The Colbert Report

Season 3 Episode 46

Jeannette Walls

Aired Weekdays 11:30 PM Apr 10, 2007 on Comedy Central
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Jeannette Walls
Tonight Stephen welcomes Jeannette Walls, freelance writer and author of The Glass Castle: A Memoir.
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      • Stephen: Luckily there is a solution, and it's tonight's Word: Hip Replacement. Are 45 million uninsured American really a problem? A lot of the uninsured don't see the problem. (Can't afford the diagnosis) Last weeks New York Magazine had an article that had a really inspiring title: "The Young and Uninsured." It's about guy like Luke Jackson, a carpenter who cut himself with a chisel. The stitches cost him $1700 dollars. Now a lot of people would have run to the government asking for insurance. But no, not Mr. Jackson, he told the magazine quote: "Now I have a field suture kit you can buy from Navy surplus stores." He sews his own wounds! That's the do it yourself spirit. (This old scar) And there's also Yemi Wilson, he has two titanium rods in his spine that "the man" think should be checked by a doctor twice a year, but Yemi don't roll that way. Instead he says quote: "I do yoga to stay loose…" Smart guy, nothing keeps titanium rods in place better than putting your feet behind your head while rocking back and forth on your hands. (Downward facing dork) Nation, these are uninsured hipsters, fashion designers, gallery employees, artists who have so much influence with their peers they even have a generational nickname. The insurance industry calls them The Young Invincibles. (Faster than a slouching bullet) Their example sends a strong message that to stay healthy you don't need medicine. (Just a chill pill)

        This folks is an encouraging trend in the twenty-somethings, but if we want it to continue we're going to have to make sure that forsaking health care is sassy and rad for the teens and the tweens. (Disney's "Walk It Off: The Musical!") Kids of that age are so impressionable. So teen heartthrob Corbin Bleu, get hepatitis. I don't care how, do pushups in a pile of garbage, then no treatment what so ever. When kids see your face in Tiger Beat looking like this [Sideshow Bob] yellow skin will be the new Von Dutch trucker hat. And Aaron Carter, consider being hit by a bus. The point is, once everyone follows the trend setting of these Young Invicibles, health care as we know it will go the way of acid washed jeans. (Into Stephen's weekend wardrobe?)

        And that's the Word.

      • Stephen: Turn offs? Phony people. Turn ons? People who watch my program...and sex. This is the Colbert Report!

      • Stephen: Author Jeanette Walls discusses her memoir about growing up with homeless parents. The bright side? At least they can't send you to your room.

      • Stephen: Young people are choosing to live without health insurance. And I'm not just talking about my staff.

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