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petegz28 10-08-2013 06:23 PM

Stewart to Sebelius on health care law “Am I a stupid man?”
 
http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com...-a-stupid-man/

(CNN) - "The Daily Show" took a more serious turn Monday night when host Jon Stewart introduced his guest for the evening, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Sebelius, who has been on a media blitz in recent weeks as the health care exchanges for the Affordable Care Act opened for business on October 1st, has appeared on multiple networks to promote the new law and to attempt to tamp criticism of its rollout.

As the secretary sat down to begin the segment, Stewart opened a laptop on his desk. “I’m going to attempt to download every movie ever made, and you’re going to try to sign up for Obamacare, and we’ll see which happens first.”

Sebelius admitted the website rollout “started a little rockier than we’d like,” but said the administration had been working to make improvements. “It’s better today than it was yesterday, and it will keep getting better.”

The sign-up websites were offline for part of the weekend as efforts were made to fix multiple glitches that caused delays for many who attempted to use the program in the first few days.

When asked how many individuals had signed up for insurance so far, Sebelius admitted, “I can’t tell you, because I don’t know ... we will be giving monthly reports.” She added that hundreds of thousands of accounts had been created, which indicated to the administration that those consumers “are going to go shopping” for insurance as the next step.

The segment became more contentious as the Comedy Central host turned to the subject of the individual mandate, specifically the fact that while many businesses were given a one-year delay to comply with the law, individuals were not.

“If I’m an individual that doesn’t want this, it would be hard for me to look at a big business getting a waiver," Stewart said. "I would feel like you are favoring big business because they lobbied you ... but you’re not allowing individuals that same courtesy.”

Sebelius denied that was the case, but danced around answering the question directly, sticking instead to talking points.

After pressing her further on the issue to no avail, a somewhat exasperated Stewart finally smiled and asked, “Am I a stupid man?”

Later, as he threw to commercial, Stewart said he still was “not sure why individuals can’t delay” and asked the secretary if he could keep asking her that same question when they returned.

Later, while addressing the issue of businesses cutting back hours for employees to avoid having to provide health care under the new regulations, Sebelius held firm. “Economists, not anecdotal folks, but economists, say there is absolutely no evidence that part-time work is going up. In fact, it’s going down,” she said. The secretary also said that for the first time ever, part-time employees in the United Sates would now have the option to purchase health insurance under the new law.

Toward the end, Stewart argued that a market-based strategy toward health care is a flawed concept in itself and that a single payer system would have been a more simple approach. But Sebelius jumped in, saying, “if we could have perhaps figured out a pathway, that may have been a reasonable solution.”

“So this is jerry-rigged to deal with the crazy people?” Stewart asked.

“I think the president did not want to dismantle the health care that 85% of the country had," Sebelius responded.

HonestChieffan 10-08-2013 06:38 PM

I like that this cluster**** is in a big part run by or designed by a canadian IT outfit. With the resources of the a US govt and our massive numbers of IT nerds we had to outsource this ****er and its still a crash.

Rock on Kathleen.

AustinChief 10-08-2013 06:40 PM

Expect the enrollment figures for this to continue to be delayed. No way they are going to want to release the figures on Nov 1st. They MAY try to pull one over by releasing APPLICATION figures and pass them off as enrollment... but even those figures will be abysmal.

Garcia Bronco 10-08-2013 06:43 PM

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Originally Posted by AustinChief (Post 10064849)
Expect the enrollment figures for this to continue to be delayed. No way they are going to want to release the figures on Nov 1st. They MAY try to pull one over by releasing APPLICATION figures and pass them off as enrollment... but even those figures will be abysmal.

What are they going to go on? Because if she's going by "accounts", that doesn't mean shit. I'll bet money they don't report closed insurance contracts.

Direckshun 10-08-2013 06:49 PM

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cosmo20002 10-08-2013 06:51 PM

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Originally Posted by Direckshun (Post 10064891)

It's been awhile, thanks for bringing this back. One of my favorites, never gets old.

Direckshun 10-08-2013 06:52 PM

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Originally Posted by cosmo20002 (Post 10064898)
It's been awhile, thanks for bringing this back. One of my favorites, never gets old.

I like to bring back the hits from time to time.

Anybody could do it. It's literally every thread he starts.

GloryDayz 10-08-2013 06:57 PM

Wow.. I think he was actually nice to her. That being said, I'd **** her and PIIHB! But it's funny how they can't get any numbers... They must be using this computer (but I think those two doodes know what's going on even if they wont tell her!!)..

http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/dam/ass...-story-top.jpg

petegz28 10-08-2013 07:02 PM

<iframe width="420" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/lXQVlVJzWFw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

petegz28 10-08-2013 07:04 PM

A policy for under $100 a month???????

LMAO she said that with a straight face

GloryDayz 10-08-2013 07:09 PM

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Originally Posted by petegz28 (Post 10064948)
A policy for under $100 a month???????

LMAO she said that with a straight face

Yeah, she's got the kind of mouth that's better served by having a dick in it so it can't talk!

mnchiefsguy 10-08-2013 07:10 PM

So, Direckshun, is John Stewart any less credible now than before he was linked to by Judge?

Nice deflection from the fact that Stewart took her to school, and she had no credible answers to anything that she was asked.

notorious 10-08-2013 07:32 PM

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Originally Posted by petegz28 (Post 10064948)
A policy for under $100 a month???????

LMAO she said that with a straight face

She's right.


If you stick your thumb up your ass and do nothing it's completely free.


The more you succeed the more you are penalized.

Mr. Plow 10-08-2013 07:46 PM

I got notice that my current Blue Cross policy will no longer be acceptable after Jan. 1st & I need to select a new policy. I choose one of those under $100 ones please.

GloryDayz 10-08-2013 07:50 PM

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Originally Posted by Mr. Plow (Post 10065030)
I got notice that my current Blue Cross policy will no longer be acceptable after Jan. 1st & I need to select a new policy. I choose one of those under $100 ones please.

Evidently nobody knows...


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