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Olbermann blasts Brown-Waite on health care

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MSNBC's liberal firebrand Keith Olbermann blasted Congresswoman Ginny Brown-Waite on Monday night's Countdown for her cozy relationship with the health insurance industry. He included the Brooksville Republican in a larger segment that noted Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats who received big money from special interests and oppose a public health care plan.

Olbermann highlighted Brown-Waite's stuttering delivery of the much-quoted "drop dead" speech and then noted the $369,255 she received in campaign contributions from the insurance industry in past years.

For the full dress-down, read below.

Olbermann: "How about Congresswoman Ginny Brown-Waite. Good evening, ma'am. You are the Florida representative who claimed on the floor that Democrats 'released a health care bill which essentially said to America's seniors: drop dead.' Now those are strong and terrorizing words. That's exactly what your insurance and medical overlords wanted to hear. But are you truly worth every dollar of the 369,255 of them you have received over the years from the health sector? [He is using numbers from the Center for Responsive Politics.] I'd read the rest of the operative part of your great speech myself but your rendition actually cannot be matched."

[He played an excerpt of the speech, video here, where she stumbles on the word "decimating."]

Olbermann: "You can always tell, can't you congresswoman, when the hostage is reading her own ransom note and when she is reading one written for her. So much for Congresswoman Brown-Waite."

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[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 4:55pm]

    

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