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.


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Ron Popeil was a friend of mine.
You, Barack Obama, are no Ron Popeil.

22044 on October 22, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Before I watch JS video, I would like to say that headlines about JS “ripping” anything Obama usually result in JS criticizing Obama by ripping FOXN and GOP…
That said, here I go.

mjbrooks3 on October 22, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Who did he steal the Obama Popeil quip from? Because he sure didn’t think it up himself.

Christien on October 22, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Enough with Stewart. A headline post of this idiot was enough torture. He’s mad for all the wrong reasons. While nice schadenfreude, he is no help to our side. If repealing ACA were a real option right now he would be making idiotic comedy about how Republicans are trying to kill uninsured babies.

NotCoach on October 22, 2013 at 12:11 PM

I loathe that you give this comedian space here.
I only watch CC for South Park. What’s the deal? You suck up to him as much as his #1 doe-eyed fan, Bill Oh.

He’s not a Conservative’s buddy. He hates you.

Marcus on October 22, 2013 at 12:12 PM

No worries, Jon will be back to fellating obama by the end of the week.

HumpBot Salvation on October 22, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Sadly, we are being distracted by the pinning beach ball. The website will be fixed.

The lack of signups should be our focus.

It has been 3 weeks, and Obama can’t find 13 people that have signed up.

I thought 30 million needed, nay wanted, this.

faraway on October 22, 2013 at 12:12 PM

The audience is full of leftard morons.

He played them in the beginning and then they were gasping for oxygen, which is wasted on all.

Schadenfreude on October 22, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Watching the likes of Jon Stewart, Ezra Klein and others on the left wail about the problems with the rollout is an interesting Rohrshach test.

At first blush it looks to us like purely insincere disingenuousness — the problems that would arise from the ACA were noted when it was enacted, they just chose to ignore those warnings and cheerlead for the law anyway. Now they’re changing their tune about something they were repeatedly told about and chose to dismiss — it looks opportunistic and cynical.

But on second thought it could be rooted in a fundamental naivete, an incuriousness on the part of the left — that they REALLY DO believe that big government solutions work if only the right people, the right smart well-intentioned people, are in charge. And then when it doesn’t, they blame incompetence or venality rather than recognizing that something was a stupid idea to begin with.

Chuckles3 on October 22, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Note that the azzhole in chief no longer calls it obama’care’, as of yesterday. He now calls it the ‘Affordable’ ‘Care’ ‘Act’.

It sure is NOT affordable, NOT care and an act.

Schadenfreude on October 22, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Don’t ignore this. With obama’care’, it will put the land under.

Schadenfreude on October 22, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Video: Jon Stewart and the “Spinning Beachball of Health Care”

The Trotskyites can always depend upon Leno, Stewart, Colbert and company to run interference for them by making light-hearted fun of their disasters, in a self-deprecating sort of way, thus deflecting any real, biting criticism and ameliorating the profound negative effects of their “policies”.

Hey, they did it for Joe Biden successfully for years now…

Dr. ZhivBlago on October 22, 2013 at 12:18 PM

We all know he is an Obamabot, but he does awaken for 10 minutes of his life to absolutely destroy the idiocy of the website and the massive lies of one Barack Hussein Obama. I found it hilarious as a comedy piece.

hillsoftx on October 22, 2013 at 12:18 PM

While I understand the need to highlight that one of the millenial’s heroes has spoken, I just can’t get past his thrice annual obligation to be fair. Once the website is fixed, this will be the greatest program ever and if you don’t sign on, well you’re just racist.

Cindy Munford on October 22, 2013 at 12:19 PM

It is your duty as a free American to NOT comply.

I will not comply because I am a free citizen of the United States, not a subject of its government. I consider non-compliance with this monstrosity and the tens of thousands of pages of regulations that are to be enforced by an unelected bureaucracy, and that have left a gigantic carbon footprint on our environment and the United States Constitution, a duty.

Non-compliance is my executive order, and that order reads in part that I do not recognize any government’s claim on my action or inaction in the marketplace, nor upon any personal information I am unwilling to divulge.

Schadenfreude on October 22, 2013 at 12:20 PM

an entire generation will realize they’ve been had

GOOD! Then maybe then the stupid asses will wake up and realize that nothing is “free”!

