The Daily Show's Jon Stewart opened up this Thursday's show by pointing out to his audience one of the other reasons there are problems with the Affordable Care Act getting out of the gate besides the trouble with their web site, and that's the "total dickishness" of the Republicans in the 26 states who rejected the Medicaid expansions.
After showing some footage which noted the one thing these states have in common, that they all either have Republican governors or Republican controlled legislatures, Stewart stated the obvious on their motives:
STEWART: Oh!? Which makes it really hard not to see this as just the latest example of that hit game show sweeping part of the nation, "What Do You Hate More: Poverty or Obama?"
Brought to you by... spite. Spite, the emotion that makes you turn down millions of dollars that would go to the working poor, because you hate the president.
And as Stewart and others before him have pointed out, those states who turned down the expansions are the ones that need the help the most. They're also the ones that already take the most in federal money compared to what they pay out.
Stewart wrapped things up with a reminder from the last election on what the Republicans' plan for health care is, per Mitt Romney - go to the emergency room.
STEWART: Historical footnote is right. You can always go to the emergency room. You can always go to the emergency room when you're having a heart attack, and apparently they think that's the fiscally responsible option rather than expanding Medicaid, because unlike Obamacare, we all know, ER visits are free! [...]
Got it? Medical care for the uninsured has already ballooned the cost of the system. This is an attempt to gain control of those costs. So if you have a better answer, Republicans, let’s f**king hear it! But don’t make your plan, "What do we need food stamps for when we already have dine and dash?"