The first is an epic Jon Stewart takedown of the media acting surprised that Jon Stewart would be criticize Obama and his Administration because of some of the implementation issues surrounding Obamacare. As Jon brings up, it's kind of his JOB to make fun of public figures, but like a lot of issues, our media doesn't seem to interested into why that might be.
It even has an appearance by the "Go f*ck yourselves" choir!
Ed Schultz also discussed Obamacare this week, and took the media to take for not discussing GOP sabotage and lies to account, particularly about the fact that scam insurance is getting replaced by insurance that actually covers things.
Ed asks the legitimate question "Why does Kentucky get it so right, and a number of other states that are rejecting Obamacare get it so wrong? Republican-led states get it wrong?" He rightly asks the media to "get off its ass" and instead of caring more about conflict and politiCS, start asking questions about the poliCY, and what it does.
Amazingly, it is DC Villager rag Politico that did get off its ass, with an article called "The Obamacare Sabotage Campaign."
The opposition was strategic from the start: Derail President Barack Obama’s biggest ambition, and derail Obama himself. Party leaders enforced discipline, withholding any support for the new law — which passed with only Democratic votes, thus undermining its acceptance. Partisan divisions also meant that Democrats could not pass legislation smoothing out some rough language in the draft bill that passed the Senate. That left the administration forced to fill far more gaps through regulation than it otherwise would have had to do, because attempts — usually routine — to re-open the bill for small changes could have led to wholesale debate in the Senate all over again.And MAL does a great job showing how Gov. Walker's sabotage is especially disgusting given that this guy has lived off of taxpayer-funded health care his entire adult life.
But the bitter fight over passage was only the beginning of the war to stop Obamacare. Most Republican governors declined to create their own state insurance exchanges (Governor Scott Walker did this Wisconsin). — an option inserted in the bill in the Senate to appeal to the classic conservative preference for local control — forcing the federal government to take at least partial responsibility for creating marketplaces serving 36 states — far more than ever intended.
Then congressional Republicans refused repeatedly to appropriate dedicated funds to do all that extra work, leaving the Health and Human Services Department and other agencies to cobble together HealthCare.gov by redirecting funds from existing programs. On top of that, nearly half of the states declined to expand their Medicaid programs using federal funds, as the law envisioned. (Wisconsin was one of those states as well)
We need to stay on the reality that Republicans have no plan to assist the uninsured, and actively have pursued policies making it tougher for them to be insured. We cannot allow the media to turn it into political game that relieves the GOPs of responsibility for the sedition they are practicing on the American people.