GarandFan on October 22, 2013 at 12:20 PM

So, Jon Stewart is demanding to defund?

Bmore on October 22, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Yes, I’m gonna quote myself from Headlines…

This is another John Stewart lament. His goal is to embarrass the WH into fixing the site, not to destroy Ocare. He states that he believes that the Left was on the verge of destroying the voice of conservatives until this embarrassment.

Had this been a Bush debacle, the goal would be to destroy his presidency.

His approach is clear. NEVER trust Stewart. He’s an avowed leftist and knows what he’s doing.

It’s sort of like Vikings fans booing Ponder. It doesn’t mean they want the Vikings to lose, they just want better representation on the field.

mankai on October 22, 2013 at 9:22 AM

Funny, but not damaging.

Remember the old HBO show “Not Necessarily the News”? The tip O’Neill jokes circled around “Tip is fat.” The Reagan jokes waltzed into the “Reagan is secretly a Nazi” territory. Both had a laugh track, but the implications were very different.

Stewart is more subtle. His goal with the Left is to move them into a place of gain, his goal with the Right is defeat and destruction.

mankai on October 22, 2013 at 10:45 AM

He makes fun of the web site, not the concept.

The man openly groans that the Left was on the verge of silencing the Right. HC.gov is a blip. He’s just ticked that it got in the way of what he perceived was a coming electoral backlash against the GOP for the shutdown.

mankai on October 22, 2013 at 12:22 PM

I loathe that you give this comedian space here.
I only watch CC for South Park. What’s the deal? You suck up to him as much as his #1 doe-eyed fan, Bill Oh.

He’s not a Conservative’s buddy. He hates you.

Marcus on October 22, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Honestly, I never cared about anything that Jon has ever said. I only liked the Daily Show when Carrell and Colbert were on it (and to a lesser extent, Vance Degeneres).

The media has generally been afraid of Jon ever since he single handedly took down the original Crossfire. Even conservatives rarely go after him the way they should (I don’t count Bill O’ in that group).

Myron Falwell on October 22, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Ok, I watched it and laughed. What he said was factually correct that the website sucks. Notice though that he never said that obamacare sucked just the rollout of the website and the media coverage of it spanning three weeks now.

He would still fall to his knees in barkys presence, that much I’d bet my house on it.

Suck it John, you helped bring it.

D-fusit on October 22, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Schadenfreude on October 22, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Lolz! 0 and crew must have seen this.

Bmore on October 22, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Ron Popeil was a friend of mine.
You, Barack Obama, are no Ron Popeil.

22044 on October 22, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Locally the Sham Wow Guy comparison seems to be getting more air time. But I think the Gil comparison is pretty apt.

Happy Nomad on October 22, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Ron Popeil was a friend of mine.
You, Barack Obama, are no Ron Popeil.

22044 on October 22, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Locally the Sham Wow Guy comparison seems to be getting more air time. But I think the Gil comparison is pretty apt.

Happy Nomad on October 22, 2013 at 12:24 PM

That Billy Mays is dead and Vince the Sham Wow Guy is still alive is a travesty of biblical proportions.

Myron Falwell on October 22, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Note that the azzhole in chief no longer calls it obama’care’, as of yesterday. He now calls it the ‘Affordable’ ‘Care’ ‘Act’.

It sure is NOT affordable, NOT care and an act.

Schadenfreude on October 22, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Yeah, I noted that shift about the time the glitches started on October 1st. He’s trying to distance himself from this debacle even though he owns it.

I’ve got to think that Stewart will be getting an IRS audit now that he’s mocked the lazy stupid boy king.

Happy Nomad on October 22, 2013 at 12:27 PM

I watched the video and it only reinforces what I said upthread. Everything for Stewart is about the fact that the government screwed the awesomeness that is ObamaCare. Stewart is way too big a Commie to understand the real flaws with this legislation.

NotCoach on October 22, 2013 at 12:28 PM

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.

The Youth Shakedown and Unaffordable Care Act.

Bitter Clinger on October 22, 2013 at 12:28 PM

That Billy Mays is dead and Vince the Sham Wow Guy is still alive is a travesty of biblical proportions.

Myron Falwell on October 22, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Informercials are old school. I fully expect Obama to be hawking Obamacare on The Home Shopping Network before much longer.

