“Late Night” host Seth Meyers dedicated his “A Closer Look”
segment on Wednesday night to the new Republican healthcare bill
making its way toward a vote in the United States House of
Representatives. He called the latest bill, supported by
President Donald Trump and commonly referred to as “Trumpcare,”
Republicans have been trying to repeal and replace Obamacare for
seven years now, and a previous Trump-backed bill on health care
failed before a vote in the House.
“The whole thing is like the suitcase of a kid who says he’s
running away from home: It looks like he has a plan, but if you
open that suitcase up, all you’re going to find are some loose
Legos and a sleeve of Ritz crackers,” Meyers said.
Meyers also criticized the Republicans for allowing people with
preexisting conditions to pay more for their health insurance.
“This new bill would allow states to waive out of Obamacare’s ban
on preexisting conditions,” he said.
“Part of the problem for Republicans is that they’re trying to
hide a core truth about their bill — as well as a core truth
about Republican ideology — which is that they simply don’t think
it’s the government’s job to ensure that people get affordable
health care,” Meyers continued. “Normally they don’t admit that
openly, but on Monday, Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks, a hardline
conservative, admitted in a moment of honesty that he has no
problem with people with preexisting conditions paying more for
their health insurance.”
Meyers then showed a clip of Brooks saying that “people who lead
good lives, they’re healthy, they’ve done the things to keep
their bodies healthy. And right now, those are the people who
have done things the right way that are seeing their costs
“People who ‘lead good lives’? So what does that mean?” Meyers
asked. “People who are sick lead ‘bad’ lives? If that were really
how it worked, Donald Trump would have died three years before he
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