Jon Stewart Slams Republicans, Says What a lot of Americans Have Been Saying for Years

jon-stewartI always joke how it’s kind of sad that some of the best news I get comes from Comedy Central, but that often seems to be the case.  I guess people like Jon Stewart do have a distinct advantage over traditional journalists in that he can often say whatever he wants.

Well, he took to the airwaves to take a direct shot at something myself, and many other Americans, have been saying since Republicans began attacking “Obamacare.”

What the hell is your alternative?

Stewart went directly at this blind Republican hatred of “Obamacare” by pointing out the fact that while Republicans are quick to bash the health care law, they offer absolutely no alternatives.  They just sit there whining and complaining about the law, doing everything they can to obstruct it, but if you ask any of them what their alternative is to fix our health care system—I doubt you’ll get any answers.

He also went on to remind people of the asinine comment made by Mitt Romney during last year’s presidential campaign when the former GOP presidential candidate said that we already had health care for poor people — it’s called “the emergency room.”

Stewart’s exact words were:

“If you have a better program, Republicans, let’s fucking hear it! But don’t make your plan, ‘What do we need food stamps for when we already have dine and dash?’”

Very “eloquently” put, if I do say so myself.

But he’s absolutely right.  Before the Affordable Care Act, the emergency room was seen by millions as their “health care plan.”  Hospitals all across the country budgeted for millions of people they knew they’d provide treatment for, yet never receive any form of payment from.  And do you think they simply absorbed these costs?  Of course not.  Those expenses were then passed on to people who did pay through higher health care premiums and cost of treatments.

So when someone like Romney said that the ER was an option for poor people, he put his ignorance on full display as to just how expensive emergency room visits are and just how much impact millions of people using them as their sole means of health care has on those who end up footing the bill.

And while you might not like the Affordable Care Act, it was clear before it was signed into law that something needed to be done about a health care system that desperately needed some sort of positive makeover.

So here we are with “Obamacare” rolling out to millions and Republicans still bitching and moaning about how horrible the law is.  Yet, over 3 1/2 years after it was signed into law by President Obama, Republicans still have no alternative if the law were to actually be repealed.

It’s just more of the same right-wing rhetoric about how terrible the law is, with no plan to replace it.

But then again, isn’t that what the Republican party is all about?  No real plans for anything, just a whole lot of rhetoric.  I mean honestly, this is what their entire “economic ideology” essentially consists of:

  • Cut taxes for the rich
  • Cut spending for the poor

That’s basically it.  Neither of which are really “plans” as much as they’re really just bumper stickers and campaign slogans.  They’re failed theories that make for great talking points—and that’s about it.

And with health care they’re no different.  They can talk until they’re blue in the face about the evils of “Obamacare” (most of what they say being blatant lies, by the way), but you’ll find very few Republicans that actually have any sort of plan to replace it.

So while Republicans have done a masterful job at working their supporters into a fearful frenzy of hate, anger and paranoia about “Obamacare,” most conservative voters have forgotten to ask one very simple question: “What’s the Republican plan to replace it?”

Which is a question Republican politicians can’t answer, because the truth is—they don’t have one.

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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  • well stated Allen!

    • The_Yeti_Knows

      Why aren’t these dudes the ones we give the power to ? Otherwise it’s pork belly follies…. up here in Canada they rob us blind and blame the staff… kind of like the wife

  • Mr Smith

    They don’t have a plan to replace it because its just the way they want it. They are lobbied by the AMA and insurance companies for something close to the last 70 years to prevent this sort of health care system from seeing the light of day.
    The crowning achievement to the health care law would be to provide a public non-profit option for cheaper then the insurance companies can provide, putting the insurance companies out of business.
    In most of the world it is illegal to profit from health care, its about time the same laws came to America.
    Why do we need middle men in health care who’s sole purpose for existing is to take a cut of the pie while providing no health care services themselves?

    • jeepsrule98

      There is a non-profit option. A non-profit co-op can be created as part of the exchanges.

      • Mr Smith

        I am referring to a government run system adopted from medicaid. It would offer the greatest power in regulating the costs of healthcare as it does for medicare and medicaid. Creating a non profit co-op would not offer the same bargaining power. That is why it was stripped out of the affordable care act and demonized as “communist socialized medicine”. They would not have gotten the republican votes that they did to pass the affordable care act if it was left in the bill.

