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Old 10-08-2013, 05:23 PM  
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Stewart to Sebelius on health care law “Am I a stupid man?”

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(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.
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Old 10-09-2013, 01:04 PM   #31
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Old 10-09-2013, 01:10 PM   #32
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I'm still trying to figure out why employers are entangled in health insurance. I get fined if my employees don't have health insurance? Why is it my job as a business owner? Should I get fined if my employees don't have renter's insurance or carry a high enough collision damage waiver on their vacation rental cars? It's their business, not mine.
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Old 10-09-2013, 01:13 PM   #33
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I'm still trying to figure out why employers are entangled in health insurance. I get fined if my employees don't have health insurance? Why is it my job as a business owner? Should I get fined if my employees don't have renter's insurance or carry a high enough collision damage waiver on their vacation rental cars? It's their business, not mine.
It's ridiculous.
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Old 10-09-2013, 01:14 PM   #34
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I'm still trying to figure out why employers are entangled in health insurance. I get fined if my employees don't have health insurance? Why is it my job as a business owner? Should I get fined if my employees don't have renter's insurance or carry a high enough collision damage waiver on their vacation rental cars? It's their business, not mine.
As a business owner, I agree.
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Old 10-09-2013, 02:12 PM   #35
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Old 10-09-2013, 02:24 PM   #36
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As a business owner, I agree.
Past paying people, certain people in D.C. think you're a piece of shit because you're the "owner" and NOT a worker! So yeah, in their eyes, after you invented AIDS you paid a monkey to seduce a guy to get things going, you ****ed them all over by not getting them health insurance (and sweet sports cars).

Yeah, the tag of "owner" makes you super-aweful in their eyes. So the billions you're hiding, you need to use it.

And if your peeps kids lose their soccer game this Saturday, well that's your fault too...
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Old 10-09-2013, 09:02 PM   #37
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Past paying people, certain people in D.C. think you're a piece of shit because you're the "owner" and NOT a worker! So yeah, in their eyes, after you invented AIDS you paid a monkey to seduce a guy to get things going, you ****ed them all over by not getting them health insurance (and sweet sports cars).

Yeah, the tag of "owner" makes you super-aweful in their eyes. So the billions you're hiding, you need to use it.

And if your peeps kids lose their soccer game this Saturday, well that's your fault too...

So wait, small business owners are bad people here in DC?
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Old 10-09-2013, 09:13 PM   #39
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So wait, small business owners are bad people here in DC?
In the ACA conversation "owner" = "evil, rich, and must pay"
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In the ACA conversation "owner" = "evil, rich, and must pay"
Ahh, gotcha. I'll get my checkbook out.
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