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Daily Show Comes to Merida

Daily Show Comes to Merida

2 December 2009 Video 24

Well, the Daily Show CAME to Merida months ago, but the segment finally aired this week.

Congratulations to all the extranjeros who braved the streets of Merida to participate in the filming, as well as Yucatan Living's Joseph's novia (girlfriend), Areli! What a great performance!

Here's the segment about Americans escaping over the border into Mexico for healthcare:

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c
American Refugees Seek Health Care in Mexico
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  • Alex Merkel 6 years ago

    Quite a humorous take on a serious subject! Now that Charlie Sheen is fired, Betty will have to find another show, perhaps a Telenovela...Great Video!

  • Working Gringos 8 years ago

    Email the Working Gringos at

  • Dianne 8 years ago

    Is there a way to email the working gringos?Thanks!

  • Los Suenos 8 years ago

    First and foremost it was funny. I would hope people would find the irony of European Americans comming to Mexico and signing up for IMSS. A system they never have contributed to prior to arriving to Mexico. Yet they complain about the Mexican immigrant draining the health care in the USA. I actually would be fine with it except for how my brothers and sisters are treated up north. You round them up like animals, treat them with disrespect, and groups of young people beat them up and kill them and get away with it. I do not believe all European-Americans are that way but I cannot understand why the ones who do not agree with that kind of behavior are not outraged. Then you want us to welcome you to our country with open arms. I do not understand why it has to be that way.

  • WD 8 years ago

    I enjoyed it :)

  • Dianne 8 years ago

    We loved this!!The daily show makes comedy of anything and anyone!I was just glad to see Merida,which I will visit next month...Also,I want to send an email to the Working Gringos.I tried to send it to the info@yucatanliving.It said the mail was full...Is there a better address??

  • Marco Luna 8 years ago

    Come on Santiago, The Daily Show is not making fools of anyone here. The only people they are making fools of are the fools in the States who refuse to believe that privitized health care as it is in the U.S. is just fine. I am visiting Merida for a month but I live in Canada. I'm an American though and I can tell you that I love my socialized health care system up there. I will not come home for the very reason that the American system is barbaric. Growing up in the States my parents always told me that despite the fact that they were both employed, with good jobs and good benifits, if somthing really bad were to happen they would lose everything in order to get through the cost of health care. In Canada I have had two kids, three or for emergencie room visits for me, two for my son and not a dime out of my pockets. If I lost my job it would'nt matter, I'm still covered. My Federal taxes are slightly higher, but i have no health care costs. Another thing, you guys down in the U.S. get dinged hard on property taxes. Mine are only 1200$ a year. So really your government and insurance companies still take more from you than the Canadian government takes from me. Come on guys get with it. You are one of the only few countrie that still has no socialized health care. You are not right and the rest of the world is wrong. Typical American way of thinking. realize your follies and get it together. Insurance companies have been ripping you off for years and they are getting more brazen about it. Think of it like you think of auto insurance. You pay and pay over the years. Suddenly you need it and they tell you that you have deductibles. Fine. Then they tell you that your payments will rise for the next few years. Fine. Then they tell you that due to previous claims, you are no longer insurable. In the end you pay them more than the cost of fixing the damages yourself. Its a scam, plain and simple.

  • CasiYucateco 8 years ago

    "All that is asked..."

    Our (household) focus is that the law should be applied to the rich first and foremost. Once they begin to obey the law, then we will worry about the poor.

    If I wreck a car into a fire hydrant and tree, do I have the option to tell the police: No, I don't want to talk to you about this. Just wait four or five days. No blood tests. No breathalyzers.

    If I operate a large, messy, dangerous business and fabricate social security numbers, names and addresses to hire workers who don't speak English or even Spanish, and expand my efforts to around 600 workers, who should go to jail?

    In the US today, the 600 workers are torn from their children, charged with ID theft (what "theft?" their employer gave them IDs), imprisoned for 3 to 5 years, then deported. The CEO, the corporate treasurer, the corporate attorneys, the board of directors, the district managers? Not charged with anything, although they invented and put into practice the scheme, even going as far as having current workers bring 'across' more family members to fill my plant with cheap labor.

    Some see brown people and become angry. We see the rich flaunt the law and never suffer the consequences. Bankers and regulators who took Trillions of taxpayer dollars still have their jobs, their enormous bonuses (some as much as $46,000 a day), their yachts, their country clubs. Where are our trillions? pocketed?

    Those bankers should be in prison for life. Why aren't they? Is it because they are white? rich? both?

    I am not part of the Working Gringos, although I visit frequently. I visit for education, for the emotional tugs, for the incredible photography, calendar, fine writing.

    I fail to see what driving/biking in Merida has to do with "illegal invasion."

    Enjoy life. Look less for poor scapegoats and look more at the real thieves in the night. Have a drink. Go for a stroll. Try to cleanse negative attitudes and enjoy the good that fills the earth. The hand of creation is everywhere!

    Is it so hard for people to be kind?

  • mexicano 8 years ago


    No-one is asking for borders to be hermetically sealed. That is just the feeble attempt of someone trying to reframe the debate on their own terms. All that is asked is that the laws of the respective countries are observed and upheld. There is nothing unusual in this - it is the norm throughout modern history and throughout the world. Incidentally, I see you have yet to respond to my question regarding the term íllegal invasion´in another comment thread (Driving and biking in Merida). Care to do so?

  • CasiYucateco 8 years ago

    I feel the video is an excellent, on-point, satire of the scandalous "know-nothings" who want to hermetically seal borders (which has never been accomplished anywhere by anyone in the history of the earth) and the great health care "debate" being controlled by insurance companies in the USA.

    Everyone's sense of humor is different.
    Satire is not "real" -- that is the point.
    Anyway, ho ho ho! from up north.

  • Working Gringa 8 years ago

    In response to the above comment by "Mark Santiago", we would like to point out that Dr. Carlos Cabrera is a REAL doctor... he doesn't just play one on TV. He graduated from the University of Yucatan Medical School here in Merida in 2007 and in 2008, he was released from his required social service.

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