      • MrLightRail

        Hello!! ACA passed without one SINGLE Republican vote, so the Public Option should have stayed.

      • Mr Smith

        Humm not one republican? For example Joseph Cao of Louisiana 2 district voted for it. And, I agree it should have been left in regardless.

      • Mr Smith

        Additionally, I misspoke I had republican naysayers on the brain. Anthony Weiner dropped the vote on the single payer public option because of the Democratic votes that were in jeopardy.

      • MookieMu

        There were a couple of Blue Dog Democrats that would have voted against Obamacare if there had been a public option. 🙁

      • melloe

        163 changes were added to the ACA during the writing of it. I forget how many were Republican ideas, but it was about half of those. e.g. the Republicans had a hand in casting the Basically Republican idea, then most of them voted against it in the end. The NOT ONE SINGLE is a good Republican talking point BTW grin

      • Toomuchcoffeeguy

        I think you are forgetting that it took Republican votes to get the ACA out of committee and on to the floor for a vote.

      • lindylou

        I think it is very nice of you to support the Republicans in getting the ACA out of committee. Now, let’s see these forward thinking servants of the people get a few more bills out of committee…

    • mizmowz

      Point of information: the AMA endorses the ACA as do the majority of professional medical associations.

      • melloe

        They ( the AMA generally ) endorse the ACA I suspect because it is a boom for the insurance companies, and saves the hospitals $$$$. The alternative was going to put insurance companies and the other middle men out of business. Many of them having a financial hand in those “middle men “

    • Masood Harouny

      No, the reason they don’t like it is because early on, they nicknamed it Obama Care (or at the very least dubbed it as such), and Obama Care has the word Obama in it. So, if it does well, he would get the credit.

    • Independent Thinker in WA

      Point of Information as well, the Insurance industry helped write the ACA. Just love have facts and data are meaningless to anonymous internet posters and the Media!

  • ncy1hrt

    The more I think about it, the more I’m convinced the shut down and not raising the debt ceiling have really nothing to do with the ACA. Even the tea party repubicans knew that was never going to happen. I hear people keep saying they can’t understand because everyone will lose.
    If you really think about it though, that’s not the case. If the shutdown continues and the U.S. defaults, the U.S. stock market and the world markets will crash. The first rule of the Stock Market? Buy low, sell high. So, if I’m very, very rich and I want even more wealth and I’m already funding and controlling the Republicans then all I have to do is divest myself of stocks when I thought they had reached their max value and then order the Republicans to do the one thing that will for sure bottom out stocks the world over – default. Then just step in and gobble up the stocks at rock bottom prices. If nothing else, I’ll recoup the hundreds of millions of dollars I spent on the last presidential election only to see my boy get his ass kicked. And bonus points: I can blame it all on Obama.

    • Carolyn

      I hadn’t thought of this, but it’s a good analysis.

    • zigzags

      Interesting theory. But won’t collapsing the world economy will hurt the very consumers who I need to buy my products (if I’m the rich guy)?

      • bigg_brother

        The ‘Rich guy’ in the US is seldom a manufacturer of anything. They are mainly financial market players, property owners, and opportunists. They skim from the work of everyone else, taking a personal tax from every transaction that goes through them.

        The people who actually create value for our economy seldom make it to that tier.

        Our top business schools are teaching our best and brightest how to skim from the financial system, not how to provide any real value to it.

      • Or entrepreneurs, like me. I’m not really rich but I do okay, and I’ve created 20 job or so for my employees, which is one thing I’ve very proud of. Most of them have bought or built houses in the last 5 years too.

      • PietSmit

        people like you are the engine of a healthy economy.
        But the big multinational corporations are another league – they’ll try to concur you, or if you do well swallow you.
        I wish you (and all the middle class entrepeneurs) all the best. And some wisdom. Because the most of them will vote for the party that benefits the big Molochs, dreaming of the day they’ll become CEO of John Doe Inc.

