Republicans Can’t Defend Their Cruel Graham-Cassidy Health Care Bill: A Closer Look
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Republicans Can’t Defend Their Cruel Graham-Cassidy Health Care Bill: A Closer Look

-Republicans are once again
making a mad dash to rush through a bill
that would repeal Obamacare and drastically overhaul
health care in this country. And once again,
very few Republicans can actually defend their bill
or explain what it does. For more on this,
it’s time for “A Closer Look.” ♪♪ [ Cheers and applause ] -There’s nothing
Donald Trump is better at than making big, empty promises even though he has no idea
how to achieve them. The latest example of this
strategy came yesterday when Trump met with Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas at the United Nations and said he’d like to achieve
Middle East peace. Although he seemed to have
no real clue how to do it, as you can tell
from his nonchalant tone. -Israel is working very hard
toward the same goal. And I must tell you, Saudi Arabia and many
of the different nations are working also hard. So, we’ll see
if we can put it together. Who knows?
Stranger things have happened. [ Laughter ] -He talks
about Middle East peace the way people talk
about getting back together with their ex. Hey, stranger things
have happened, right? But he’s right. Not only have
stranger things happened, stranger things
are constantly happening. I think we might all be trapped in an episode
of “Stranger Things.” We’re a week away
from Trump saying [As Trump] we’re gonna pass
health care, achieve Middle East peace, and bring Barb back
from the Upside Down. We can get it done. [ Cheers and applause ] [ Normal voice ] Even when
it comes to basic details, Trump is, of course,
often confused. Just take his address yesterday at a luncheon
with African leaders where he tried to praise
several African countries for their efforts
on health care, but seemed to make up a country
on the spot. -In Guinea and Nigeria, you fought a horrifying
Ebola outbreak. Nambia’s health system
is increasingly self-sufficient. -Of course, the problem is Nambia is not a country
that actually exists. I’m pretty sure Trump pulled
that right out of his Djibouti. Trump is single handedly keeping Google’s “did you mean” feature
in business. [ Laughter ] That’s right.
Trump thinks there’s a country called Nambia, which, of course,
is right next to Nigeristan and Kenya-Believe-This-
[Bleep ]-Guy. [ Laughter ] [ Cheers and applause ] Now, the “who knows” approach
is basically the same approach Trump has used on health care. During the campaign,
he claimed repeatedly that he would provide
great health care at a much lower cost
that would cover everybody and that it would be very easy
to pass. Well, shockingly,
it turns out Trump had no idea how to accomplish any of that. In fact, during a recent meeting where a bipartisan group
of lawmakers tried to pitch him
on a compromise bill to shore up Obamacare, all Trump cared about
was the name. According toPolitico…A Democratic lawmaker
responded… Hell, you can call it Nambia! [ Laughter ] No one else is using it. Now… [ Applause ] Democrats and Republicans
actually were getting close to a bipartisan solution
that would have fixed some of the problems
with Obamacare while keeping the bill
largely in place. But GOP leaders decided
to blow all of that up in favor of yet again another
last-ditch effort to repeal and replace Obamacare. -A health care hail Mary — The president
pushing Republicans to not let
this Obamacare repeal fail. -This is
the Graham-Cassidy bill. This, really, for all intents
and purposes, is the final hail Mary here for Republicans
on health care. -Republicans pushing ahead
with a hail Mary plan. -This hail Mary option. -They’re referring to it
as a hail Mary, essentially. -There is the last-ditch,
furious hail Mary effort. -Of course,
if this thing passes, a hail Mary might be the only
health care option some people can afford. Hail Mary, full of grace, does this mole
look weird to you? But that’s right. They’re throwing
another hail Mary. Except Republicans
aren’t exactly Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers. They’re more like Jay Cutler. -He’s gonna launch it. And that was way out of bounds.
Incomplete. [ Laughter ] -Now, the main sponsors
of this new bill are Senators Bill Cassidy
and Lindsey Graham. And they are trying
to rush it through for a vote as early as next week. Now, as you may recall, Republicans complained
repeatedly about the process Democrats used to pass Obamacare
in 2009 and 2010 even though it was
a far more open process than they’re using now. But they didn’t just complain
about the process. They even complained about
the length of the bill itself. In fact, back in 2009,
Senator Mitch McConnell thought the page length of the Obamacare
bill was so damning that during one floor speech, he kept repeating it
over and over. -We have now had less than
48 hours to look through
this 2,074-page bill. This massive, 2,074-page bill. Buried in this 2,074-page bill. This monstrous, 2,074-page bill. On what is buried
in this 2,074-page bill. In this 2,074-page bill. Were we to pass
this 2,074-page bill. This 2,074-page bill. What else do we know
about this 2,074-page bill? -Well, there’s one thing
we definitely know. [ Laughter ] But here’s the thing.
It’s supposed to be long. This isn’t book club. You’re reorganizing one-sixth
