Last night, Jon Stewart asked Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius a simple question: Why was business given the opportunity to delay Obamacare, but individuals were not?
"But if I'm an individual, I'm wondering -- well, an individual who doesn't want this, because there are individuals who clearly that want this -- but if I'm an individual that doesn't want this, it would be hard for me to look at a big business getting a waiver and not having to do it, and me having to, because I would think, Well, gee, it looks like because I don't have a lobbying group," Steward asked. "I would feel like you were favoring big business because they lobbied you to delay it because they didn't want to do it this year, but you're not allowing individuals that same courtesy."
After a back-and-forth, which consisted of Stewart asking that simple question and Sebelius trying to avoid answering that question, Sebelius makes the argument that actually individuals can delay it if they pay a fine:
STEWART: So why is it that individuals, though, couldn't say that they didn't want to do it just for a year, like business?
SEBELIUS: Well, they can.
STEWART: Oh, they --
SEBELIUS: They'd pay a fine. They'd pay a fine at the end of the year, but they don't have to -- I mean, they can say I didn't want to do it. The theory is they can't pick and choose if they're going to get hit by a bus or diagnosed with a illness. For a lot of young folks, there is one fall on the basketball court, one auto accident from a lifetime of hospital bills they can't pay.