      • Larry

        Not if your money is made by trading stocks

      • ncy1hrt

        People will eventually start buying again and the stocks will recover with the exception of those companies that go out of business or are taken over. I would assume these people do enough due diligence to pick the right stocks. Then when the market recovers, they sell off for a very nice profit. You could literally double or triple your investment.

    • dismayed

      I am not very, very rich, but comfortable…I do have a lot in the stock market…just over 2 million…Inversted over 30 years. I have another 300 in other investments and when the market crashes (and it will, this is what the tea partiers and the Koch brothers and the GOP is hoping for.) I will be doing exactly what you have suggested. I am just waiting this out. It makes me angry that the people who need assistance the most will be hurt the most. People like me…will be in decent hape eventually, no matter what. What I really don’t understand is that most people who support these tactics are hurting themselves and our counrty in the process.. and they have more hatred for a progressive president than they have love for their own family and friends and country. They are the outsiders looking at the popular lunch table wanting to be invited in, and the kids at that table are bullying them for their lunch money and then laughing at them…They will never sit at that table…They will be used and laughed at and they will never understand that they are the butt of the joke. Just very, very sad.

      • ncy1hrt

        I know exactly what you mean. I see and hear the “tea party” people everyday parroting what they’ve been told about the ACA and thinking this whole mess is to “save” them from this law that “will destroy this country”. They don’t even realize that the ACA is almost identical to the health care law put forth by the Republicans some years ago. Their “handlers” for want of a better word have some believing it is government run public health care instead of health insurance purchased from private insurance companies. And now they actually have some of the Republicans telling people that default is just a myth and a ruse the President is using to scare people into accepting the ACA. It really is very, very sad. You can bet the guys that are really running the U.S. House of Representatives are sitting there watching their TV’s and loving every minute of it.

      • Shyster

        It seems you have empathy for the poor and disenfranchised, dismayed, I applaud you. But how about using your gains to enlighten those (the butt of a joke) at that lunch table, huh?

      • lindylou

        My husband and I have these discussions, both of us being on the less-fortunate half, although we will not starve on the streets in our retirement. I have had to point out over and over that it’s not our fault that the rich have more of everything, and it’s not our business to demand that they hand over their extra wealth. It IS the government’s business to set up a more fair tax schedule. And, in reference to an above conversation about getting things out of committee in the House, dismantling the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy is a good start.

  • DaveMan50

    GOP Greedy old people.

  • Jenifer Pritchard

    That’s what happened in the great depression too so I totally agree with that analysis

  • Joecaber

    But they do have a plan … this is it:
    “common-sense solutions focused on lowering costs and protecting American jobs”
    Sounds awesome, I wonder when they are going to take the vote.

  • Cathryn Sykes

    Absolutely. In fact, have they done anything in the last few years that was positive? Anything that didn’t consist of bashing Obama, obstructing Obama, lying about Obama, trying to void, negate or repeal everything he’s done? Show me the legislation you’ve passed, Boehner, that actually helps the average American citizen! Show me the legislation you’ve come up with that adds jobs to this country, increases security for it’s people, provides real solutions for it’s problems! What have you done except yelp “How high?” whenever Norquist ordered “Jump!”, pandered to and reinforced the worse delusions of the far right, forced moderate Republicans to toe your line, kowtowed to the rich, denied help to the poor, and through it all, sanctimoniously claimed that you represent the “real” America?

  • Alexis

    Great post! There is no there, there to the GOP!

  • Anonymous Bosch

    Because the ACA *is* a Republican plan. If the Dems had free reign, we’d have a single-payer system now. Sticking with private insurance and the individual mandate was a compromise towards what the GOP demanded.

    • Mr Smith

      Exactly !

  • Ben Ghazi Butcher

    Ha ha! I knew it!. You stupid communists really do believe Colbert and Stewart are news anchors!

    According to a Roper 2012 election education demographic poll, 64% of registered, high school dropout voters voted for Obama.
    Know-nothing, fall-for-anything, low-, un-, and misinformed voters!

    • Secular_Humanist

      Not all high school dropouts are stupid, some became millionaires!
      Nobody beleives Stewart or Colbert are news anchors. It is a shame however, that comedians have become the conscience of the country.
      I wonder if YOU believe FOX is telling the truth?

