Bill Maher jokes that President Obama didn't "lie" about his promise that people wouldn't lose their health plan if they like it, but that he "evolved."
Maher also noted the amount of people who get government healthcare and, perhaps unintentionally, pointed out that "regular people" get discriminated against.
"When you think about all the people who actually get government health care. Not just older people, but poor people, soldiers, disabled people. It's kind of just the regular, in-between people who are discriminated against. They can almost file a lawsuit," Maher said on Friday's broadcast of HBO's Real Time.
BILL MAHER: Let's talk about Obamacare because that's the big story in the news. Now, I saw [Obama] apologize -- or at least the Republicans say it was a half-apology -- but, I've heard you say, when you were in Congress you were always going for Medicare for all.
And I'm wondering if we had Medicare for all, we wouldn't be going through all these problems.
ANTHONY WEINER: Well, to some degree the left and the right that the sentence, everyone should keep what they had, was a smart thing to say, because, frankly, no, I don't know what the insurance companies are doing in this transaction to begin with. What any insurance companies are.
Look, we take our money, we give it to doctors, who give it to nurses and hospitals. And somewhere along the way the insurance company comes along and takes 25 or 30% of it. And now we're like so outraged that they're going to get a little bit less or that we're not going to be able to keep that same insurance policy. You shouldn't keep it if it's a crummy policy.
Frankly, we don't need these insurance companies to do much of anything. And so, here's what is going to eventually happen. My Republican friends are going to say, 'Oh, this is outrageous that you can't keep it. We are going to try to figure out a way to construct something that people are going to like. And what they're going to realize is that if you ask people who are 59 in this country, or 60 in this country, whether they are eagerly looking forward to getting Medicare. And they are going to say yes.
And the mistake that we might have made here and I still think it was a mistake -- everyone know what Medicare is. One year we make it for people who are 63, then we put it down to 53, then 43, and before you know the entire country is covered by Medicare. We save a bunch a money. We take the money we were going to give to insurance companies and instead we put it into healthcare and we lower the rates. Boom, you've got your problem solved right there.
BILL MAHER: When you think about all the people who actually get government health care. Not just older people, but poor people, soldiers, disabled people. It's kind of just the regular, in-between people who are discriminated against. They can almost file a lawsuit.
ANTHONY WEINER: Right. There's also something kind of humorous about this idea, 'well, the president I was going to keep my plan.' Well, no. Theoretically, if you become a felon, you don't keep your plan. Or if your company goes out of business because they can't afford health care anymore, you can't keep your plan. I mean, people are getting a little bit literal about this statement. And I'm not sure what benefit it has -- did he apologize enough? Should he apologize a little bit more?
The fact of the matter is, it takes a great man to build a barn but any jackass can kick it down. And what we have now is this process, that the Republicans are lining up with no alternative of their own about how they plan to bring down costs and how they plan to provide health care -- not health insurance, but health care -- to all Americans.
MAHER: Well, I think he didn't -- yeah. He didn't lie, he evolved on honesty. I think that's what happened.