad they are sedating him now. My prayers go out to Keith Olbermann and his family. My husband was his stepdad’s medical proxy and he had DNR which came in handy after surgery caused his heart to protest (he was a life-long smoker and obese). But he had liver cancer so it probably was a blessing that he didn’t suffer more than he did. On the other hand, with my Dad his cancer came quick and strong and he only had about 2 weeks where he was really in any major discomfort. But I like how Olbermann is calling it a “life panel” because that is what it really is.

  2. Lisse Says:

    Olbermann is too often over the top for me, but I really appreciated this, both for the gut-wrenching position that most of us will face at some point in our lives, and for putting a human, if famous face on the health care debate.

    Lost in the emotion, may have been the notice that his father has been in the hospital for months and his oout-of-pocket expenses with Medicare were less than Keith’s have been on private insurance in the same time period.

    My mother is now Medicare age, but we have not had to deal with it much, I had assumed it wouldn’t cover what a good private plan does, so for him to point that out was eye-opening.

  3. Elena Says:

    I don’t get it. Olbermann had a discussion with his father’s doctors about end of life issues under our current system and somehow has it construed to be the “Death Panels” that anti-Obamacare folks have been talking about. It’s not the same thing at all. If Universal health care goes through a la Obama-type-care folks like his dad wouldn’t have had anywhere near the 6 months of treatment he got. And it wouldn’t have been up to his dad, or him or the doctors, but some pencil pusher keeping the purse strings. That sedative would have been given a lot sooner – and the sleep would have ended respiration instead of enhancing it.

    And in the interest of full disclosure I did just go through this with my mother who died of ovarian cancer in June.

  4. PunditMom Says:

    I think what he was saying was that IF the GOP gets its way and passes HCR that doesn’t permit an insurance company to pay for conversations with a doctor about end of life care, then pencil pushers will have the ultimate decision — what Palin and others have dubbed Death Panels. Somehow they then made the death panel conversation into applying to any end of life discussions.

  5. PunditMom Says:

    And, Elena, I’m very sorry to hear about your mother. My mother-in-law also died of ovarian cancer, so I know it must have been an extremely difficult time.

  6. Elena Says:

    Maybe I haven’t caught that part of the discussion, but it didn’t seem to me that the “not paying for end of life conversation” was the biggest issue the GOP was fighting against in health care reform! I felt that Olbermann was trying to make a connection between his father’s situation and the need for national health care, but actually as he was talking about everything that was being done for his father it seemed that the current system had worked out pretty well for his dad.

    Thank you for your kind words about my mother. I don’t think the shock of it all has worn off yet almost nine months later.

  7. Lafftur Says:

    It’s the refrain at the end that pierces me to the heart: “Help. Help. Help. Help.”


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