Happy Nomad on October 22, 2013 at 12:30 PM

I’ve got to think that Stewart will be getting an IRS audit now that he’s mocked the lazy stupid boy king.

Happy Nomad on October 22, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Schadenfreude on October 22, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Since when is John Stewart a “cultural icon” ed?? Cmon

jephthah on October 22, 2013 at 12:31 PM

After playing a montage of Barack Obama claims from yesterday’s Rose Garden pep rally, Stewart quipped, “Ron Popeil kept on selling!”

Ron Popeil built his own business and sold stuff that actually worked. There should be a slander lawsuit against Stewart coming for comparing a successful businessman to this incompetent, inept, malevolent retard from the third world.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on October 22, 2013 at 12:35 PM

You want to see for Obamacare really crater? Let the multi-ethnic younger generations of Libs know that their money is going to old, white, conservatives.

Charlemagne on October 22, 2013 at 12:35 PM

o/t and nausea-inducing:

Good News: Insane McVain Says He Is “Seriously Thinking About” Another Run For President In 2016…

The man is seriously delusional.

Resist We Much on October 22, 2013 at 12:36 PM

I saw an infomercial yesterday on the latest version of ‘Flex Seal’ – a clear transparent spray designed to stop leaks.

I expected to see Barack Obama pitching it since it seems it get’s regular use around ‘the most open and transparent administration ever’.

Athos on October 22, 2013 at 12:37 PM

In this clip, Jon Stewart openly admits he and his side want an 80% Dem to 20% Repub power split in America–in other words, a one-party state. Remember, these are the scumbags shoving “diversity” and “tolerance” down everyone else’s throats.

If you still think he’s funny, you need to check yourself.

Christien on October 22, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Good News: Insane McVain Says He Is “Seriously Thinking About” Another Run For President In 2016…

The man is seriously delusional.

Resist We Much on October 22, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Challenging Hillary for the Dem nomination? Wow, Senator Nightingale is getting ambitious.

Athos on October 22, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Im done watching Stewart clips for the 2 seconds when he stops ripping on republicans – it doesnt mean he’s endorsing or even understanding conservative ideals. That will never happen.

I do, however, get the point that he has some influence with teenagers, so his mocking Obama is a smallish, good thing.

LASue on October 22, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Actually, I think that he was referring to running for Senate again, but WeaselZippers had the presidential run headline.

Either way.

Resist We Much on October 22, 2013 at 12:40 PM

I lost it at “the calculator doesn’t work?!?”…

JetBoy on October 22, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Ron Popeil built his own business and sold stuff that actually worked. There should be a slander lawsuit against Stewart coming for comparing a successful businessman to this incompetent, inept, malevolent retard from the third world.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on October 22, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Yeah, before Popeil it was impossible to scratch that itch to fish without having to drag along a huge fishing pole, you couldn’t scramble an egg in its shell, and people had to run around in stud free clothes. And yet, all these worthless products have more value than Obamacare.

Happy Nomad on October 22, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Good News: Insane McVain Says He Is “Seriously Thinking About” Another Run For President In 2016…

Resist We Much on October 22, 2013 at 12:36 PM

I hope he does run. It will split the RINO vote – which never happens.

faraway on October 22, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Good News: Insane McVain Says He Is “Seriously Thinking About” Another Run For President In 2016…

The man is seriously delusional.

Resist We Much on October 22, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Challenging Hillary for the Dem nomination? Wow, Senator Nightingale is getting ambitious.

Athos on October 22, 2013 at 12:38 PM

He’s doing this because he knows he will lose in the 2016 Arizona senate primary.

Hopefully McCant, Kristie Kreme and Peter King cancel each other out on the primaries as they all try to out-Maverick each other.

Myron Falwell on October 22, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Good News: Insane McVain Says He Is “Seriously Thinking About” Another Run For President In 2016…

Resist We Much on October 22, 2013 at 12:36 PM

I don’t think he’d beat Hillary in the primaries. Hell, I don’t think he’d beat Biden either.

Happy Nomad on October 22, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Where are the young libertarians in his audience? You’d think that just having a website called “healthcare.gov” should make them start marching in the streets.

monalisa on October 22, 2013 at 12:49 PM

A great fear will settle in across the land very soon. Single Payer is the solution.

