The Senate’s health care bill was the subject of Stephen Colbert’s monologue Tuesday night, complete with a comparison to HBO’s brutal sci-fi drama, “Westworld.”
“The bill was a total mystery,” the late night host said. “It’s like ‘Westworld.’ No one knows exactly what’s going on, but it’s probably gonna be a bad thing for women.”
The HBO show is a layered mystery about robots and their creators — and a lawless virtual land where wealthy users are allowed to shoot-and-“kill” human-like androids and commit other acts that would otherwise land them in jail in the real world.
“It’s hard to describe what our elected leaders have been doing for the last 24 hours,” Colbert said. “It’s like describing a new color that you’ve never seen before and this color is made of all the other colors dying, like if a rainbow got gangrene.”
He added that the Senate and “‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ villain halfway through his face melting” Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, “raised the bar on lowering the bar” by having the vote be on an unknown bill — since they failed three times when the bill was known.
He then played clips of several members of the Senate, including Susan Collins (R-ME) and Rand Paul (R-KY), who were describing the absurdity of voting on an unknown.
“It could be something bad and good at the same time,” Colbert went on. “It’s a black box we can’t see in.”
“They now have 20 hours to fine-tune a bill they did not write for the past seven years,” Colbert finished. “It should be fine. They know the big stuff, like it will be printed on paper–and that’s it.”
Watch the full clip above.