On Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, John Oliver explained the problems plaguing the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The GOP has been against Obamacare since the beginning, and now that they have a chance to get rid of it, they are finding it harder than expected.
“All week long,” Oliver explained, “Republicans have been dealing with an unexpected problem: constituents at town halls furious that ObamaCare might be taken away.”
“So tonight, let’s look at ObamaCare: what it does, what needs fixing, and how Republicans plan to replace it,” Oliver said. The first thing he had to explain was “just how bad things were before it was passed.” Obamacare fixed such problems as the lack of coverage for pre-existing conditions, but “ObamaCare is not perfect. It had and has serious flaws,” Oliver said. However, it gave coverage to millions who didn’t have it before and now the GOP is having a hard time replacing it.
“Republicans are in a real bind here,” Oliver said. “They need a plan, and soon. And what [HHS Secretary Tom] Price and [Speaker Paul] Ryan have given them so far seems to shift costs from the government to the people, and from the healthy to the sick, and fewer people are going to be covered.”