of the American economy. Details are good. Just take
Obamacare’s protections for people with preexisting
conditions as an example. Obamacare had lots of very
specific legal definitions for what kinds of coverage people with preexisting
conditions should get. By comparison, the new GOP bill
has none of those details. And I don’t know if you’ve met the guy who will be signing
this bill, but I’m not sure we should go
by his definition of affordable. [ Light laughter ] So the bill takes money away from vulnerable people
on Medicaid and strips away protections for people
with preexisting conditions. Now, you might think,
“How could any senator vote for such a monstrous bill?” Well, the answer is, they either
don’t know or don’t care. The website Vox interviewed
GOP senators and asked them basic questions
about the bill, and their answers were baffling. Take, for example, this exchange with Kansas Senator Pat Roberts. [ Laughter ] I love how he realized
halfway through that his analogy made no sense and he just hoped the reporter
had never seen the movie. “You see, it’s kind of like
‘Forrest Gump.’ You probably haven’t seen
that movie.” “No, I’ve seen it.” “Oh. Uh… it’s like ‘Minions.'” [ Laughter ] And on top of everything else
this bill would do, it would also… Now, those cuts may seem savage
and cruel, but to be fair, Republicans have always preached
fiscal responsibility and the importance
of saving money. And I’m sure
this next series of clips about Trump’s Health Secretary,
Tom Price, won’t prove that
they’re all full of [bleep] -Health and Human Services
Secretary Tom price is taking a little bit of heat
after Politico found he took five
private flights last week for events in Maine,
New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania. The cost?
Tens of thousands of dollars. -That included a flight from Washington, D.C.,
to Philadelphia and back on a 30-seat private charter at a cost of — and this
is really astounding — $25,000. -$25,000. Do you know how short a flight
is from D.C. to Philadelphia? If you tried to watch “Thelma & Louise”
on that flight, you wouldn’t meet Louise! Susan Sarandon is in it?
Not the part I saw. [ Laughter ] So, Tom Price thinks
Medicaid patients should lose their health care,
but has no problem spending tens of thousands
of dollars on private jets. And he’s not the only one. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin
also came under fire after he… And before that… And when he was asked about that
taxpayer-funded eclipse trip, he tried to claim that he didn’t
actually care about the eclipse because he’s from New York. -When I got there, the staff
had actually intended that we watch the eclipse
on the roof of Ft. Knox. And, you know,
people in Kentucky took this stuff very seriously. Being a New Yorker
in California, I was like, the eclipse — We got there, I was like,
“Really, I don’t have any interest in watching
the eclipse.” -You think New Yorkers
don’t care about the eclipse? I can show you one New Yorker who wanted to see the eclipse
so badly, he almost burned his retinas. [ Laughter ] [ As Trump ]
No, I don’t want the glasses. I want to see the whole thing.
No glasses. [ Laughter ] [ Normal voice ] So these guys
think millions of people should have their health care
ripped away from them while they spend thousands on private jets
and eclipse trips they don’t even care about. And now the question is, can they get the votes
to pass this bill? Republicans are pulling out
all the stops, even forming unlikely alliances. Lindsey Graham, for example,
said he’s even been in contact with his one-time nemesis, Trump’s former chief strategist,
Steve Bannon and that Bannon
has been helping him push the new repeal bill. Graham said of Bannon… Hey, Lindsay, when you’re trying
to get a bill passed, you’re not supposed to admit that the people
you’re working with are evil. [ As Graham ] Let’s just say,
Cruella de Vil and I have been working on something
that I believe will be good for all Dalmatians. [ Laughter ] [ Normal voice ] But there
is still some holdouts. Kentucky Senator Rand Paul
remains opposed to the bill because he thinks it doesn’t
actually go far enough in repealing Obamacare. So, to win over votes,
Trump has been tweeting. Yesterday, he claimed… And before that, he tweeted… So, Trump managed to claim
three falsehoods in there. Bill covers
preexisting conditions. It doesn’t. Graham-Cassidy Bill is great.
It’s not. And Rand Paul
is a friend of mine. He is? -His visceral response to attack people
on their appearance — short, tall, fat, ugly. My goodness.
That happened in junior high. Are we not way above that? Would we not all be worried to have someone like that in
charge of the nuclear arsenal? -Mr. Trump. -I never attacked him
on his look. And believe me, there’s plenty
of subject matter right there. [ Laughter ]
That I can tell you. -Plenty of subject matter
right there. Trump knows more
about Rand Paul’s appearance than he knows about
his own health care bill. In fact, his Rand Paul burn book
is 2,074 pages. [ Laughter and applause ] So Republicans are racing to jam through
a health care bill that would destroy Medicaid
and strip coverage for millions of people, including those
with preexisting conditions. Could Republicans really
be shameless enough to pass this monstrous bill? -Who knows?
Stranger things have happened. -This has been “A Closer Look.” [ Cheers and applause ] ♪♪

