Like Senator Ted Kennedy before him, Keith Olbermann has enough money to pay for the best health care money will buy. He doesn't need to be concerned about what everyone else is doing for health insurance, but he is. In the most personal way, he's very concerned and he's using his pulpit on MSNBC to dare us to talk and think about it.
Yes, he's a Liberal, so I'm sure many people didn't watch his show tonight, which was entirely devoted to health care reform. But quality health care isn't about being a Democrat or Republican, a Liberal or a Conservative. It's a human issue. It's the most basic human issue. It's about how we treat each other and how we are each treated individually in our greatest time of need. In fact, I believe, as I've said before, that it's the moral issue of our time.
I honestly don't care what your political persuasion is, you owe it to yourself to really honestly and with an open mind think about health care reform. Why do you believe what you believe about health care reform? Why has health care in the United States become a class issue, giving those with lots of money and financial resources top shelf care and those without money almost no care? Why is it okay that 46 million people have no insurance in this country and that 45,000 people die annually - 1 every 12 minutes - due to a lack of health insurance? If you are against the public option in health insurance, why is that?
Keith Olbermann's Special Comment, Health Care: The Fight Against Death is about an hour long in five parts. It's worth every single second. It's personal, raw, intense, and tragic. It's also some of the most important television you'll watch.