After locking up their replacement plan for Obamacare from prying eyes last week, the Republicans in Congress finally revealed the details on Monday to much criticism from both sides.
The cuts to health care tax credits and Medicaid expansion are going to hurt low- and middle-income Americans, as well as seniors, and there’s no sense in trying to pretend that the quality of health care in the United States isn’t going to deteriorate under the GOP’s stingy plan.
On Wednesday night, Stephen Colbert pointed out just how Medieval it’s going to be. During his monologue on The Late Show, Colbert said:
“They’re like the George R.R. Martins of health care. And just like in ‘Game of Thrones,’ a lot of your favorite characters are going to die without warning.”
The new Trumpcare plan from Republicans has outspoken critics on both sides. Colbert noted that Libertarian-minded Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky called it “Dead on arrival.” Colbert then jokes:
“And Rand Paul knows ‘dead on arrival,’ because I believe that was his presidential campaign slogan.”
Trump went all out on Tuesday, notes Colbert, threatening fellow Republicans for balking at passing his “Trumpcare” and threatening them with an “electoral bloodbath” in the 2018 race. Colbert jokes:
“Which would be terrible, because their health-care plan does not cover ‘bloodbath.’
“Again… Game of Thrones!”
Colbert then talked about Sean Spicer, who was asked in a press briefing if he or others in the administration were capable of empathizing with those who would be losing their health care coverage under Trumpcare.
In a video clip, Spicer tells a reporter that saying he doesn’t have empathy for those without health care would be like saying that he couldn’t have empathy for someone without a job just because he has one.
Cracking wise on the increasing number of controversies surrounding the White House press secretary and reports that Trump is displeased with Spicer’s performance, Colbert notes:
“You may have empathy sooner than you think, Sean… that’s what I hear.”
Colbert then notes that premiums are going to rise for older Americans under Trumpcare and now, the AARP has come out against it.
“You fools! You’ve awakened… The Ancient Ones!
“For months now, the Elders have slumbered after sending one of their own to lead us. And now they stir, roused by a threat to the health care they so cherish.
“Of course this would summon them — they keep track of the days of the week using pills.
“Don’t you know? They’re the ones that vote.”
Colbert wrapped up his monologue by assuring those who will likely lose their health insurance under the Trumpcare bill:
“There’s a silver lining here. For the people about to lose their health care, just go to La Guardia and you can get a free prostate exam.”
Check out Colbert’s hilarious monologue in full below.
Featured image via Facebook: Donald J. Trump on the Iron Throne