In last night’s interview with Rep. Henry Waxman, Jon Stewart appeared fixated on the fact that “the health care bill” was 1200 pages long. From his viewpoint, it was a huge bill because of all the extra things included at the behest of lobbyists, not because health care and insurance reform is complicated. I’m not sure how many pages represented the upper limit in his mind, but he seemed to not have patience enough to listen to a few minutes of Congressman Waxman describing just a few of the issues that might extend the text of the bill. I was reminded of a recent statement by RNC chairman Michael Steele that received a fair amount of ridicule:
STEELE: So if it’s a cost problem, it’s easy: Get the people in a room who have the most and the most direct impact on cost, and do the deal. Do the deal. It’s not that complicated.
If it’s an access question, people don’t have access to health care, then figure out who they are, and give them access! Hello?! Am I missing something here?
What Jon Stewart was saying was eerily similar. And Stewart had just finished making fun of Senator Grassley’s “Sur Taxalot” story boards – that seems like the kind of simplicity he wants to hear from Congress on this subject.