Glenn Beck: Obama's 'typical white' grandmother
August 12, 2009
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GLENN: ‑‑ to the ‑‑ what did Sarah Palin call the death panels? You laugh all the way to the death panels. Go ahead. Laugh all you want, America.
Let me give you this from Bloomberg today. President Barack Obama has said his grandmother's hip replacement surgery during the final weeks of her life made him wonder whether expensive procedures for the terminally ill reflect a sustainable model for healthcare. The president's grandmother, the up with ‑‑ what did he call his grandma? Here, I have it.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: She is a typical white person who if she sees somebody on the street that she doesn't know, there's a reaction that's been bred into ‑‑
PAT: Bred into her, scared.
GLENN: Hatred was bred into his typical white person grandmother.
PAT: It's in the white person DNA.
GLENN: So President Obama said his grandmother's hip replacement surgery during the final weeks of her life made him wonder about the expensive procedures for the terminally ill, if they reflect a sustainable model for healthcare. The president's grandmother had a hip replaced after she was diagnosed with cancer. Obama said in an interview with a New York Times magazine that was published today. Dunham, who lived in Honolulu died at the age of 86 two days before her grandson's election victory. "I don't know how much that hip replacement cost..." wow, he should have figured that out. I mean, isn't he ‑‑ two days before the election he was a millionaire then. He should have just paid for grandma's hip replacement. If he was worried it was a sustainable model, I mean, why didn't he just ‑‑ he's a millionaire. Why didn't he take her out of that evil health insurance thing? You know, for instance, I don't believe Rush has health insurance. I think Rush just pays for it. You know, you're a millionaire. Why not just pay for it, Barack. And especially your grandmother. He said, I would have paid out of pocket for that hip replacement just because she's my grandmother. He didn't. But he would have. Obama said, "You just get some very difficult moral issues when considering whether to give my grandmother or everyone else's aging grandparents or parents a hip replacement when they're terminally ill. That's where I think you've got to get into some very difficult moral issues."
PAT: Like what?
GLENN: The chronically ill and those toward the end of their lives are accounting for potentially 80% of the total healthcare bill out there. Not just the terminally ill. Now he's moved it from his grandmother to the terminally ill, which she was, to the "And those toward the end of their life." Obama promised during a presidential campaign that healthcare overhaul would be top priority. He said that at a Missouri town hall meeting yesterday he hopes congress will pass healthcare legislation. The issue has been divisive. Finding an answer to that will keep costs down while extending coverage to the estimated 46 million Americans without health assurance has eluded past presidents. Ruthless pragmatism. Obama said that his economic advisors aren't constrained by ideology or connections to former treasury secretary Robert Rubin. "What I have been constantly been searching for is a ruthless pragmatism when it comes to economic policy. When it comes to something like investment banking versus commercial banking," blah, blah‑blah, blah‑blah, blah‑blah.
Okay. Ruthless pragmatism. Stu, can you define that?
STU: Well, I mean, it comes back to specifically I think the things like the disability adjusted life expectancy, when you are not living a quality life, if you are a complete ‑‑ in the complete life system.
GLENN: So in other words, if you have a child, if I can remember the words from, I believe it was Holdren, it's one of the czars, that if you have a ‑‑ no, I think it was Ezekiel. I don't have it in front of me. It's one of the czars to where if you have a person who is so disabled and will not be able to be pulled out of the disability that they don't really count as a productive member of society. And therefore shouldn't receive any healthcare money, that would be ruthless and pragmatic.
STU: Both. It would qualify for both.
GLENN: So we know that he questioned whether or not to give his own mother ‑‑ grandmother, a woman he loved so dearly...
PRESIDENT OBAMA: She is a typical white person.
GLENN: You know, somebody that he just loved so dearly. He wondered if she should have a hip replacement surgery done at the end of her life. I wonder if he's going to love your grandmother as much.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: She is a typical white person.
GLENN: And make that decision for you because you can't make ‑‑ as he couldn't make it. He couldn't tell grandma not to have that. He loves her. So that's the problem. Maybe we just need a nanny. Maybe we just need some parent who will make that decision for us because we're too close, as he was. He was too close to his grandmother to make that decision. So maybe we should just have some sort of a panel make that decision for us.
STU: And all of this sound so horrific I think to American audiences because it's so against our culture. But this, it's our culture that's the different one. All around Europe and everywhere else, that's how they make these decisions.
PAT: More pragmatic.
GLENN: Yes, but more ruthless. More ruthless I think we've found over the years. Here's the ‑‑
STU: But that's the reason. The reason we spend more on healthcare is ‑‑
GLENN: Is because we care.
STU: ‑‑ because we care.
GLENN: We care about the elderly.
STU: We spend money two weeks before they die. They don't. They get off. They don't ‑‑
GLENN: We value life in this country and when you start devaluing life, then you're in trouble. You let people make their own decisions. You know there's a lot of ways that you could let the private industry come up with insurance.
Look, why don't you have a 20‑year plan. Rand Paul was on the program and he said have a 20‑year insurance plan. So you buy into insurance, you get it for 20 years. So that way if you get sick or something, they can't take you off. Everybody is the same. They just get a 20‑year plan. Now, as you get older, it's just like life insurance. As you get older, you are going to have to pay more. I mean, it's crazy what we're doing here. It is crazy.