John Oliver Pressures Republicans on Efficiently Replacing Obamacare: ‘Tick-Tock, Motherfu*kers!’
While most people were caught up in the mix-up seen ’round the world Sunday night at the Academy Awards, over on HBO John Oliver focused his desk deep-dive segment on the heated rhetoric surrounding the Affordable Care Act. With repeated campaign promises to repeal and replace Obamacare, President Donald Trump and his administration have put the focus of the bill front and center. After playing a clip of one Republican lawmaker slamming Obamacare as the worst law in our nation’s history, Oliver joked, “Good news Fugitive Slave Act, you’re officially off the hook!”
The most popular provisions of the Affordable Care Act made it illegal to deny people coverage due to preexisting conditions and ensured that children could stay insured under their parents health plans until the age of 26. When one lawmaker at a recent town hall disrespected his constituents by asserting that he “doubted” any of them actually read the law in its entirety, Oliver snapped, “What the fuck is wrong with you?! The notion of death panels isn’t just a lie, it’s PolitiFact’s 2009 of the year. We were also told Jason Mraz was the next big thing! We were lied to in a big way,” he joked.
The staff of Last Week Tonight even included footage from the Senate confirmation hearing of Tom Price, Trump’s Secretary of Health and Human Services, who danced around an admission that there was an effective replacement plan ready to go. In fact, Price did so in front of Congress with a laugh, something Oliver mocked instantly. “The president lies to us all the time with no repercussion — I see what the joke we’re laughing at is!” he continued.
Finally, Oliver rolled footage from a 2015 interview with Trump where the then-candidate indicated that “everyone” would be taken care of regarding health care coverage under his administration. “So anything short of that is a disaster!” Oliver said. “And insurers are going to need an answer soon, so tick-tock motherfuckers!”
Watch above, via HBO.
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