One month after John Oliver created a Trump-targeted ad about the nuclear triad, which ran locally in the Washington D.C. market on all three cable news networks, the comedian has put together another spot aimed at the president, focusing on problems with the GOP’s American Health Care Act.
Oliver made the announcement during Sunday’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, which included a lengthy segment about the American Health Care Act, which House Republicans introduced last week.
On his HBO show, Oliver noted that many of the features that Trump promised would be part of his Obamacare replacement—including “better coverage, lower costs [and] no one losing their health insurance”—are not present in the GOP bill.
Trump—who tagged Fox & Friends in some of his tweets last week— has been less effusive than usual about the bill, which Oliver said will increase healthcare costs for older, poor Americans, “and will cause millions of people to lose coverage. Somebody needs to explain this to him, and since he is clearly still watching Fox & Friends, we might actually be able to help here.”
So the show is going to air another ad featuring its faux “Catheter Cowboy,” who explained the nuclear triad to Trump in the spot that ran last month. This will again be a D.C. local buy during Wednesday’s Fox & Friends.
“Who better to tell Trump what this bill will do than someone who stands to be hurt by it? Someone in his 60s, in rural America, with an unspecified medical problem that requires constant treatment,” said Oliver, before airing the spot.
The ad features the same “professional cowboy” from last month’s spot, who says, “There’s two things I know: I don’t like pain when I ‘cath,’ and healthcare is a complicated business. Everybody knows that. Literally, everybody.”
Later in the spot, the cowboy notes, “If my premiums go up and subsidies go down, I’m going to wind up paying more. That’s basic math there, fella. … If that happens, millions of folks like me might get real angry, which is worth thinking about if you’re the sorta person who really likes being popular. You get that, right? Right? You get that … right?”
The new spot, and Oliver’s explanation of it, can be found starting at the 16:30 mark here:
As with the original ad, a message at the bottom of the spot reads, “Paid for by Partially Important Productions, LLC.”
Oliver’s ads are a send-up of Medical Direct Club’s “Catheter Cowboy” spot, which also runs on cable news and features a “professional cowboy” who talks about using catheters.
The first faux “Catheter Cowboy” spot ran on Feb. 13 during MSNBC’s Morning Joe, CNN’s New Day and Fox News’ Fox & Friends. Here is that original ad, which begins at the 21:11 mark: