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Colbert Skewers FreedomWorks, Who Told Young People To Burn Their Nonexistent Obamacare Cards - VIDEO

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What's currently posing the biggest threat to you right now? Is it homophobes in Russia? Some sort of terrorist group? Is there salmonella contaminating vegetables again? No. According to FreedomWorks, it's healthcare.

As Stephen Colbert says to his audience: "you gotta lock your lungs and batten down your colon...because Obamacare is coming."

The much-debated individual mandate takes effect at the stroke of midnight on January 1, 2014, a fact that recently sparked outrage from the uber-conservative nonprofit FreedomWorks. Who cares if it has already started decreasing premiums in 11 states? Such nit-picky details are irrelevant. Among the many ways that FreedomWorks encouraged supporters to express their indignation was to "burn their Obamacare cards", similar to protests during the Vietnam War in which young men burned their draft cards. What's that you say? Obamacare cards don't exist? DETAILS! IRRELEVANT!

Fortunately, FreedomWorks offered a solution. They'll create the design for a symbolic Obamacare card that protesters can print out themselves and then burn. Of course, Colbert finds that gesture to be a little too symbolic. He quipped...

"FreedomWorks is opening up a whole new world of fighting symbols of injustice that don't exist. You know what? They should rent a bus, order themselves to sit at the back of the bus, then refuse to sit at the back of their own bus!"

Watch Colbert's monologue in its entirety AFTER THE JUMP...


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  1. "decreased premiums in 11 states"...source?

    Because when googled, it says did you mean "increased premiums in 11 states"..

    Nice try though.

    Posted by: LOLZ | Jul 30, 2013 11:54:00 AM

  2. Here's the actual source you apparently were too stupid to find on Google:

    I'm sorry LOLZ, are you touched in the head? Did you not hear "The department of Health and Human Services announced..."at the beginning of the clip? More importantly, do you really believe everything you read on the internet? (I'm guessing yes, as you seem to take a Google suggestion, which is just an indicator of commonly typed phrases, as gospel?)

    Posted by: Griff | Jul 30, 2013 12:30:46 PM

  3. @LOLZ: As with so many things political these days, it depends on who you ask. Generally, the ACA shifts costs from older and/or sicker people to the younger and/or healthier. The *average* premium in any given state may go down, but plenty of insurees will find that their premiums will go up. In general, it's problematic because the young and healthy are the ones who are least likely to have insurance *now*, since it's already too expensive. We'll see how all that plays out in the exchanges. What this country needs is the same sort of universal healthcare that the rest of the developed world has invested in, but we're unlikely to see that anytime soon.

    Posted by: Joel | Jul 30, 2013 12:32:19 PM

  4. Gee, they missed out on the late 1960's and just can't get over it.

    Posted by: Gus | Jul 30, 2013 1:07:24 PM

  5. @GRIFF Thanks for the link. Now if others could only be as helpful!

    Posted by: dctopman | Jul 30, 2013 1:33:26 PM

  6. What is Freedomworks even bitching about? They've still got private companies providing insurance to you in the US. I'm so glad to live in a country with a universal single-payer public system.

    Posted by: Derek Pearce | Jul 30, 2013 1:54:42 PM

  7. Joel, that how insurance works. The healthy end up covering the costs of the sick. If insurance only covered one group there would be no need for insurance.

    Posted by: sugarrhill | Jul 30, 2013 2:35:06 PM

  8. @SUGARRHILL Of course--I understand that. I'm just pointing out that it's hard to say that *everyone* will see a drop (or rise) in insurance premiums.

    Posted by: Joel | Jul 30, 2013 4:51:31 PM

  9. It's a shame that health care became a political football. It's impossible to discuss the issue in a way that is separate from the political partisan warfare. I hope a viable third-party candidate runs in 2016.

    Posted by: Markt | Jul 31, 2013 9:21:20 AM

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