It seemed to be health care night over at Comedy Central’s nighttime “news” shows last night. First, John Stewart interviewed former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle about his new book Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis.
According to the Publishers Weekly summary of the book:
The U.S. is the only industrialized nation that does not guarantee necessary health care to all of its citizens, and as former senator Daschle observes…we can’t afford not to because U.S. economic competitiveness is being impeded by the large uninsured population and fast-rising health costs…. Daschle proposes creating a Federal Health Board, similar to the Federal Reserve System, whose structure, functions and enforcement capability would be largely insulated from the politics and passion of the moment, in addition to a merging of employers’ plans, Medicaid and Medicare with an expanded FEHBP (Federal Employee Health Benefits Program) that would cover everyone.
Following “The Daily Show,” conservative satirist Stephen Colbert had his own health care segment on the “Colbert Report.” After sassing the notion of universal health care – “I’m against [it]. Health care for the entire universe?” – he then went on to shed some humorous light on the nation’s surgeon shortage and Pfizer’s misleading ads for the cholesterol drug Lipitor.