Last night John Oliver ripped into Republican leaders who oppose expanding Medicaid coverage in their home states. Raw Story recaps:
According to Oliver, 20 Republican-led states opted out of accepting what is essentially free money from the federal government in order to provide needed health care for residents who can’t afford health insurance. One state that has had overwhelming success in getting the poor insured under Medicaid is Kentucky — but that could end after tomorrow’s election. Under Obamacare, “Kentucky has seen the nation’s steepest drop in uninsured residents,” Oliver explained. “Only an idiot would try to undo that — which brings me to gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin.” Oliver then shared one clip of the Tea Party-backed Bevin denying he wants to kick people off of Medicare, before sharing a separate clip of the candidate emphatically saying just that. As Oliver explained, Bevin himself once ran to the government for money when a bell factory he owns in Connecticut burned to the ground. What is maddening about his actions, Oliver noted, is that the “staunch free market” Bevin needed government support because he — like poor residents of his state — couldn’t afford the insurance on the bell factory’s buildings.