Stephen Colbert Lays Into Mitch McConnell After the GOP Delays Its Health Care Vote
Despite controlling all three branches of government, Republicans have yet to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act—one of Donald Trump's biggest campaign promises and the GOP's cri de coeur for nearly a decade.
"You remember how the Republicans have been promising to repeal and replace Obamacare for seven years now?" opened "Late Show" host Stephen Colbert Tuesday. "It's their most consistent message other than 'turn down that hip-hop racket, you kids!'"
Scrutiny over the deeply unpopular bill, which five Republican senators have declined to support, has impelled Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to postpone a vote on the so-called Better Health Care Reconciliation Act until after the Fourth of July recess.
"McConnell knows if they don't pass it now, there's a serious danger someone might read it," Colbert quipped.
"There are a lot of good reasons not to have the vote this week," he continued, but one really big reason: "McConnell would have lost."
A damning new report from the Congressional Budget Office isn't helping matters.
"Republicans, who were already nervous, ran for the exits after the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office announced yesterday that under the GOP plan, 22 million people would lose their health coverage."
"To put that number into perspective," the host noted, "if you laid 22 million people end to end, it would reach Canada, where they could get health care."