Bmore on October 22, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Resist We Much on October 22, 2013 at 12:36 PM

I have to tell you that bothers me less than him thinking of running again for his senate seat.

Cindy Munford on October 22, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Where are the young libertarians in his audience? You’d think that just having a website called “healthcare.gov” should make them start marching in the streets.

monalisa on October 22, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Where are the HA trolls? You’d think they’d be out in force talking about how wonderful Obamacare is.

Happy Nomad on October 22, 2013 at 1:00 PM

A great fear will settle in across the land very soon. Single Payer is the solution.

Bmore on October 22, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Bmore I think we just immediately skip the whole single payer solution and just go straight to the embedded bar codes on our wrists and embedded chips. /sarc

g2825m on October 22, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Hahaha this is classic from Ted Cruz:
“You may have noticed that all the Nigerian email scammers have become a lot less active lately,” Cruz said, according to the Houston Chronicle. “They all have been hired to run the Obamacare website.”

http://houston.cbslocal.com/2013/10/22/cruz-nigerian-email-scammers-running-obamacare-website/

g2825m on October 22, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Ron Popeil didn’t build Ronco

-BHO

DOOF on October 22, 2013 at 1:08 PM

At least most of Ron Popiel’s products actually do work. The Showtime Rotisserie Oven is a good product, Obamacare, is more like the Ronco can of bald spot paint.

simkeith on October 22, 2013 at 1:11 PM

At least Ronco tried to respond to actual market demand and at the mercy of market forces.

Government programs are immune.

Help me, Mr. Popeil!

mankai on October 22, 2013 at 1:21 PM

But on second thought it could be rooted in a fundamental naivete, an incuriousness on the part of the left — that they REALLY DO believe that big government solutions work if only the right people, the right smart well-intentioned people, are in charge. And then when it doesn’t, they blame incompetence or venality rather than recognizing that something was a stupid idea to begin with.

Chuckles3 on October 22, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Chuckles, you have nailed it – it has always been, since the beginning of the Age of Enlightenment (itself a self-promoting title), a Utopian dream that the best and brightest will lead society into a fairyland of unicorns and Skittles, where everything will be just fine. For those who “cannot accept” a future in heaven, this is indeed their Valhalla, right here on earth. Progressives have always believed thusly, despite all evidence to the contrary, proving to the observant that it is indeed faith-based.

DublOh7 on October 22, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Ron Popeil was a friend of mine.
You, Barack Obama, are no Ron Popeil.

22044 on October 22, 2013 at 12:05 PM

THREAD WINNER!!

And comparing Obama to Ron Popeil is an insult of epic proportions.

Khun Joe on October 22, 2013 at 2:12 PM

o/t and nausea-inducing:

Good News: Insane McVain Says He Is “Seriously Thinking About” Another Run For President In 2016…

The man is seriously delusional.

Resist We Much on October 22, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Well, he did come SO CLOSE last time (giggle)

Wish I weren’t at work, I’d link the YouTube video were McCain said he never called himself a Maverick. Comedy-effin-GOLD!!!!

Pale Rider on October 22, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Good News: Insane McVain Says He Is “Seriously Thinking About” Another Run For President In 2016…

Resist We Much on October 22, 2013 at 12:36 PM

“I don’t always stab folks in the back…”

dominigan on October 22, 2013 at 2:24 PM

“Thank you, Sanjay, I tried that already.”

vityas on October 22, 2013 at 3:09 PM

The only thing I want to know is when will the “death spiral” begin? I know that there is some reporting about the high premiums and deductibles but the millenials, who will bankroll the train wreck, have not yet had a chance for a clear view of the reality of the costs of Obummercare.

soghornetgunner on October 22, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Ron Popeil was a friend of mine.
You, Barack Obama, are no Ron Popeil.

22044 on October 22, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Woot, Woot, Wooot, What a hoot!!! Eh? I love it.

soghornetgunner on October 22, 2013 at 4:45 PM

“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.”

Ed nailed it. The incompetence is hiding the injustice – for now.

David Blue on October 22, 2013 at 6:52 PM

The website is fixable, the program is not.

For the moment laughing at the website will benefit the Republican Party, but, that will only work in the short run.

Before that benefit is realized the Democrat media machine will be on to another crisis that only government intervention can fix.

jpmn on October 23, 2013 at 9:41 AM