Video: Jon Stewart and the “Spinning Beachball of Health Care”
posted at 12:01 pm on October 22, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
Two weeks ago, Jon Stewart ripped Kathleen Sebelius for lying to him about the ObamaCare rollout during her segment on the Daily Show. Last night, Stewart pulled no punches in going after the top banana in a ten-minute extended rant over the unfolding disaster. After playing a montage of Barack Obama claims from yesterday’s Rose Garden pep rally, Stewart quipped, “Ron Popeil kept on selling!” Be sure to stick around to the end, too, for a riff on the age of the underlying software in the system:
Other than a fifteen-second shot at the GOP over post-shutdown polling, there isn’t a hint of a “pox upon both houses” approach from Stewart. Obama and his fellow Democrats own this debacle entirely, and Stewart doesn’t let up for the entire segment; if anything, he focuses mostly on Obama and his attempts to spin failure into success.
Ron Fournier wonders whether Obama risks losing millenials in this disaster, with their cultural icons expressing more and more anger over the incompetence and dishonesty from the administration:
And two weeks ago, it was Stewart again whom conservative media hosts, pundits, and politicians alike cited after his interview with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. There, Stewart asked several difficult questions of the administration official leading the health care rollout, including why a one-year delay was granted for some businesses and not for individuals. Sebelius walked around many of the questions, and conservatives jumped on it. …
But with Stewart’s younger audience—a Pew poll in September 2012 found that 39 percent of The Daily Show‘s viewers are under 30—this continued badgering could be problematic for the president. That same demographic, Americans ages 18-29, were split on how well the health care exchanges were working online—37 percent both saying it went well and went poorly, according to a new Pew poll.
And the very people whom the Obama administration needs to sign up for health care exchanges are young, healthy people.
The bigger problem among millenials, at least those over 26 years of age, will be when the exchanges finally work right — and they get the ridiculous bills for comprehensive health insurance that few actually need and which won’t cover the first several thousands of dollars of costs anyway. In the long run, ridicule from Stewart will be a minor irritant. The economics of ObamaCare and its massive wealth transfer from young, healthy adults to middle-aged and wealthier Americans will become apparent, and an entire generation will realize they’ve been had. Even Ron Popeil couldn’t fix that problem.