This is a rush transcript from "Glenn Beck," August 17, 2010. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
GLENN BECK, HOST: OK. Those crazy conspiracy theorists are back with the death panels — yes, back in the news again. Don't you hate those conspiracy hate-mongers?
Here's what I told you death panels really were a year ago:
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BECK: I want to make it very, very clear what these people are talking about is how to ration in case of an emergency. They define that as a shortage — a shortage of kidneys, hospital beds or flu vaccine — a shortage.
But what we have to remember is universal health care creates another shortage: a shortage of money. And when we are out of money, these people will begin making the rules governing your health care.
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No, not going to happen, because here's what they said about me saying that:
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KEITH OLBERMANN, HOST, "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN": There is no death panel. There is no judgment based on societal productivity. There is no worthiness test.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: We plan to set up panels of bureaucrats with the power to kill off senior citizens. It is a lie, plain and simple.
(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)
RACHEL MADDOW, HOST, "THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW": The real agenda lurking behind health care reform is a secret plot to kill old people.
VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: No panel is going to sit down and tell your doctor anything about how to care for you. We are all going to get to it, that end of life period. It's malarkey.
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BECK: No panel. It's — no panel. It's a lie. Ridiculous conspiracy.
Except your first death panel is here: "Federal regulators are considering taking the highly unusual step of rescinding approval of a drug that patients with advanced breast cancer turn to as a last-ditch hope."
What do the president and the vice president have to say now? Malarkey — there is no panel. And the propagandists over at MSNBC — oh, they're having a good chortle over this one, I'm sure.
See, it's not that they'd ever be called death panels or anything like that. The point has always been with this new system — it's based on money. It's possibly happening now exactly the way we said it would happen — malarkey.
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