“Obamacare. You know Obamacare,” Jon Stewart said. “We heard a lot about the suffering that it would bring. Now that it’s here, we would like to know who suffered.” Indeed.
It should not be Jon Stewart’s Daily Show telling this story
The traditional media allowed itself to be a part of the misinformation campaign that decimated public opinion and support for the Affordable Care Act. One would think they would feel a sense of responsibility to correct the record. Jon Stewart’s DailyShow on the Comedy Channel should not be the dispenser of this type of news. Fortunately they are informing and informing a necessary demographic.
Isn’t the purpose of the free press to keep Americans informed irrespective of past acts? After being used by the Right Wing, as a lying mouthpiece, shouldn’t the traditional media want to regain credibility?
Throughout the roll out of Obamacare there has been ample time to do so. The energy exerted to vilify the program is not there to correct the record. What is interesting is that correcting the record would not only save lives, it would empower Americans in states that have not implemented the Medicaid Expansion to the Affordable Care Act to force their state representatives to accept it immediately. States not expanding Obamacare are causing the deaths of citizens.