Samantha Bee Critiques Medicaid Cuts in Trumpcare Bill, Mocks Paul Ryan's College Dreams
"While 'Suicide Squad' destroys your will to live, this bill destroys your ability to live."
On this week's Full Frontal, Samantha Bee took a deep dive into how the proposed Republican health care legislation makes devastating cuts to Medicaid, criticizing Paul Ryan and GOP politicians for the draft.
"It turns out, 13 rich white guys alone in a room isn't how good legislation happens," said Bee, after playing footage from the media about how unpopular the Senate version of the bill is.
"It's how Suicide Squad happens. But while Suicide Squad destroys your will to live, this bill destroys your ability to live," added Bee, referencing last summer's poorly received superhero movie from Warner Bros., which like TBS is owned by Time Warner.
"Please don't kill Medicaid. It's only 52 years old," continued the Full Frontal host. "It just joined Curves and is learning to dance like nobody's watching."
Bee then played footage of Paul Ryan saying he's been "dreaming" about sending Medicaid back to the states and capping it's growth rate since he was "drinking at a keg."
"Yes, while most college guys in the '90s were fantasizing about Pamela Anderson," said Bee, "Paul Ryan was jerking it to thoughts of poor people losing health care to pay for tax cuts."
Bee went into detail about how many people use Medicaid and how cuts would affect a wide range of Americans, including children and the elderly. She then called out Republicans who insist the bill isn't cutting Medicaid by $772 billion, the bill would just amount to a "reduction in the growth."
Bee played a clip of Kellyanne Conway defending the bill, turning the footage into black-and-white as a reminder to viewers who saw Bee's segment on how words have no meaning in the Trump administration.
"OK, they're not cuts, the plan just won't let Medicaid grow to keep up with medical costs and 70 million aging baby boomers who never lost their taste for pharmaceuticals," said Bee. "Basically it's like telling your kid, 'We were planning on buying you new clothes as you got older, but instead we'll just have you wear the same onesie until you're 53.'"