Jon Stewart went after the 26 Republican states who have refused to accept the Medicaid expansion provided for in Obamacare. It is a program which the federal government would pay in full for the first three years and after that it would phase in an increase in the state’s share up to a total of 10% of the cost in 2020.
As he points out all but three of those states receive more funds from the federal government than they contribute, making them, as the TEApublicans call it, “moochers.”
These states also tend to have more uninsured than others, Texas, for example has more uninsured children than any other state, yet Governor Rick Perry says that the only reason for the expansion of Medicaid was to, “mask the shortcomings of Obamacare.” He also likened it to adding 1,000 people to the Titanic, to which Stewart responded, “That’s true, if the Titanic had crashed into a hospital.”
Republican Governor, Phil Bryant of Mississippi, the 49th healthiest state says, “It is the worst system of delivering health care known to man.” This is a statement so ludicrous as to deserve no response other than possibly laughter at the stupidity that would lead anyone to make it.
Of course the TEApublicans did have their own answer to the problem, it was explained by Mitt Romney during last year’s Presidential campaign. He said that when someone who has no insurance and no means to pay can be transported by ambulance to the ER and treated for “free,” After they have had a heart attack which may have been prevented had they had regular medical care.
Of course, as these same TEApublicans love to point out, nothing is free, someone pays for it and in the case of a visit to the ER by an uninsured individual, the cost is passed on to those who do have insurance, causing insurance companies to raise rates leading to even more people who cannot afford insurance, it is a vicious circle that never ends.
As Jon says, this is all about what they hate more, Obama or poverty and what they are doing is exhibiting their deeply ingrained dickishness. He tells them that if they have a better idea, “let’s f*cking hear it!”
Watch the segment below.