- “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”/CBS; YouTube
Stephen Colbert on Tuesday’s “Late Show” mocked Paul Ryan, who’s under attack from both liberals and some conservatives for his defense of the President Donald Trump-endorsed healthcare bill and supposed hypocrisy when to comes to Trump.
As the author of the American Health Care Act, also known as “Trumpcare,” Ryan has been vigilantly defending the bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare.” After much opposition from both sides of the political aisle, the Congressional Budget Office delivered another hit. It estimates that 24 million more people will be uninsured under Trumpcare compared to Obamacare.
But Ryan failed to see that as a strike against the plan, insisting that the bill still provides access to affordable health care for many. In his response, he also highlighted the CBO’s findings that the plan will provide tax relief and decrease the federal deficit. In one interview, Ryan said the report “exceeded” his expectations.
“Really? Twenty-four million people losing their health care exceeded your expectations?” Colbert responded. “You sound like the most optimistic guy on the Donner Party. ‘Oh, everything’s great! I expected to eat my grandma miles ago.'”
And as if the attacks on Trumpcare weren’t enough, conservative news site Breitbart released audio of Ryan from October 2016. In it, he said he would not defend then-presidential candidate Trump – “not now, not in the future.”
“Adding, ‘By in the future, of course, I mean between now and the election. After that, I’m going to fold like a Trump casino,'” Colbert joked.
Watch the video below:
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