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Sebelius on the Daily Show

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It figures — given the state of the national media — that the most cogent and in-depth discussion of health care reform that I’ve seen recently aired last night on the Daily Show. (Can we really call it “fake news” anymore?)

Jon Stewart conducted a smart, 15-minute interview with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius about the details of the health care reform bill moving through Congress.

Stewart brought up a point that I wrote about yesterday: that the most hotly debated piece of the bill — the new government-run plan — might be a path to a nationalized, government-run health care system (single payer).

Sebelius denied that. She said — in bit of news-making — that large employers wouldn’t be allowed to enroll their employees in the new government plan. She said this so-called “public option” would be geared more toward the uninsured and the under-insured. Those restrictions still might not keep private insurers competitive with a government plan in the long run.

It was a fascinating discussion. And if you’re at all interested in the health care debate, it’s a must-watch.

The first half of the interview is here.

The second half is here.

Dave Mann has been with the Observer since 2003. Before that, he worked as a reporter in Fort Worth and Washington, D.C. He was born and raised in Philadelphia. He thinks border collies are the world’s greatest dogs, and believes in the nourishing powers of pickup basketball.