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100 thoughts on “Republicans Can’t Defend Their Cruel Graham-Cassidy Health Care Bill: A Closer Look

  1. Americans are continuously persuaded to vote against their own interests in the twisted name of freedom. Corporations and republicans have taken freedom ideology and used it against the American people.

  2. Well I finally get it why trump invented fake news before getting elected. (If this is fake news, I love it because it's also the TRUTH) I'm thinking that He Trump, already knew he was funny and needed away to deflect how stupid he already knew he was. After all, he had a faked show himself! But here's the good part- he brought out all the other scumbags false Americans known as white supremacist – so that we could see them also. Everything happens for a purpose and this timing could not have been better with the hurricane wake up calls. Donald Trump is the worst Hurricane the modern day has ever seen and it is not Fake!

  3. The country just better not forget all this when it comes to the elections 2020.

    I expect loyal Fox News viewers stuck on the networks kool-aid to not have learned a thing but hopefully they will be in the minority.

  4. Spewing up some more liberal propaganda I see. It's a damn shame that late night comedians have to appeal to liberal Hollywood for support and brainwash the millennials with their liberal propaganda.

  5. YOU know what?? This  really is PATHETIC!!  GOP-hers in Congress are Dummies! Trump is an Idiot! How can a ROOM full of White Men who are always looking for ways to take from the POOR, who are in CONTROL of ALL 3 Houses, BUT are still UNABLE and too INEPT to figure out how HEALTH CARE works!? Hey I have an IDEA why don't you put your Prejudices and pride aside , give Credit where it is due and CALL that INTELLIGENT BLACK MAN who got the Healthcare Bill 4 everyone  without THE GOP-hers help at all, say his name say his NAME>>>OBAMA and he will INSTRUCT you FOOLS to help the DEMS IMPROVE it not Repeal it! If you don't know how to get to Step2 after almost 8 years, throw your hands in the air and WAVE them like you just don 't care!! LET IT GO! Obamacare is working!!!

  6. Full repeal. mandated pay for a hospital bill you don't have is unconstitutional. That's why it was pushed through as a tax. It can not stand; must repeal.

  7. I think Rand Paul is playing what some would consider smart politics, but ethical people would call deception. I think he actually realizes that the repeal and replace bills are extremely bad for the American public, so he is against the bill for the same reason that Democrats are. But he doesn't want to alienate corporate benefactors or his gullible, ill-informed Republican voting base. So his position is that the bill "doesn't go far enough". This way he can vote against it while still looking like a hero to right-wingers, corporate interests, and the super-rich.

  8. The DUMP doesn't care about America's health care, doesn't care about his supporters, or their healthcare. All he wants to do is have at least ONE win. Just One Win! He is begging for OnE Win! What a pathetic loser he is.

  9. I find this amazing…He has killed more people in Syria than any president known. He is causing great concern with his big mouth on N Korea! So much more…He's is only interested in hid OWN pocket!

  10. remember when GOP republicans were constantly complaining about how rushed the democrats aca bill was and that no one had any idea what was inside it and how secretive they were in making it?
    yeah me neither it felt like years ago at this point

  11. I never thought I'd see the day I could honestly say that I am smarter then the president of the United States of America. Seriously; never htought it would happen.

  12. It was GAMBIA! You idiots. GAMBIA. It's a small country kinda in the middle of sinegal. Seth Meyers mustn't have heard about it. Fool. But. Meh. I guess it's just a joke. hahaha. Jokes still on you though.

