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  • Aired:  10/10/13
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Health-challenged states like Texas and Mississippi refuse to take advantage of a federally subsidized Medicaid expansion. (4:06)

>> HEY, EVERYBODY, WELCOMETO THE DAILY SHOW.

MY NAME IS JON STEWART.

GREAT SHOW FOR YOU TONIGHT.

MY GUEST, BRIAN JAY JONES.

>>HE'S THE AUTHOR OF ANEW BIOGRAPHY ON JIM HENSON.

VERY EXCITED TO TALK TO HIM.

EARLIER THIS WEEK WE TALKEDABOUT HOW THE OFFICIAL

LAUNCH OF OBAMACARE WASMARRED BY WEB GLITCHES

AND LONG DELAYS.

BUT THERE WAS ANOTHER MAJOROBSTACLE TO OBAMACARE'S

IMPLEMENTATION.

TOTAL DICKISHNESS.

YOU SEE, OBAMACARE FOR ALLITS WELL-DOCUMENTED ISSUES

AND PROBLEMS IS STILL AWELL-INTENTIONED ATTEMPT TO

GET PEOPLE WHO HAVE NOT HADHEALTH INSURANCE IN THIS

COUNTRY HEALTH INSURANCE.

MEDICAID HAS TRADITIONALLYCOVERED PEOPLE UP TO THIS

INCOME LEVEL.

OBAMACARE WAS GOING TO COVERTHEM OSTENSIBLY DOWN TO THIS

INCOME LEVEL.

SO IT WAS GOING TO BE THEGAP THERE, ABOUT THE SIZE OF

AN iPAD EXCEPT INSTEAD OFAN iPAD IT IS ABOUT 8

MILLION PEOPLE LIVING JUSTABOVE THE POVERTY LINE SO TO

PROVIDE HEALTH INSURANCE FORTHIS NATION'S, YOU KNOW,

CREAMY CENTER, THE FEDERALGOVERNMENT WAS GOING TO GIVE

THE STATE GOVERNMENTS MONEYTO EXPAND THEIR MEDICAID

PROGRAM.

FOR THREE YEARS THE STATESWOULD PAY FOR THIS PROGRAM,

I THINK THE NUMBER WAS ABOUT0.

AND THEN AFTER THAT, THEYWOULD PAY UP TO 10%, I THINK,

BY THE TIME IT WAS 2020.

SO WHAT A GREAT DEAL.

BUT WOULDN'T YOU KNOW IT.

>> 26 STATES DECLINED TO GOTO THAT EXPENSE.

>> 26 STATES.

HOLY-- THAT'S LIKE A THIRDOF--

(LAUGHTER)A LITTLE MORE-- 26 STATES!

IT MUST BE A PRETTY ECLECTICGROUP WITH MANY DIFFERENT

REASONS TO EXPLAIN WHY THEYWOULD TURN DOWN FEDERAL

MONEY TO BRING HEALTH CARETO THEIR WORKING POOR OR MAY

BE IT WAS JUST ONE REASON.

>> ALL OF THOSE STATES HAVEREPUBLICAN GOVERNORS OR

LEGISLATURES THAT ARECONTROLLED BY REPUBLICANS.

>> OH.

WHICH MAKES IT REALLY HARDNOT TO SEE THIS IS JUST THE

LATEST EXAMPLE OF THAT HITGAME SHOW SWEEPING PART OF

THE NATION, WHAT DO YOU HATEMORE, POVERTY OR OBAMA? BROUGHT

TO YOU BY SPITE.

SPITE, THEEMOTION THAT MAKES YOU TURN

DOWN MILLIONS OF DOLLARSTHAT WOULD GO TOWARDS HEALTH

CARE FOR THE WORKING POORBECAUSE YOU HATE THE

PRESIDENT.

AND ARBY'S.

ARBY'S.

(LAUGHTER)TECHNICALLY IT'S FOOD.

NOW OF COURSE-- OF COURSE IIMAGINE THAT THE STATES WHEN

ASKED WHY THEY DIDN'T ACCEPTTHE MEDICAID EXPANSION DON'T

PROBABLY LIST SPITE AS THEANSWER.

SO LET'S SEE WHAT THEIRREASON IS.

YOU THERE, GOVERNOR OF THESTATE IN THIS NATION THAT

HAS THE MOST UNINSUREDCHILDREN OUT OF ANY OTHER

STATE.

>> MEDICAID EXPANSION ISSIMPLY PUT A MISGUIDED AND

ULTIMATELY DOOMED ATTEMPT TOMASK THE SHORTCOMINGS OF

OBAMACARE.

>> TO EXPAND THIS PROGRAM ISNOT UNLIKE ADDING A THOUSAND

PEOPLE TO THE TITANIC.

>> Jon: TRUE, THAT'S TRUE.

THAT'S REALLY TRUE.

IF THE TITANIC HAD CRASHEDINTO A HOSPITAL.

(LAUGHTER)>> YOU KNOW WHAT,

EVERYTHING'S BIGGER IN TEXAS,ESPECIALLY TUMORS.

WHAT ABOUT YOU, MISSISSIPPI.

YOU, MISSISSIPPI, OR AS YOUARE ALSO KNOWN, THE 49th

HEALTHIEST STATE IN THEUNION-ISSIPPI.

>> OF ALL THE STATES IN THECOUNTRY THAT SHOULD BE

EMBRACING SOME OF THECHANGES COMING FROM

OBAMACARE, YOUR CRITICSWOULD SAY MISSISSIPPI

SHOULD BE AT THE FRONT OFTHE LIST.

>> PETER, THE PROBLEM IS, ITIS THE WORST SYSTEM OF

DELIVERING HEALTH CARE KNOWNTO MAN.

>> Jon: NO, IT'S NOT.

LISTEN, IT'S NOT PERFECT.

A LOT OF THINGS WE'D LIKE TOCHANGE BUT IT IS NOT THE

WORST SYSTEM OF DELIVERINGHEALTH CARE KNOWN TO MAN.

AS ANYBODY KNOWS WHO HASBEEN A PATIENT AT ENEMA HUT.

(LAUGHTER)ENEMA HUT, BECAUSE THERE

AIN'T NOTHING WRONG WITH YOUTHAT CAN'T BE CURED BY SOME

RECTAL IRRIGATION.

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