Late-night hosts had a field day with House Republicans' vote to replace ObamaCare Thursday, with Seth Meyers, Stephen Colbert, and Trevor Noah in particular devoting time to it. Here's a sampling of their jokes via the Hollywood Reporter, the Washington Post, and the New York Times:
- Seth Meyers: "House Republicans today voted on and passed an ObamaCare replacement bill without knowing how much it would cost. Though I'm not surprised—they also voted on an Obama replacement without knowing the cost." (See his clip here.)
- Meyers: "ObamaCare was paid for largely with a tax increase on the richest Americans. The new bill would cut taxes for the wealthy up to $883 billion. Now, listen, if hearing that raises your blood pressure, calm down. You can't afford the medication anymore."
- Stephen Colbert noted a quote from White House chief of staff Reince Priebus that said, "The president stepped up and helped punt the ball into the end zone." Said Colbert: "Yes, a punt into the end zone. Accurate because it gets you zero points and gives your opponent good field position." (See his clip here.)
- Colbert: "This new bill allows states to waive the benefit rules and set up their own standards. You know, because people get sick differently in different states. In California you could be suffering from 'hella foot pain, brah.' Whereas in Massachusetts, it's 'wicked bad gout in yer Red Sox.'"
- Trevor Noah: "Republicans passed this bill without an official scoring of its costs from the Congressional Budget Office, so the true effects of the bill could be anything. Your baby could have to do its own C-section from the inside. You don't know." (See his clip here.)
- Noah: "Right now, ObamaCare doesn't let insurers raise rates for people with preexisting conditions. But with this bill, their rates could go way up. And if people can't afford their higher rates, they get thrown into something called a 'high risk pool,' which sounds less like an insurance plan and more like something you find in Charlie Sheen's backyard."
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