  13. how about them 48 hours, huh? oh, tat donn matter none, silly, just pages man. 2076 pages of bill, read fast or just assume, right?

  14. I'd like to see ALL senators and representatives discuss fiscal responsibility and saving money concerning the military industrial complex.

  15. Pertaining to medical coverage. Here's the deal the best cure for any illness is prevention. The best way to prevent people from becoming sick or ill. Is with clean air something like medical grade water organic high nutritional value food. its Kind of hard to give people that kind of hope. When Donald trumps plan.Is to stay on the top buy keep in the bottom overwork underpaid and out of shape. You must understand Donald Trump has such a low character being physically and mentally submissive. His plan to fill that void of weakness!! Is by keeping the bottom misinformed sick weak desperate hungry and poor. With dirty low-paying jobs that come from outdated power sources inferior materials toxic substances pesticides that never changed their killing composition. These dirty low-paying jobs, have been scientifically classified as petrified death better known, as coal oil gas sand oil and the chemical industry. Those types of jobs diminish the quality of life, by poisoning polluting corrupting damaging! Our health air water food and landscapes. Again the best cure for any illness is prevention. Since we are not getting that. The next best thing would be a medical plan. That specializes in curing illnesses. Instead of just treating the symptoms. The only medical plan that will establish that level of quality of care. Is with universal healthcare. Bill Clinton went for universal healthcare. When he was president during a time. When America had the finances resources manpower! To get it accomplished. He was denied the funds for universal healthcare. By one of those stooge submissive suck ups"Donald Trump has elected to his cabinet. That's not a surprise to me. Birds of a feather flock together and Donald Trump's case like flightless birds

  16. The last year or so has been so fucking weird. These days I keep a little steel spinning wheel in my pocket and take it out every few days just to check that I'm not dreaming.

  17. Everyone that passes that for the rich bill better sleep with one eye open millions without health care while the rich continue too play their rigged game

  18. How about instead of trying to get rid of a working healthcare system trump should do something that actually matters and stop North Korea from starting ww3

  19. That bit about "one New Yorker who wanted to see the eclipse so badly, he nearly burned his retinas!" I almost choked on my coffee; I was unprepared.

  20. The real loser is the sap who makes $100K/year and pays $15,375/year for a Bronze plan for a family of 4 and doesn't use up his $10,000 deductible. That $15,375 is gone. Poof. He's paying for the guy who makes $50K/year and pays nothing. In 5 years this loser will have paid over $75K FOR NOTHING! You loser! I love it. So does Obama who became a multi-millionaire (in the 10's of millions). Imagine Obama accrued all that money working only 8 years as president and, what, 4 years as senator?
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  21. I can tell you right now, people in Kentucky didn't care about the eclipse anymore than anybody else did! Just the right amount.

  22. How I loath Mitch McConnell AND Paul Ryan, the leaders of a particularly heartless and partisan congress. To bad they've not both been out of a job for 2074 days. And Mnuchin? He should be in prison!

  23. Given that he seems to think it describes the job he's been doing as president so far, I'm not sure we can trust Trump's definition of "adequate" either.


    Didn't know that?  To verify, follow the MONEY (instead of laughably-misleading rhetoric).

    And sadly, if tragic and ironic, follow the dramatic LOSS OF COMPETITION within and across American industry since 2000 alone.
    …(e.g. in airlines from 14 to 4……the trend is demonstrably there, you choose your own Oligopoly).  

    A few heroes aside, except for needed masquerading, Small Business and the actual middle class is virtually Dead in today's 2017 GOP.

  25. The Republicans’ health care plan for America: "Don’t get sick." That’s right — don’t get sick. If you have insurance, don’t get sick; if you don’t have insurance, don’t get sick; if you’re sick, don’t get sick — just don’t get sick! If you get sick in America, die quickly. That’s right. The Republicans want you to die quickly if you get sick.
    -Alan Grayson, 2009

  26. What?? I just scrolled down in the comments and I haven’t seen any Pro Trump comments! This is a great sign for America. I believe the ugly stupidity of our president is finally showing itself to even his most devoted minions

  27. Well yeah, there's a Nambia…right next to Pambia. I heard some kids talking about it in the Romper Room!

    Trump, you FUCKING IDIOT! From now on, just pretend you have lost your voice. Everyone will thank you.

