Stephen Colbert criticizes FreedomWorks after missing the point of ‘burn your Obamacare cards’ push

Stephen Colbert

The conservative advocacy group FreedomWorks recently announced its campaign to “burn your Obamacare card,” but it’s clear that comedian Stephen Colbert just doesn’t get it.

On ‘The Colbert Report‘ Monday night, the host sharply criticized the organization — which he called “the Godfather of the Tea Party movement” — for its push to have young people fight back against forced universal healthcare.

“That’s right, younglings,” Colbert said. “Protest this government overreach by lighting your insurance card on fire. But be careful, because if you burn yourself, you don’t have health insurance.”

The host then pointed out that Obamacare cards don’t actually exist, revealing that he doesn’t quite understand the concept of a metaphor. He accused the organization of “fighting symbols of injustice that don’t exist.”

“But FreedomWorks isn’t letting a little thing like ‘not existing’ get in their way,” Colbert said, explaining that the organization would provide fake Obamacare cards for people to print.

Admittedly, Colbert’s jokes are funny. But he completely misses the point of the FreedomWorks push.

Card or no card, the concept of Obamacare is the modern-day military draft for young people. They have almost no choice but to follow the government’s individual healthcare mandate. Unless, of course, they want to pay a fee — one that countless young people can’t afford, for reasons like underemployment in a struggling economy.

But the host didn’t stop there, then suggesting that those who didn’t like this ‘draft’ could move to Canada, much like what anti-draft protesters did in the 60s.

“Bonus, I hear they have a great healthcare system up there that doesn’t cost that much,” he closed.

Colbert’s job is make jokes, but the healthcare draft isn’t funny for the million of young Americans who will have to support the flawed Obamacare system.

Watch the clip below:

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