      • Ben Ghazi Butcher

        You’re right! Exceptions are the rule! That makes perfect sense!
        I don’t know about Fox; I haven’t had “tube” for 11 years.

      • You need to go re-think your life. I’m not just trolling you because we disagree politically, what I mean is you need to get out of your comfort zone, do some things you don’t normally do, and get exposed to new ideas. That could be said for most of us, of course. ^^

      • Ben Ghazi Butcher

        Thanks! Here’s some help for your issues:

        http://www.halcyon. com/jmashmun/npd/dsm-iv.html?vm=r
        Get better soon!

    • Tim Mallet

      I’m sure that every person that voted GOP is totally informed. ie. Rush, Hannity, Beck etc. Get real.

      • Ben Ghazi Butcher

        I’m sure someone said that but it wasn’t me. What’s it like to have to use hyperbole to imagine one’s self to have presented a rebuttal? Hint: It sort of makes my point, if the logic is in you to make sense of why someone would do that.

    • rish

      Hahaha!!! What a farce! According the Roper 2012 demographic, the ONLY group that DIDN’T vote for Obama in higher percentages than Romney are old, white, conservative men. Nice manipulation of the stats, though. Kind of typical.

      • Ben Ghazi Butcher

        I feel your pain.

  • Donald Meinshausen

    Ron Paul has made an interesting offer to those who want free, universal healthcare and as you remember Ron is the grandfather of the Tea Party movement and a leader for peace. The idea is that the libertarian Republicans and the peace Democrats put together legislation that would significantly reduce the militarist budget, the NSA, CIA, the drug war and the bankster bailouts. Half of the money saved would go to healthcare and the other half to a tax cut and this would set the stage for other changes in making America a free country again. While responding please identify your ideological identification as well as your opinions and where this discussion should continue

  • Personally I think all political bloggers should avoid using words like rhetoric, talking points, and (for feminists) misogynist. The words are overused so much they have no meaning and you don’t win any points for using them.

    Just my two yen.


    You would think that they (GOP) would be all for it, since it includes Union members as well (at least thats what ive heard) making it so that union members can now shop for a better health care plan and benefits. Thereby chipping away at the foundations of Union membership. The GOP has been hijacked by all of the kids who sat in the back of Government and History class in high school and drew pictures and shot spitwads at the smart kids. If the GOP has there way, we will cease to exist as a country in 12 years, we will be run by corporate-states who will decided who gets what based on Nepotistic (did i spell that right? is that even a real word?) practices.

  • FifeAndDrum

    John Doerr is an Obama Bundler who as a member of Obama’s Jobs Council, had input as to which firms received funds under the Stimulus Act of 2009. Doerr is a partner in the Kleiner Perkins venture capital firm.

    Sixteen of the 22 firms in which Doerr had partial ownership received money from the Stimulus Act.

    What a coincidence! Doerr was helping Obama choose which firms to support and somehow 16 of Doerr’s 22 firms were selected! And Doerr is a BIG contributor to Dem politicians, especially Obama!

    Wait, there’s more!

    Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) invested $1M with Doerr three weeks before the Stimulus Act passed. Her investment tripled in value in less than one month.

    Isn’t that another AMAZING coincidence?

    That’s how this corrupt Administration works – they give BIG rebates to their contributors who in turn line the pockets of powerful Dem politicians.

  • Sum Won

    You should be ashamed of yourself…. As a media source spewing these lies… Do a quick Google search and you will fins GOP alternatives dating back to 2008. Even a few from the 90’s. Then again the truth does not fit into the liberal agenda of single payer health care…..

    • FifeAndDrum

      Republicans tried to reform health care in 2007 and 2008 but all such efforts were blocked by the Democrat majority in Congress.

    • Linda

      Ummm… What? You must be completely confused if you think the liberals agenda is to have single payer health care.

      • Sum Won

        Ummm Linda, you my dear are the one that is confused….

