Stephen Colbert Reminds Viewers Just How Clueless Trump Really Is About Health Care
From "poorly rated" "Morning Joe" to "fake news" CNN to the "failing" New York Times, Trump has spent the week lashing out at the mainstream media. In a related story, Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday that the Senate would be postponing its vote on the much-maligned Better Care Reconciliation Act.
"I don't want to get too wonky," "Late Show" host Stephen Colbert opened Wednesday. "But it's a hot pile of garbage."
Mitch McConnell has 22 million reasons to drag this out. According to the Congressional Budget Office, that's the number of Americans who will lose their health insurance over the next decade if the bill is signed into law.
"You don't want to strip people of health care until after the holiday that mixes booze and explosives," quipped Colbert.
The "Late Show" host then turned to the president's vaunted deal-making abilities, which appear to have deserted him since he became president.
"Today, the New York Times said Donald Trump faltered in his role as a 'closer,'" Colbert observed. "Trump failed to sway Senate Republicans who didn't support the bill, his top aides didn't lobby for it, and one Republican senator said, 'the president did not have a grasp of some basic elements of the Senate plan.'"
As is his wont, an enraged Trump shot back on Twitter:
Some of the Fake News Media likes to say that I am not totally engaged in healthcare. Wrong, I know the subject well & want victory for U.S.— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1498647539.0
"Oh yes, he totally understands health care—he thinks you can win it," Colbert responded. "At the next Olympics, the U.S. will take gold in the 400m prostate exam."