Has Jon Stewart’s Relentless Attack on “Obamacare” Exposed His True Colors?

stewart-obamacareI can already tell this article is going to get many liberals up in arms.  Well, those who actually read it.  My experience has shown a decent amount of people only seem to read headlines, then make some asinine assumption about the article without reading what’s actually inside.  But I, Allen Clifton (a liberal), dare to question the motives of Jon Stewart?  Well, you bet your ass I do.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Jon Stewart.  I think he’s a brilliant, articulate guy who does far better journalism and reporting on a comedy channel than most “legitimate journalists” do at major media outlets.

That begin said, my admiration for the man is also why I’ve been a little shocked at his over the top bashing of “Obamacare” and some of the issues it’s experienced.  I’m not saying some of it hasn’t been warranted, but it seems he’s purposely going over the top with his reporting for the sake of attention.  And the fact of the matter is, when it comes to cable news, it’s always been my belief in the past that he’s one of the most truthful people on television.  Sure, he presents his views on the news in a hilarious manner, but at the heart of his reporting has almost always been an unapologetic honesty about whatever it is that’s going on in the world.

So he should be held to a higher standard, and called out when he fails to meet that standard.  Especially since I know millions of people count on him to “tell it like it is.”

The issues with the website are well documented and honestly they’re inexcusable.  As someone who’s fiercely defended this law for years I’m absolutely embarrassed by some of the information that’s come out leading up to the failed launch of HealthCare.gov.

My issue with Stewart doesn’t lie in his reporting about the issues the website has experienced.  Though I do feel at this point we’re beating a dead horse.  They’re embarrassing, there’s no excuse and they need to be fixed.  Constantly pounding away about them like it’s a “Breaking News Story” every single day accomplishes absolutely nothing.  But hey, they’re a real issue and the Obama administration should have done a much better job.  They deserve all the criticism they receive.

My issue surrounds his “shock” that President Obama misspoke about every American being able to keep their current health insurance.

I consider Jon Stewart to be an intelligent man, but come on.  People like Stewart had to know that claim wasn’t completely accurate.  How could every American keep their existing health insurance if the law put into place specific parameters that had to be covered—provisions that weren’t present on every American’s health care plan?

Jon Stewart — someone who’s supported “Obamacare” in the past — should have known this as well, correct?  I mean, he’s a very intelligent guy with nearly unlimited resources, I’m sure at some point someone said to him or he thought to himself, “Well, not all Americans will be able to keep their current plans because the Affordable Care Act requires specific coverage that not all current plans offer.”

Hell, I knew it wasn’t a completely accurate statement—which is why I’m not entirely shocked that about 5% of Americans are losing their old insurance plans.

So if I realized this fact, shouldn’t Stewart have realized it?  And if so, why wasn’t he calling it out before?  Why the sudden “shock?”  Is it just for ratings?

I really don’t know.  It could very well be possible that Jon Stewart never thought the law through enough to realize that Obama’s statement declaring every American would be able to keep their old insurance wasn’t entirely accurate.

But I just can’t believe someone as bright as I believe he is really didn’t think that far ahead as it relates to this law.

Which is why I’m a little disappointed to see his constant attacks against it.  Not because the rollout thus far hasn’t been terrible (it has been) but because I believe he should have saw this coming, possibly did, and now he’s profiting from it by constantly pounding on these issues night after night.

I will say that I may have lost a little respect for Stewart (not that he would ever care).  Not because he’s bashing President Obama — he does it more often than Republicans would like to have you believe and I fully agree with him that the website rollout has been a complete embarrassment — but because it seems he’s gone a little “CNN/Fox News” with his attacks on “Obamacare.”

And I just thought he was a little better than that.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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