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Stephen Colbert, Patrick Stewart mock Obamacare victims

In a recent sketch on Comedy Central’s Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert and actor Patrick Stewart took on the issue of Obamacare, but not to make fun of the disastrous roll-out or the negative effects on Americans losing their insurance plans. Instead, the celebrity millionaires mocked the idea that anyone had lost their coverage, callously demeaning millions of people who have lost their insurance..

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In the sketch, which aired March 3, Colbert criticized congressional Republicans who have been relaying “horror stories” about Obamacare cancellations, claiming that they were not true. He also mentioned an anti-Obamacare commercial used actors instead of real victims. He then claimed to have found someone who had lost their insurance, and introduced “Chuck Duprey,” a Louisiana redneck played by Stewart. Playing up the ignorant Republican hick stereotype, Stewart complained that his premiums rose due to “fisherman’s foot,” made a few jokes, and then cried out “repeal and replace” before collapsing and “dying.” Clips of the sketch are included here.

Colbert, of course, chose to ignore the numerous documented cases in which average Americans have had their insurance canceled or their premiums rise dramatically. That includes Edie Littlefield Sundby, who is fighting stage 4 gallbladder cancer and lost insurance coverage due to Obamacare regulations. Sundby detailed her struggle in a column she wrote in The Wall Street Journal. He also ignores the plight of Gloria Canter, a woman battling brain cancer whose insurance was cancelled due to Obamacare, and had her story covered by WFTV, the ABC affiliate in Orlando. Rather than highlight their cause, Colbert and Stewart have a laugh at their expense.

While Colbert’s liberal bias is well known, Stewart’s political leanings are not. In fact, he is an admitted socialist, and often campaigns for liberal causes.

Victor Medina writes for Yahoo News and his political blog His other writing credits include The Dallas Morning News and He has served as a Dallas County election judge and on the Board of Directors of The Sixth Floor Museum. You can follow him on his blog, or on Twitter at @mrvictormedina. He can be reached by email at Click here to receive a weekly email update from To be notified of future stories by Victor Medina, click the SUBSCRIBE link here or at the top of this page.

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