John Oliver says there's a huge difference between the healthcare bill that President Donald Trump promised Americans and the one that House Speaker Paul Ryan is trying to push through Congress. During the 2016 election, Trump assured voters that the Republican replacement for Obamacare would be cost less, provide better coverage and ensure that no one lost their health insurance. But the bill before Congress right now doesn't do any of those things, according to Oliver.
That's because those sorts of issues would make the bill almost impossible to pass given how Congress works.
"For procedural reasons, this is being presented as a budget bill, which Republicans can pass with a simple Senate majority," Oliver said on the latest episode of Last Week Tonight. "Any non-budget related policy change requires 60 [Senate] votes to beat a filibuster. So that is pretty much a dead end, meaning that this bill is in all likelihood all Trump can get passed to replace Obamacare. So it is fucking important [that] everyone understands what is in it. And the 'something terrific' that he promised - better coverage, lower costs, no one losing their health insurance - well, this bill is not it."
In fact, the new healthcare plan will do the opposite of those things. "The bill Trump is championing will actually increase costs for older and poorer Americans, and will cause millions of people to lose coverage," Oliver added. "Somebody needs to explain this to him."
So Oliver is stepping up the same way he reached out to Trump last month. To educate the president about war crimes, climate change and the nuclear triad, Oliver paid for ads to air on cable news networks that Trump clearly watches based on his tweeting habits. The ads featured a pitchman called the 'Catheter Cowboy,' who offered the president some frank advice about American policy.
Now the Catheter Cowboy rides again in a new ad that will play on Fox & Friends this Wednesday. Here's a sneak peek.