Samantha Bee Previews the American Dystopia to Come if Trump Succeeds in Gutting Medicaid
This wasn't how Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) drew it up.
After finally unveiling the Better Care Reconciliation Act, legislation he had hidden from Democrats and the public for several weeks, the Senate Majority Leader announced Tuesday that he would be delaying the vote on a Republican health care bill that has proven massively unpopular.
"The Senate would cut all of Medicaid more deeply than the House, and impose annual limits on spending," noted "Full Frontal" host Samantha Bee, who explained how the legislation would set the country back decades.
"That's not Obamacare repeal. That's Johnsoncare repeal," she quipped. "Please don't kill Medicaid. It's only 52 years old. It just joined Curves and is learning to dance like nobody's watching!"
On the campaign trail, Donald Trump vowed not to cut Medicaid, which remains overwhelmingly popular with Democrats and Republicans alike. But the Senate's newest bill would cut the government program by more than $700 billion, even if Trump administration officials like Kellyanne Conway insist otherwise.
"These are not cuts to Medicaid," Conway told ABC news host George Stephanopoulos on Sunday. "This slows the rate for the future."
"Basically," Bee cut in, "[she's] telling your kid we were planning on buying your new clothes as you got older, but instead, we'll just have you wear the same onesie until you're 53."
Even with a vote postponed until after the July 4 recess, there's a very real chance the legislation will be signed into law.
"You just don't bet against Mitch McConnell's ability to figure this kind of thing out," insisted Josh Holms, a GOP commentator and former chief of staff for McConnell, in an interview with Fox News last week.
"This is the legislative equivalent of landing a 747 in a suburban driveway," he added.
"Yes, it's exactly like that," Bee agreed. "Because it's going to be catastrophic. And most of the people affected will be women and children."