As October 1 approaches, and Ted Cruz continues filibustering, the Republican effort to defund Obamacare have reached a fever pitch. Jon Stewart himself has mixed feelings about Obamacare ("I like my healthcare like I like my women, universal, with a waiting list for nonessential procedures.") but for a more nuanced critique of the Affordable Care Act he turned to Sen. Lindsey "Fifty Shades" Graham. "This bill sucks," Graham said during a Fox News interview. Stewart was not pleased. "Where is your eccentric Southern gentility and eccentricity that normally lends itself so easily to Tennessee Williams or Faulkneresque parody? 'I've always depended on the kindness of strangers that don't... suck.' No, that's no bueno. I want the vivid imagery in you language," Stewart said.
Next he turned to Paul Ryan, whose assessment was basically "it won't work." "Now you may wonder how Republicans know that this program that has yet to be instituted will suck and won't work," Stewart said. "Well, because they will work tirelessly to make sure that is the case." Stewart cut to a clip of the horrible anti-Obamacare ad, featuring a creepy Uncle Sam giving prostate exams.
"Let me get this straight — they're using the same tactic to scare us, that Burger King uses to try to make us like them," he said. "Now I'm really confused." But between all the tactics Republicans have put forth to stop Obamacare, "repeal, defund, information blackout, misinform, appeal to fear of anal puppet finger banging," as Stewart put it, one thing for certain is that the Republicans are placing their well being on the failure of Obamacare.
"You only win if the program fails. Obamacare is your Springtime for Hitler," he said, referencing the fictional musical in The Producers. We almost hope someone will turn this whole Obamacare debate into a play, maybe with a musical number featuring Ted Cruz reading Green Eggs and Ham.
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