Stewart's exchange with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius made me want to scream at them both. Here's one very stupid section of the interview:
No. The two mandates are not the same at all. The individual mandate is necessary to make the cost doable. If you force the insurance companies to take anyone who wants care, and all the people who are sick and uninsured sign up, but nobody else has to, no one else will. Why spend money you don't need to spend? When you don't spend that money, you essentially forced a bunch of new expenditures onto the insurance companies. They will then raise premium prices, and pass on the losses to consumers, spiking prices. Delaying the individual mandate makes the whole program not work, and that is entirely why Republicans want it. It's also why the administration cannot do it. The employer mandate does not work the same way, and addresses totally different issues.
Stewart is funny, no doubt, but I don't get my political news there. He's not good at that. Sebelius apparently isn't so good at explaining her own program apparently, either. Considering that I just was able to explain why not to delay the mandate a year, a former governor should do better than that.