The Republicans have unveiled their new health care bill, called the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which has been dubbed by many as “Obamacare Lite.” Liberals and conservatives alike have condemned the bill, albeit for different reasons.
On “Last Week Tonight,” John Oliver called the plan “the legislative equivalent of ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5.’” He also said the bill was, “much like the life behind Melania Trump’s eyes,” dead by the time it reached Washington.
Oliver pointed to the AHCA tax cuts, which he asserts will essentially take from the “poor” and give to the “rich,” calling them a “Reverse Bernie Sanders.” He also shared that one group that is going to be largely hurt by the bill is those that voted for Trump by large margins, saying it was like if the people of Pompeii had “voted for the volcano.”
The AHCA is largely disliked by many in Washington and around the country. Conservatives think that it’s simply another version of Obamacare, and liberals think that it will hurt many of the people that Obamacare was designed to help.
“The bill is universally hated in Washington,” Oliver said. “It is truly the Ted Cruz of health care legislation.”
In a tweet sent out from his show’s Twitter account, Oliver pointed to the Kaiser Family Foundation website, which gives a breakdown on how the new health care bill would affect a person’s subsidy.
If you're interested in seeing what tax credits might look like under the AHCA, check out the interactive map here: https://t.co/5qBfwKCDRZ
— Last Week Tonight (@LastWeekTonight) March 13, 2017
The calculator provided on the site shows how the bill would affect subsidies based on age, location and income. Take for example Wyandot County, Ohio, where a 40-year-old man making $20,000 a year would have his subsidy fall from $4,550 to $3,000 — a drop of 34 percent. In the same county, a 40-year-old man making $75,000 a year would see his subsidy increase from $0 to $3,000. Depending on their state and county of residence, an individual making $20,000 a year could see their subsidy rise slightly or fall; however, as the map indicates, most would see their subsidies fall. A person making $75,000, on the other hand, would almost universally see their subsidy increase.
To make sure President Trump understands the true impact of the health care bill, Oliver is taking out an ad on Fox News. The ad will air Wednesday morning during “Fox & Friends.”