MSNBC’s Ed Schultz: Republicans ‘Want to See You Dead’

September 24, 2009 - 4:47 PM
MSNBC talk show host Ed Schultz, discussing health care reform on his program on Wednesday night, said that Republicans "want to see you dead."
(CNSNews.com) - MSNBC talk show host Ed Schultz, discussing health care reform on his program on Wednesday, said that Republicans “want to see you dead.”
 
Hold it right there,” Schultz said. “The Republicans lie. They want to see you dead. They‘d rather make money off your dead corpse. They kind of like it when that woman has cancer and they don’t have anything for her. That‘s how the insurance companies make money, by denying the coverage.”



The outburst came when Schultz was discussing a videotape of an exchange that took place between House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R.-Va.) and a woman whose uninsured relative was diagnosed with stomach tumors.
 
Cantor told CNSNews.com that Schultz’ rhetoric was “over the top.”
 
“We need to be civil about the debate in health care right now,” Cantor told CNSNews.com on Thursday. “Obviously people across the country are very impassioned about their care and the direction the country is headed in."
 
Schultz’ comment that Republicans “want to see you dead” came after he played a clip of Patricia Churchill speaking to Cantor and a panel of congressmen in Richmond, Va., Monday night about her relative.
 
“She lost her job,” said Churchill on the clip. “Just a couple of weeks ago she found out that she have (sic) tumors in her belly and that she needs an operation. Her doctors told her that they are growing and she needs to get this operation quickly. She has no insurance.”
 
Cantor responded: “I guess I would ask what the situation is in terms of income eligibility and the existing programs that are out there, because if we look at the uninsured right now, there is probably 23 percent, 24 percent of the uninsured that is already eligible for an existing government program. Beyond that, I know that there are programs, there are charitable organizations, there are hospitals here who do provide charity care."

After making fun of Cantor and Republicans, Schultz became vitriolic.

Cantor should know that there‘s no such thing as a free lunch in health care,” said Schultz. “The hospital passes the costs on to the other patients, or they pass it on to the insurance companies, and then they pass it on to you and me in some form of a higher premium. And that‘s how the hell we got started in this whole debate in this country in the first place about health care reform.

“Hold it right there,” said Schultz.  “The Republicans lie. They want to see you dead. They‘d rather make money off your dead corpse. They kind of like it when that woman has cancer and they don’t have anything for her. That‘s how the insurance companies make money, by denying the coverage.”

Cantor told CNSNews.com that the incident occurred at a bipartisan health-care forum.

“I was participating along with my colleague from across the aisle--Congressman Bobby Scott (D-Va.)--and we were confronted by an individual that is a constituent, that had a friend that was facing a terrible situation,” he said.

Cantor said he needed information, and was trying to provide advice.

“I needed to know the particulars of this individual, whether she fit into the criteria of any existing government program that perhaps could give her immediate relief,” Cantor said. “And if that didn’t work, (I wanted her to know) that that there were opportunities for charities and hospitals and programs to try to get some immediate relief.”

Cantor said he wasn’t talking health-care policy, he was trying to help a constituent.

“We weren’t talking about Washington,” Cantor said. “This was a case of a constituent in need. We were talking about the problem that an individual was facing in the immediacy of a health-care crisis.”
 
Cantor added: “It’s the same advice that the American Cancer Society gives on its own Web site.”