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10/21/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Bill Moyers: "We Should Be Treating Health As A Condition, Not A Commodity"

On Friday's episode of Bill Moyers Journal, Moyers succinctly described the current state of the health care debate: "here we are, wallowing in our dysfunction."

After some words about the armed protesters at Town Hall events, Moyers turned to Obama's role in the debate:

Poor Obama. He came to town preaching the religion of nice. But every time he bows politely, the harder the Republicans kick him.

No one's ever conquered Washington politics by constantly saying "pretty please" to the guys trying to cut your throat.

"Let's get on with it, Mr. President," Moyers said, and added a few moments later: "I mean this is topsy-turvy -- we should be treating health as a condition, not a commodity."

See more clips from Friday's show here.

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