Late-Night Lately: Colbert Defends Trump Jokes, Kimmel's Emotional Story, Mocking Trumpcare

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President Trump celebrated after the House of Representatives voted on a health care bill designed to repeal and replace Obamacare on Thursday, but late-night hosts weren’t so overjoyed.

Seth Meyers, Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah and Jimmy Fallon spoke about the new health care bill on their shows that night, largely panning the bill and those it left behind.

Late Night‘s Meyers skewered the plan in a “Closer Look” segment. “To get the bill passed today, Republicans added new things that made it even worse,” Meyers joked about the new version of the bill, which allows states to opt out of Obamacare’s ban on refusing to cover pre-existing conditions. “They basically took an oatmeal-raisin cookie and added cilantro.”

The Late Show‘s Colbert faux-celebrated the “victory” of the bill. “So they did it. Obamacare is now officially dead … is something they can say once the bill goes to the Senate, then gets out of committee, is debated on the floor where amendments can be added …” and so forth.

“That’s why Republicans were chanting, ‘We’re number one … third of the way through a very complex process,” Colbert added during his monologue.

The Daily Show‘s Noah argued that, while several people are upset with the proposed health care bill, “one group that should be more pissed off than any other is Trump voters,” because he went back on his campaign promises about the bill.

Showing footage of Trump’s statements last year, in which the now-president said the plan “will be unbelievable,” Noah agreed. “Donald Trump is right. What happened today is f—ing unbelievable.”

The Tonight Show’s Fallon also had joked about not reading the bill, along with some more helpful sports analogies. “Today, the House voted to pass the Republican healthcare bill before taking an 11-day recess. They say they’ll use the break to kick back, relax and finally read the bill they just voted for,” Fallon joked. 

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