Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart spent last week mocking the GOP for opposing Obamacare, ignoring legitimate concerns Republicans raised about both the health care legislation itself and its bungled launch.
Turns out the funny man did hear the GOP’s complaints.
Stewart interviewed Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Monday’s edition of The Daily Show, and he proceeded to both mock and shred her attempt to talk up Obamacare. One almost could feel sorry for an Obama administration official forced to defend the president’s signature train wreck.
Stewart kept his clown nose on for the start of their chat to highlight Obamacare’s deeply flawed web component.
We’re going to do a challenge,” Stewart said at the start of the interview. “I’m going to try and download every movie ever made, and you are going to try to sign up for Obamacare — and we’ll see which happens first.
Ouch. It was almost as if Jay Leno were sitting in Stewart’s chair for a moment.
Stewart wasn’t finished.
If I’m an individual that doesn’t want [Obamacare], it would be hard for me to look at a big business getting a waiver and not having to do it and me having to,” Stewart said. “Because I would feel like … like you are favoring big business because they lobbied you this year, but you’re not allowing individuals that same courtesy.”
Sebelius ducked the question and repeated her talking points. She did that a few more times on his follow-ups, prompting Stewart to say, “Am I a stupid man?
No, just a comedian who too often defends the president for partisan reasons and mocks the one cable news station–Fox News–which holds Obama’s feet to the fire on the latest headlines.
Sadly, many young Americans say they get their “news” from Stewart’s Daily Show. If true, Millennials got a dose of stone cold reality last night.