'The Daily Show' visits Remote Area Medical's Knoxville clinic

'The Daily Show' visits Remote Area Medical's Knoxville clinic, uses satire to highlight need for health care access

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The Daily Show clip courtesy: Comedy Central

A Comedy Central film crew visits Knoxville's RAM clinic. (source: Remote Area Medical) A Comedy Central film crew visits Knoxville's RAM clinic. (source: Remote Area Medical)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knoxville and Remote Area Medical made a national cable TV appearance Thursday night as "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" lampooned the state of the American health care system.

The segment, titled "Third World Health Care - Knoxville, Tennessee Edition," begins with lawmakers praising the U.S. health care system as the best in the world.

It then shifts to profiling RAM founder Stan Brock and the origin of his group bringing care to far-flung areas.

Reporter Aasif Mandvi then acts surprised to find out that people are already waiting in long lines for services here at home.

The segment also features a Fox business commentator getting a bit tongue-tied about those lines, and encouraging people to stop being poor.

Remote Area Medical said it is aware that "The Daily Show" isn't the real news, but it does show millions of viewers the need for access to health care.

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