  28. Private healthcare doesn't cover the poor, but it also undercovers the middle class. Almost everyone who survives a heart attack goes to the hospital. Some can afford it, some have great insurance, and some have medicare. For the rest, many are bankrupted because their insurance is inadequate. Others don't have insurance, and the providers make the money up on those who do, a tax that hits the middle class harder than the rich. But the providers do get their money, making US healthcare more expensive than almost anywhere else in the world, for mediocre results.
    Middle class 'conservatives' think their rates would go up with national care. The opposite is the fact. The system would care for the same number of people, but not single out the insured to be the only ones who paid. The 1% could pay a little, even. The profits of insurance companies, about 25% depending which stats you like, would be saved. England administrates their system with 5%. The cost of squeezing turnips would be saved. Huge drug company profits, often on products developed with publicly funded research, would be controlled.
    Anyone who believes in getting his money's worth should think this through for himself. Being conservative doesn't mean you have to be foolish with money, or not see the value in something because you won't look.

  29. trump was down right disrespectful to Rand Paul and John McCain during the presidential primary. and now, it is payback time. Paul and McCain helped stopped his healthcare bills.

  30. This show is such crap. It doesn’t matter what republicans do, Seth will spin it to make them seem like Nazis, and his brain dead audience will eat it right up.

  31. Was he just said "Stranger things have happened"? What kind of sentence is that? It's not even fitting to what they're talking about? See America, now you can already clearly see what kind of President you had voted for! He should go back to school first before he wants to run as POTUS! This is really the first time in US history that a President who was elected couldn't even form a meaningful simple sentence to prove his point of view.What a shame!

  32. Actually the Thelma and Louise analogy made perfect sense Seth.Congressional Republicans are in a bad spot due to their horrible actions (Like Thelma and Louise) and instead of stopping and doing the right thing they keep on going (Like Themlma and Louise) and now they feel like they have no option but to try and pass another shitty bill (aka get into a new car). But of course they are wrong and it will end badly for them. (Like thelma and Louise.)

  33. "Stranger things have happened."
    No they haven't. Nothing in the history of everything has been stranger than Donald Trump solving peace in the Middle East.

  34. So this means that Your President who you who voted for him will be screwed too because of his prejudices against President Barrack Obama. Forget that you have a preexisting condition and you need Obama Care. Let me ask you, did you stop using your insurance and paid out of pocket because it bore His name. Trump Care? What he couldn't come up with his own logo? Prejudice Is Whack!

  35. When talk about Nambia he is running his fingers through the words, I'd add (mildly illiterate) learning disability to the list of his incompetencies.

  36. Dear America, do you think we could please have ex President Obama now that you don't need him any more? I think he could help us rescue the NHS from the hands of unscrupulous right wingers who are trying to privatise it in stealthy dribs and drabs. He also seems immeasurably more pleasant and approachable than any of our government. He would have to work with Jeremy Corbyn who is definitely a man of the people.

  37. Presumably the "Darth Vader" comment was a reference to Bannon's article where he claimed darkness is good, and cited Darth Vader as an example. Despite that making no sense as a metaphor.

  38. Democrats want to only focus on the corporate tax cut however middle hard working class will also see a bigger weekly paycheck and then want to remind us middle class that the middle class tax cut for you will only be temporary because when they get back in office, SCREW that we (dems) will be taking it away because that part isn’t permanent. Hey $50 extra in my weekly pay as a family of 4 is HUGE you duschbag!!!!!

  39. I am still trying to figure out if mitch mcconnell is a real person or someones amputated foreskin stretched over a pointy rock.

  40. I love re-watching these older clips to remind myself of ALL the sh*t this president and his reprehensible republicans have done in the past that are now so overshadowed by the current BS that we've basically forgotten them !!! Now THIS one in particular infuriates me because the whining about the amount of pages given with the short time frame for readng it is EXACTLY what THEY did to the Democrats AND the population during the beer lovin' rapist Cavanagh's supreme court election questioning!!!

  41. Anyone else watch "A Closer Look" videos super late at night when they should be asleep? I binge watch these clips every night 😂😂

  42. I keep forgetting, how many pages is this bill? And how many pages of the Mueller report did Bill actually read?

  43. Insurance is the problem with our healthcare system. Insurance is the reason why they charge $100+ for an IV that costs less than $1 to make.

    We need to drop insurance entirely, switch to free healthcare, then watch as the government suddenly manages to get the price of that IV dropped to $1.50

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