“Obamacare literally may kill you,” said Eric Bolling, one of the co-hosts of the Fox News program “The Five,” back in August 2012.
Bolling’s dire prediction was one of a few used by Jordan Klepper, a “Daily Show” correspondent, to fact-check Fox News and others who made similar projections about the signature policy initiative of President Obama. To rebut these presumptions, Klepper first engaged in some cable-news polarity, citing clips from lefty cable network MSNBC touting good-news developments about Obamacare. Then he turned to Janet Runbeck, who told Klepper, “I lost my job as a direct result of Obamacare.” Which was good news, she said, because she had run a free clinic — RotaCare — in Washington state that operated out of a janitor’s lunchroom and served uninsured patients. Once Obamacare took effect, it enrolled its patients and ran itself out of business. The comedic highlight of this segment comes when Klepper attempts to make like an Obamacare opponent: “I can spin this: Sick patients tyranically removed from a janitor’s lunchroom, tragically receiving health care, uh …”