“Saturday Night Live” took a rare break from attacking President Donald Trump this weekend to poke fun at top Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
While the sketch mocked many aspects of the senator — including her speaking style and her desire to be a “cool mom” — the part that stuck out the most to viewers was when the show mocked Warren’s wholly unrealistic, utopian health care ideas.
Watch the full sketch below:
Last week the senator admitted that her Medicare-for-All proposal would cost $52 trillion (not to mention two million jobs) over the course of 10 years. But when asked to specify how she’d pay for this, she just rambled on and on without providing any specifics.
The senator did claim though that she’d pay for the $52 trillion without raising taxes on working class Americans — though experts with the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget have said that this would be impossible to accomplish:
How you finance #MedicareForAll matters A LOT.
For example, many option could lift marginal rates to or above revenue-maximizing levels, leaving little tax capacity to fund much of anything else. https://t.co/eIP40nc1N8
— Marc ??#ZombieExtenders?? Goldwein (@MarcGoldwein) October 28, 2019
The way Warren spoke about her plan last week almost made it sound like she lives in a fantasy world. And it’s this very idea which Kate McKinnon successfully portrayed with her hilarious reenactment of a Warren rally.
During one portion of the rally in the skit, an audience member asked the senator (played by McKinnon) about the trillions upon trillions her proposal would cost.
“Now we’re talking trillions, so when the numbers are this big, they’re just pretend,” the fictional Warren replied. “They ain’t no Scrooge McDuck vault somewhere. You want to get red-pilled? Money doesn’t exist. It’s just a promise from a computer. You might as well says it costs 13 non-gillion over 12 of detan.”
“Sorry, senator, I’m going to need to see the math on that,” the audience member then interrupted.
“Oh, you want to see the math? Here, I’ll show you,” the fake Warren replied as she pulled out a chart full of irrelevant numbers that had nothing to do with paying for her plan. “Do you understand this? I do. I can explain it to you but you would die.”
The sketch also poked fun at Warren’s apparent die-hard belief that those Americans who like their current health care plan are simply misguided.
“My current insurance isn’t perfect, but with your plan I’d have to give it up. And that makes me nervous,” another fake audience member said.
The fake senator responded by talking about bad boyfriends.
“Your insurance is like a bad boyfriend,” she said. “Girl, listen to me, you need to leave him. He is draining you. You deserve better. Dump his a**.”
That’s not all too different from what the real 2020 contender said during a rally last Wednesday in New Hampshire. Confronted by a retired teacher from Massachusetts whose friends and family like their health care plans, Warren suggested they simply didn’t know any better.
“I meet people like this all the time … So I gotta say, when people tell me how much they love their health insurance, I gotta ask them how sick they’ve been,” she said.
Without actually explicitly saying it, the senator seemed to strongly suggest that under her plan, those Americans who like their current health insurance plan won’t get to keep it. Why won’t they get to keep it? Because she believes her plan is better for them.
“Because our health insurance companies … they got a basic business model, and the business model is to rake in as much as you can in premiums — anyone in here in the last five years seen your premiums go up if you have private health insurance? — and pay out as little as you can in return,” she continued. “Raise the deductibles, raise the co-pays, just keep that going.”
The fake Warren on “SNL” appeared to be just as obliviously condescending and patronizing.
“Alright, you listen to me, you beautiful b****, you’re going to call him, and you’re going to end it!” she hollered after the fake audience member revealed her current deductible.
What’s strange is the reaction the sketch has provoked. For some inexplicable reason, the sketch has divided social media users into two camps: One that believes “SNL” was essentially campaigning for Warren, and another that believes the show was attacking her.
Here’s the campaigning camp:
Scarlett Johansson heavily endorses Elizabeth Warren, and she is engaged to head writer of SNL Colin Jost. Expect to see even more “hilarious” skits that are poorly disguised campaign pieces.
— Ashleigh ??????? (@AshBCoffin) November 3, 2019
SNL officially campaigning for warren is literally as cringe as it gets
— Wiener Casket (@petercoffin) November 3, 2019
— ARA (@Ajra33) November 3, 2019
Is SNL just gonna be a Warren campaign ad for the next year
— Mimi ﾟ* ✧･ﾟﾟ (@mimirose101) November 3, 2019
And here’s the skewering camp:
SNL weirdly skewering Warren for not doing … things she did?
— Elizabeth SPIDERS ? (@espiers) November 3, 2019
Yipes that #snl portrayal of Elizabeth Warren was brutal. “Money doesn’t exist…” ouch.
— Florida Chris (@chrislongview) November 3, 2019
— T (@LoveLibra_T) November 3, 2019
#SNL Why are we poking fun at Elizabeth Warren when Donald Trump is literally destroying the country?
— Diane in Nashville (@DianeNashville) November 3, 2019
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