Late-Night Hosts Mock Donald Trump's Health Care Bill
President Trump celebrated after the House of Representatives voted on a health care bill designed to repeal and replace Obamacare, but late-night hosts weren't so overjoyed. Seth Meyers, Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah spoke about the new health care bill on Thursday's shows, largely panning the bill and those it left behind.
Late Night's Meyers skewered the plan in a "Closer Look" segment, calling out members of Congress who voted on the bill without ever reading it. "The bill literally takes from the poor and gives to the rich," Meyers said, "it's exactly what Bernie Sanders warned us about."
"To get the bill passed today, Republicans added new things that made it even worse," he joked about the new version of the bill, which allows states to opt out of Obamacare's ban on pre-existing conditions. "They basically took an oatmeal raisin cookie and added cilantro."
The Late Show's Colbert faux-celebrated the "victory" of the bill. “So they did it. Obamacare is now officially dead … is something they can say once the bill goes to the Senate, then gets out of committee, is debated not the floor where amendments can be added …” and so forth.
“That’s why Republicans were chanting, ‘We’re number one … third of the way through a very complex process,” Colbert added during his monologue. He also noted a reporter’s quote from White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, which said, “The president stepped up and helped punt the ball into the end zone,” to which Colbert quipped, “A more accurate football metaphor would have been the GOP just kicked America in the balls.”
The Daily Show's Noah argued that while several people are upset with the proposed health care bill, "one group that should be more pissed off than any other is Trump voters," because he went back on his campaign promises about the bill.
Showing footage of Trump's statements last year, in which the now president said the plan "will be unbelievable," Noah agreed. "Donald Trump is right. What happened today is f—ing unbelievable."
Tonight at 11/10c, Trevor reacts to the House passing a health care bill that breaks the promises Trump made to his voters. pic.twitter.com/0YqzmTyGQE— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) May 5, 2017
This article originally appeared in THR.com.