Stephen Colbert tore into Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) Tuesday night for his response to the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) report that 24 million people would lose their health insurance coverage under the Republicans’ new health care bill.
Ryan was pleased with the report, telling Fox News’ Bret Baier, “If you read this entire report, I’m pretty encouraged by it, and it actually exceeded my expectations.”
Colbert used his platform on “The Late Show” to call out Ryan for his “exceeded my expectations” comment.
“You sound like the most optimistic guy in the Donner Party,” Colbert said, in an apparent reference to the pioneers who turned to cannibalism in the 19th century. “‘Oh, everything is great, I expected to eat my grandma miles ago, now excuse me I’ve got to go salt my cousin.’”
The American Health Care Act (AHCA) has been roundly criticized by liberals and conservatives alike. Conservatives have called it “Obamacare Lite,” while liberals, like Bernie Sanders, have said that the loss of coverage will result in “thousands” of deaths.