        1. “I happen to be a proponent of a single payer universal health care
        program.” (applause) “I see no reason why the United States of America,
        the wealthiest country in the history of the world, spending 14 percent
        of its Gross National Product on health care cannot provide basic health
        insurance to everybody. And that’s what Jim is talking about when he
        says everybody in, nobody out. A single payer health care plan, a
        universal health care plan. And that’s what I’d like to see. But as all
        of you know, we may not get there immediately. Because first we have to
        take back the White House, we have to take back the Senate, and we have
        to take back the House.”

        Obama speaking to the Illinois AFL-CIO, June 30, 2003.”

        2. “In his book The Audacity of Hope, published in October 2006 when he was a U.S. senator, Obama
        described single-payer as the hope of the left, while those on the right
        wanted a market-based approach. “It’s time we broke this impasse by
        acknowledging a few simple truths,” Obama wrote.”

        3. ”

        BILL CLINTON –

        Here’s the deal on single payer. Rationally,
        single payer is the best system, our system is the worst, most expensive
        and least effective.”

        4. HELEN THOMAS –

        “Usually, the “single payer” is a government
        agency that provides one-stop health coverage. In contrast, the American
        system of paying for health care is a chaotic wasteful porridge of
        health providers, private insurance plans with wide variations in
        coverage, deductibles, co-pays, etc.

        The best way for the U.S.
        to move toward a single payer system would be to expand Medicare for
        everyone _ and why not? It won’t be free _ everyone would have to kick

        *** Linda if you need more proof let me know!!***

  • True American

    I can’t understand why this was not all brought up until it was time to be put forth to the public. Then all of a sudden , it had to be repealed. Why did they wait with all their complaints ? Cause they are Republicans and can get their own way if they Please ????????????????

  • Anansi

    Of course they do. They talked about it non-stop during the obamacare debate. You know before he bribed and paid his own party’s congressmen to vote for it without reading it.

    It’s simple. Let the insurance companies trade over state lines. It increases competition and supply. What do we learn about supply boys and girls? Increased supply leads to lower costs. Increased competitions leads to lower costs.

    Further there are already many many alternatives to insurance. Or there were. For instance Walgreens had started implementing discount doctor’s offices and prescriptions. For 25 dollars you’d get a complete doctors visit, and they’d prescribe you what you needed for a $4 generic price.

    There are exchanges, flex point programs, and even pre-existing condition policies.

    Adding regulations, caps on profits, and forcing everyone to be covered no matter the type of insurance company you run only raises prices.

    Since Obamacare was signed into law insurance has doubled and is expected to double again by the time it’s fully implemented. Docotrs are leaving in droves, and those that are staying fewer and fewer are accepting medicare patients. Further there are and still will be 30 million americasn still uninsured when fully implemented, according to the administrations own numbers.

    This helps how exactly?

  • thomas_r

    Having healthcare means you see a doctor now and then – even if you don’t have to. During these checkups potential problems can be found and dealt with before they become serious.

    This alone reduces the (unpaid) workload on ERs – since we have medication and treatment to cure, keep in check or ease most diseases in existence. Especially if it is diagnosed early.

    Doctors can also give advice on lifestyle and health before you turn ill.

    Healthier people means more reliable workers, less sick leave and so forth.

    It amazes me that this haven’t been implemented years ago.

  • Paul Zielinski

    The funny (well, sad in truth) thing is that when Romney was Governor in Massachusetts, his system that implemented several years ago and was then called MassHealth, was basically the pre-cursor to the ACA. During the presidential campaign, he decried the ACA. Strange since this was essentially modeled after his Massachusetts plan. And guess what? The sky has NOT fallen in Massachusetts and now nearly 98% of legal citizens in the Commonwealth are insured and paying premiums for their own healthcare. That means that you and I are not footing their unpaid medical bills through higher health insurance premiums or taxes. Talk about “flip-flopping”!

  • Independent Thinker in WA

    Um, if you would get your news from something other than Comedy Central and MSNBC, you would KNOW that the Republicans HAVE offered many alternatives to ObamaCare. Many have passed the House only to be given the same treatment by Sen. Reid as he does the budgets that come to him (with a surprising recent exception). He doesn’t even let them get to a committee. Stewart panders to the left and the truth really doesn’t play any part in The Daily Show. Just as long as it is funny, edited to make the left go crazy in the audience and sell ads, that’s all that matters.