Stephen Colbert gave a shout-out to Tea Party group FreedomWorks on Monday for stepping up its’ efforts against the Affordable Care Act, which organizers have compared to protests against the Vietnam War.
“Yeah, people forget that about the Vietnam War,” Colbert explained to his viewers. “Those hippies were just fiscal conservatives protesting a ‘Big Government’ program. I don’t want to see a whole generation forced to fight infection at some nearby county hospital only to come home in one piece with something to live for.”
FreedomWorks’ latest protest involves the burning of “Obamacare cards” associated with people who register for the federal healthcare exchanges. The catch, though, is that the program doesn’t require identification cards, meaning the organization will be designing and releasing them for members to print on their own computers.
“Yes, burn it, tear it, mark it — but first, print it, cut it and laminate it,” Colbert suggested. “FreedomWorks is opening up a whole new world of fighting symbols of injustice that don’t exist. They should ride a bus, order themselves to sit at the back of the bus, then refuse to sit at the back of their own bus. Fight the power!”
But Colbert also warned his audience to “lock your lungs and batten down your colon,” since the legislation is already beginning to take effect (and lower healthcare premiums) in 20 states and the District of Columbia, with a scheduled nationwide roll-out on Jan. 1, 2014.
“When the New Year’s ball drops, it will immediately be checked for lumps,” he predicted.
For the individual care mandate to work, the government must register 2.7 million people between the ages of 18 and 35 to offset the costs of caring for seniors or the chronically ill.
“Don’t fall for it, young people,” Colbert urged his viewers. “You don’t need insurance. You’re gonna be young and healthy forever.”
Watch Colbert discuss FreedomWorks and “Obamacare,” aired Monday on Comedy Central, below.