On Tuesday, MSNBC host Ed Schultz reacted to Glenn Beck’s recent health problems -- which were revealed in a special Monday episode of The Glenn Beck Program on TheBlaze TV -- and made the case that Beck did the country a “real favor.” More specifically, Schultz argued that Beck’s dire health situation brings attention to the national conversation about the importance of health insurance.
“Pretty scary. You can almost hear the fear in his voice,” Schultz said, reacting to a clip from Beck’s Monday special. “He’s certainly been through quite a medical ordeal. While plagued by illness, Beck was able to find care.”
But Schultz said not everyone is as wealthy as Beck, therefore they won’t have the same “access” and “opportunity.” This was his basis for claiming Beck’s health scare demonstrates the need for a federal health care program like Obamacare.
“Someone without insurance would not have the resources to see any doctors at all,” the MSNBC host added. “Now, listening to Beck, can you imagine what that would be like?”
He went on to claim that Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act, gives Americans “an unprecedented opportunity for care.”
“I don’t know Beck, I have no desire to know him. I’ve had my battles with him over the years, no big deal. It’s media mudslinging, whatever,” Schultz said. “But I’m curious about his motivation for sharing this illness with his viewers and people that basically are followers and worshippers of what the guy says and does. I hope that his story motivates those who think that Obamacare is bad, that maybe they will rethink the situation, that seeing a doctor and having it covered is paramount to a good life, to a chance at a good life.”
Going further, Schultz said Beck’s situation could mean a better chance at a dialogue between conservatives and liberals on health care.
Watch the segment below via MSNBC: