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Posted by on Mar 18, 2009 in Arts & Entertainment, Politics | 32 comments

Jon Stewart Rips Obama on Troop Insurance

Ever since I caught the business end of a verbal Louisville Slugger for asking if late night comics would begin criticizing the Obama administration, I’ve been carrying this guilty feeling as if it’s my responsibility to keep watch over the late night comedians. Last night, more signs of life were breathed into my hopes for even handed satire in the age of Obama when Jon Stewart looked at the Obama plan for having wounded U.S. soldiers use their own health insurance for medical costs. (Hat tip: Hot Air) In response, Stewart unleashed his new series of editorial reports, titled, That Can’t Be Right.

STEWART: You know the veterans? The men and women who risk their lives defending our country? They’re about yay tall, wear green… sometimes tan. They’re this brave. Well, when they get injured, you know who foots the bill? You. The taxpayer. It’s incredibly… fair.

That’s why it struck me as a little odd when I read that one of the money saving proposals from the Obama administration was to remove veterans with private insurance plans from the V.A. rolls. So I guess what the government is saying is that if you still need a little rehab after you got that leg blown off in Iraq, the government will cover you! Unless your wife as a little COBRA left over from her substitute teaching gig. In that case, you’re going to have to go with her and the whole deductible thing. Unless, of course, your spouse is in Congress, and then you can get their sweet, sweet government plan.

I’ve got some other ideas they might want to try out to save a little money in the military. How about sponsored commendations? For your service, I offer you the Frito Lay Medal of Honor. Here’s another one… how about actual Navy seals? (A picture is shown of a Sea World seal with a sailor hat on.) People would totally pay to see that! Or how about the Arlington National Cemetery and Water Park?

WHAT THE F*&K ARE YOU GUYS THINKING!!??? Veterans having to use their private insurance to pay for their combat related injuries? THAT CAN’T BE RIGHT.

Unlike some of the complaints about Stewart’s pasting of Obama for not getting out of Iraq soon enough, (seen by conservative critics as nothing more than a complaint about the president not being liberal enough) this is one criticism being taken up from both sides of the aisle. Good job, Jon. You keep your credibility as one of the trenchant (and hilarious) voices in American politics as long as you take after both parties with the same ax. Well done, sir. Well done.