Steward asks Sebelius why businesses got a pass and individuals didn’t and Sebelius tells him they do. Only they have to pay the penalty to get that pass.
JON STEWART: So this is what some would consider the first mall that’s been created [for purchasing health care insurance].
KATHLEEN SEBELIUS: You bet. The first — new rules for companies.
STEWART: So why is it that individuals, though, couldn’t say that they didn’t want to do it just for a year, like business?
SEBELIUS: Well, they can.
STEWART: Oh, they —
SEBELIUS: They’d pay a fine. They’d pay a fine at the end of the year, but they don’t have to — I mean, they can say I didn’t want to do it. The theory is they can’t pick and choose if they’re going to get hit by a bus or diagnosed with a illness. For a lot of young folks, there is one fall on the basketball court, one auto accident from a lifetime of hospital bills they can’t pay.
Here is the video. That exchange happens towards the last 6 mins. Don’t miss Stewards first commentary and question at the beginning of the exchange however. He tries to pass it off as a joke and Sebelius laughs, but the thing is that Steward’s question abut what would happen first – if he were to try and download every movie made vs. tried to sign up for Obamacare – is damning.
You can’t make this level of condescending disdain for the serfs by our elite credentialed masters up.