John Oliver Compares Republicans' Obamacare Replacement Options to Thongs
"Close your eyes, dream of a better way forward. Now open your eyes and tell us what you came up with because we've got f—ing nothing," said Oliver of an ad that vaguely discussed a new plan.
John Oliver took a deep dive into the Affordable Care Act on Sunday's Last Week Tonight.
He spoke about the importance of a name, and why many people hate its association with President Obama because of its nickname, Obamacare.
"It matters what people call something," said Oliver. "Would Emma Stone be as popular if her name were Blump Shartcracker? No."
He played a commercial about an Obamacare replacement idea that was nebulously talked about in the ad. Oliver said it's a little worrying that the ad is "literally encouraging you to imagine a better healthcare plan."
"Close your eyes, dream of a better way forward. Now open your eyes and tell us what you came up with because we've got f—ing nothing," said Oliver. "Every time you get near something resembling a Republican plan, it seems to just rescind into the distance."
During Rep. Tom Price's confirmation hearing for Health and Human Services Secretary, he was asked about Trump saying that they are in the final stages of formulating a replacement healthcare plan. He said that it was true Trump said that.
"It's funny because the president lies to us all of the time with no repercussions," said Oliver, fake-laughing.
Oliver continued on to say Republicans are very "unprepared" to come up with a replacement, saying that things like refundable tax credits, health savings accounts, block grants and high-risk pools are not providing adequate coverage for everyone. "A tax credit that small covers your health insurance the way a thong covers your dad's ass," said Oliver.
Watch as he explains the "thong problem" in more detail.