Olbermann's Pledge: I'll Go To Jail Before Buying ObamaCare Insurance

Maybe Leavenworth has a TV studio Keith could use . . .

On tonight's Countdown, Olbermann vowed to break the law and go to jail if ObamaCare requires him to buy private-sector health care insurance.  Keith made his macho boast in the course of his melodramatic Special Comment this evening.

KEITH OLBERMANN: Health care reform that benefits the industry at the cost of the people is intolerable and there are no moral constructs in which it can be supported. And if still the bill, and this heinous mandate become law, there is yet further reaction required. I call on all those whose conscience urges them to fight to use the only weapon that will left to us if this bill as currently constituted becomes law.  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.  Pass this at your peril, senators. And sign it at yours, Mr. President. I will not buy this insurance. Brand me a law-breaker if you choose.  Fine me if you will.  Jail me if you must.

Hmm. A guy who threatens civil disobedience rather than comply with an onerous big-government mandate.  Keith Olbermann: incipient conservative?

Mark Finkelstein
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