House Speaker Paul Ryan had his office write a disapproving email to Seth Meyers over how the late-night host characterised the Republican healthcare bill, the American Health Care Act. So Meyers decided to answer it point by point on the air.
“Unlike Republicans and their healthcare bill, we actually read the whole email,” Meyers said on Monday’s “Late Night.”
“This is great, because we genuinely appreciate the engagement and would love to have Speaker Ryan on the show,” he continued. “Suffice to say, we don’t agree with the email and we thought it’d be helpful if we took a second to respond to some of their claims point by point.”
The host then discussed a few of his comments that Ryan’s office took issue with, including the assessment that the bill was rushed, that it represents a huge tax break for the wealthy, and its allowance for states to waive protections for preexisting conditions. All of those have been reported in the media, and Meyers refuted the way Ryan’s office saw things.
“The bottom line is this,” Meyers said. “Republicans rushed this bill through for ideological reasons, despite the fact that every analysis showed that it would cut taxes for the wealthy, raise premiums for the older, sicker people, and take millions off insurance. If they really wanted to solve our healthcare problems, they could start by looking for examples from other countries.”
Meyers then showed a clip of President Donald Trump telling Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in a meeting last week
, “You have better health care than we do.”
Australia has universal single-payer health care, a version of which we have in the US in the form of Medicare, which Meyers said, “insures everyone for a fraction of the cost.”
Watch Seth Meyers respond to Paul Ryan’s email below:
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