Talk show host Stephen Colbert commented on CBS's "Late Show" that amid the current political climate, where President Donald Trump has contended with leaked information from sensitive policy issues to common gossip on a near-daily basis, it was curious how no one had come forward with leaks about the GOP healthcare bill currently under negotiation in the Senate, The Hill reported Saturday.
"What's in it?" Colbert asked. "Who knows? All we know so far is their foolproof plan for getting it passed — keeping their healthcare bill secret."
"Yes, yes," Colbert added. "Somehow, your health insurance is the one piece of classified information that no one has leaked yet."
News reports of late abound with reports concerning the secrecy surrounding the group of senators working behind closed doors to craft healthcare legislation following the House passage of the American Health Care Act. Republicans and Democrats alike have voiced unease with the secrecy behind what the bill will contain when it comes before the entire Senate body.
"I think it's being written, uh, by someone somewhere but I'm not aware of who or where," Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., told NBC News Thursday. "If you get a copy of it, will you send me a copy?"
"They're ashamed of the bill," said Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer, The New York Times reported on Thursday. "If they liked the bill, they'd have brass bands marching down the middle of small-town America saying what a great bill it is. But, they know it isn't."
Colbert compared the secrecy to the "Game of Thrones," an HBO show known for keeping future episodes under wraps.
"The Senate healthcare bill is so very secret, it's like, it's like the healthcare bill is the next season of 'Game of Thrones,'" he joked. "And yet, somehow, more people will die."
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