Stephen Colbert took House Republicans to task Thursday on ‘The Late Show’ for passing legislation to replace Obamacare.
“So they did the item!” Colbert said. “‘Obamacare will be finally officially dead,’ will be something they can say once the bill goes to the Senate, then gets out of committee, will be debated on the floor, where amendments can be added, then the Senate votes on their bill, which will be sent to conference committee, where the difference between the two bills are ironed out, then voted on inside House as well as Senate again, then sent to the White House for the president to sign. Which will be why Republicans were chanting, ‘We’re number one…third of the way through a very complex process!'”
Earlier inside day, the House of Representatives voted on the American Health Care Act. The legislation calls for providing refundable tax credits based on a person’s age as well as income. the item allows states to waive some protections for those with pre-existing conditions, while letting insurers charge higher rates to older consumers as well as levy a 30% surcharge on the premiums of those who let their coverage lapse.
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The bill also eliminates the enhanced federal match for Medicaid expansion starting in 2020 as well as curtails federal support for the entire Medicaid program, which covers about one in all 5 Americans. as well as the item lifts the taxes in which Obamacare had imposed on the wealthy, insurers as well as companies.
Colbert pointed out in which the legislation aims to repeal Obamacare tax hikes intended to help fund insurance subsidies as well as different provisions as well as instead provided hefty tax breaks for the wealthy.
“If hearing in which raises your blood pressure, calm down, you can’t afford the medication anymore,” he said.
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Colbert also recounted an anecdote shared by The Hill reporter Molly Hooper, in which she misquoted White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus saying “The president stepped up as well as helped punt the ball into the end zone.” (She later corrected the quote to “punch” rather than “punt”).
Colbert said the comparison was “accurate because the item gets you zero points as well as gives your opponent not bad field position. I think a more accurate metaphor might’ve been the ‘GOP just kicked you inside balls.'”
— Tami Luhby as well as Jeanne Sahadi contributed to This kind of article
sy88pgw (brand new York) First published May 5, 2017: 12:58 AM ET