While some Americans tuned into Sunday night’s Oscars — where the best picture Oscar was mistakenly presented to La La Land over Moonlight — Last Week Tonight host John Oliver focused the bulk of his commentary on a controversy of a different kind.
During his weekly deep-dive into current affairs, the HBO personality took aim at Congressional Republicans, who could soon vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, without, according to him, an effective solution — or enough justification to do so in the first place.
“Republicans have happily complained about the flaws in the law, taken no responsibility for fixing them, and, in fact, have often undermined the whole thing,” Oliver said. “But that time is now over. It is their turn to present a plan, and the clock is ticking. Insurance companies are deciding right now whether to even offer Obamacare plans next year, but before you panic, there are ads on TV right now suggesting that Republicans have been working on something pretty special.”
Oliver then runs a clip of a commercial prompting viewers to “imagine” a new health plan, to which the host, referencing the millions of people who could potentially lose health care under a Republican replacement, mockingly responds: “Close your eyes, dream of a better way forward; Now, open your eyes and tell us what you came up with, because we’ve got f—ing nothing.”
After running footage from a CBS interview in which President Donald Trump, who heavily criticized Obamacare on the campaign trail and plans to address Congress with a potential solution in a Tuesday address, seemingly promises Americans will retain “everything” their current plans offer under his new plan, Oliver continues: “So, anything short of [everything] is a disaster, and insurance [companies] are going to need an answer soon, Republicans, so tick-tock, motherf—ers. You don’t get to placeholder your way out of this one again.”
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver airs Sundays at 11:00 p.m. ET on HBO. Watch Oliver’s full discussion of Obamacare above.”