Senate Republicans are working on a secret draft of the House’s Obamacare replacement behind closed doors and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he may push the bill to a vote without even letting Democrats read it.
On Thursday’s Daily Show, Trevor Noah tried to dig into what we know so far about what could be in the bill. The answer is, not much. But we do know that Trump has now come out against the House’s version of the bill, calling it “mean” now that it’s clear how many Americans it would affect.
“Damn, the bill went from ‘unbelievable’ to a ‘mean’ ‘son of a bitch’ — or in Trump terms, it went from an Ivanka to an Eric.” Noah remarked. “Wow. And I don’t say this often, but Trump is right: The House bill is mean.”
“Republican senators are so ashamed of the healthcare bill they’re working on, they’re actually putting it inside a porn magazine so no one will know what they’re reading,” Trevor joked.
McConnell says he is just trying to quickly move the bill to a vote. “Shouldn’t it be about doing it right, not doing it fast?” Noah asked. “I mean, you would think of all people, Mitch McConnell would know about ‘The Tortoise and the Hare’ — his cousin won that race.”
“The truth is, ObamaCare isn’t perfect,” Noah said. “But at least when Senate Democrats passed their initial bill in 2009 they worked on it for 11 months, and they held more than a dozen open hearings. But even with all of that, the Republicans still complained that with something so big as reforming the American healthcare system, the Democrats were moving too fast and being too secret. And you’ll never guess which Republican complained the most.” Answer: Mitch McConnell.