Speed Reads


John Oliver explains why the GOP health-care bill doesn't really cover pre-existing conditions

On Thursday, House Republicans passed their health-care bill by a whisker, after making last-minute changes that left several Republicans who voted for it unsure exactly what they just voted to approve. Even some of those who said they understood all the details were caught flat-footed, John Oliver said on Sunday's Last Week Tonight, reserving a brief, NSFW explainer for Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.). Oliver had explained why he thinks the legislation is so terrible a few weeks ago, but somehow House Republicans "took a bad thing and managed to make it even worse," he said. "It's like watching Mariah Carey's Glitter and going, 'You know what this needs? Jar Jar Binks.'"

House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republicans are insisting that the bill guarantees insurance access to people with pre-existing conditions, despite the last-minute change, but that's ingenuous since any small gap in insurance coverage could easily result in such a customer priced out of the insurance market altogether, Oliver explained. "It's like if your daughter asks, 'Can I have a cookie,' and you say: 'Sure, that will be $1.5 billion, Katie. You have not been denied this cookie, you still have full access to it should you choose to become successful enough to afford it.'" The bill now goes to the Senate, which will make some changes, and then maybe to President Trump, who will sign any bill that claims to repeal ObamaCare, Oliver said. "So it is dangerous to assume this bill will die on its own. Your senators are incredibly important right now." You can watch below, again warned about the NSFW language. Peter Weber