Bill Maher says that despite all the web glitches and political conflict, women will ensure that Obamacare doesn’t fail.
The HBO host appeared on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Live” on Tuesday explaining that the health rollout’s bumpy start is no indicator of how successful it will be.
“Every program of this size was a headache at first,” Maher said. “So was [George W.] Bush’s Medicare prescription drug program for the old folks. Remember, ‘Hey, free Viagra, have a boner on George Bush — remember me at the polls.’ Social security, Medicare — all these programs have these kind problems when you start with them.”
“But the reason why it’s going to work is women,” he added.
Maher said women, who are “smarter” than men about their health, require annual pelvic exams in order to receive contraception as well as breast exams to screen for cancer.
“Yes, young men do not want to sign up because they think they’re invincible,” he conceded. “Women get it because women are a little more complicated. You know, they want contraception, they want breast exams [and] they’re a little smarter about that, too. They don’t think they’re invincible.”
He said the GOP is distorting the popularity of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
“Even with all the problems, in four polls last week, Obamacare is more popular than ever,” Maher said. “Republicans like to cite this statistic that something like 54 percent of the people are against Obamacare. It’s very, very misleading. That includes the 16 percent of people who think it doesn’t go far enough.”
He said something this important will “of course” be popular.
“It’s a life and death issue, and again, it was there, it was created because people were dying and the country was going broke,” Maher said. “It was going to be a rocky birth, but it’s not going to fail.”