Colbert Rips GOP's 'Repeal and Erase' Plan for Health Care

For Republicans, the struggle to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is coming to fruition as Donald Trump takes office. However, without a specific replacement plan, Americans enrolled in Obamacare are growing increasingly worried; particularly voters just realizing that ACA and Obamacare are, in fact, the same thing.


“You know the old saying,” "Late Show" host Stephen Colbert began.

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try, try, try, try, try try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try again. And this time, the Republicans mean it.”

It's taken the GOP over 60 tries to repeal Obamacare after facing opposition in the House and Senate for years. On the campaign trail, Trump vaguely promised to replace and replace the plan with "something terrific." And as President-elect he claimed everyone would be covered after the much-anticipated repeal, once again, without offering details.

“It’s not going to be their plan,” he said of the 20 million covered under Obamacare. “It’ll be another plan. But they’ll be beautifully covered. I don’t want single-payer. What I do want is to be able to take care of people,” Trump said less than a week before he takes office. 

Trump failed to disclose just how the new act would get approval, but insisted it would pass. 

“We’re going to have insurance for everybody,” Trump continued. “There was a philosophy in some circles that if you can’t pay for it, you don’t get it. That’s not going to happen with us... [Americans] can expect to have great health care. It will be in a much simplified form. Much less expensive and much better.”

The following week, Colbert responded with a scathing takedown in a “WERD” segment. 

“Don’t worry, if you are losing your Obamacare you will be beautifully covered,” he said. “Either by insurance or six feet of dirt. Either way, just beautiful. So nice. So beautiful. We’re going to tamp the dirt down, we’ll tamp it down all smooth. It’s going to be beautiful.”

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