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Jon Stewart changes routine with Obamacare jokes

Liberal host pokes fun at problems with the Affordable Care Act.
Posted By Evan Bleier   |   Oct. 23, 2013 at 2:10 PM   |   Comments

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(UPI) -- Daily Show host Jon Stewart is entertaining a different segment of the population than usually enjoy his jokes with his recent rips about Obamacare.

Stewart’s bread and butter is usually clowning on Republicans and Fox News, but he has recently taken to blasting the Affordable Care Act.

“Glitches…First step doesn’t work…Wrong information…Confusing error messages…Broken calculators…So how are the Democrats going to spin this turd?” he asked during Monday's episode. In fact, he spent nearly half the episode taking down Obamacare.

Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post discussed President Obama’s Stewart problem.

"Stewart dedicated the entire first 10 minutes of his show -- three full segments -- on Monday to slashing hits on the Web site and the president’s handling of the problems. He compared Obama to “Gil,” the hapless salesman from "The Simpsons," showed "Daily Show" correspondent John Oliver stuck in a computer after trying to sign up for Obamacare and expressed amazement that even the calculator on the HealthCare.gov Web site doesn’t work. (And, remember, Stewart was heavily critical of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius during an appearance on his show earlier this month.)"

But Jon Stewart isn't the only liberal to be critical of Obamacare. Slate writer Matthew Ygelsias wrote that "after years of offering up nonsense about Benghazi, Fast and Furious, and the New Black Panther Party, conservatives finally have a bona fide scandal dumped in their lap."

"For all the talk of ‘glitches,’ there appear to be fundamental flaws in the site’s basic architecture, perhaps driven by poor incentives for government contractors and an overall flawed contracting process," Ygelsias wrote

"Except in this case, the most disturbing thing is how little the White House seemed to know," he added. "It does look foolish. The product doesn’t work, and for whatever reason, key people didn’t know it didn’t work. That’s a mess, and it fundamentally undermines assurances that the current ‘tech surge’ will lead to major rapid improvements."

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