The Daily Show Looks At The Greatest American Healthcare In The Greatest America Ever

The Daily Show squeezes amazing comedy mileage from this ridiculously simple premise: Take a rightwing cliché at face value and then go into the world to check the fit. And so Aasif Mandvi went to Knoxville, Tennesee with a charity doctor to test the premise that America has “the greatest healthcare system in the world.” After all, Fox Business Network commentator Todd Wilemon warns that Obamacare threatens to someday turn our healthcare into something you might find in the third world. And sure enough, accompanying Dr. Stan Brock of Remote Area Medical to Knoxville, he found a gymnasium crowded with impoverished people desperate to be seen by a doctor, but unable to pay for care.

Best part of the segment: Mandvi describing what he found to Wilemon, and Wilemon’s squirming as he attempts to explain that everything now is just fine, and all those folks in Knoxville are lazy and unwilling to pay, because “they’ve made that choice.” And yes, Wilemon actually does have a solution for poverty: “If you’re poor, stop being poor.” Damn! Why didn’t we think of that?

The conclusions are pretty clear — if America continues down the road to socialized medicine, we may end up with a third-world system like that found in Canada or France (no, we will never have health care as good as France).

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  • weejee

    Superb high inside cheese at 4:14.

  • SnarkOff

    Unfortunately it sounds like the people of Red State Tennessee have the healthcare system they voted for.

    • (((Eykis)))

      Actually, we have a General Assembly full of Evangelibagging Imbeciles – yesterday they passed a bill stripping the governor (also a dipshit) of his right to expand TennCare (Medicaid) without their permission. We need to run every Repig out of office here.

    • jjdaddyo

      I’m wondering if/when we’re going to see interstate migration for people who need healthcare but just can’t get it in Red States. Not people who “don’t want to pay”, but the working poor. I wonder if MA saw any influx in the last 10 years.

  • jim filyaw

    reminds me of a bumper sticker that used to be popular in texas: ‘oil wells! if you don’t have one–get one!’

  • Dragoon21b

    I seriously can’t help but wonder how many Republicans actually watch the daily show…I think it must be like…5

  • Haribo Lector

    Canada’s system isn’t so great. Funding comes from the government, but hospitals and clinics are still owned by profit-making companies creaming off a fat percentage for themselves. Hospitals should be owned and operated by the government.

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  • Joseph

    Oh dear, the look on the fat guys face was priceless. really, are republicans really this supid? Do they think no one does any research? Do I have a hat on?

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