On his show last night FNC’s Bill O’Reilly endorsed the public option element of healthcare reform. O’Reilly said, “If the government can cobble together a cheaper insurance policy that gives the same benefits, I see that as a plus for the folks.” So does this mean that in Glenn Beck’s mind, Bill O’Reilly is now a socialist?
Here is the video:
O’Reilly said, “But you know, I want that, Ms. Owcharenko. I want that. I want, not for personally for me, but for working Americans, to have a option, that if they don’t like their health insurance, if it’s too expensive, they can’t afford it, if the government can cobble together a cheaper insurance policy that gives the same benefits, I see that as a plus for the folks.”
As Think Progress has pointed out, just last month O’Reilly called the public option socialist, “The government to run the nation’s health care system. That’s because the Feds can then redistribute income much easier, shifting resources to the poor and away from corporations and the affluent. … It’s not really about health care. It’s about socialism.”
That’s the great thing about Bill O’Reilly, if you just wait long enough, whatever he is against, he will soon be for. How long will it be before Beck declares that Obama has brainwashed O’Reilly and turned him into a communist/socialist danger to America? The video above has got to be a little unnerving for supporters of the public option, since they rarely believe that O’Reilly is correct about anything.