Al Franken: Rural Minnesota 'hated' GOP healthcare bill

The Minnesota senator was appearing on The Late Show.

Al Franken renewed acquaintances with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday evening, when the Minnesota senator spoke about his own state's response to GOP attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

A Republican attempt to pass a "skinny repeal" of Obamacare failed in the Senate last week when Sen. John McCain cast a decisive "nay" vote. Franken described the moment to Colbert on The Late Show, saying he had an inkling something big was about to go down when he realized Vice President Mike Pence had left the chamber.

Its failure came as a relief to the DFL senator, and said the credit for it goes "to the American people who showed up, came to town halls and made their voices heard."

He said he had seen the opposition to it while traveling Minnesota and other parts of the U.S. for his role as co-chair of the rural health caucus.

"People in rural Minnesota hated this thing," he said. "I had a woman cry at a hospital in Perham, this was at a round table, she said her mom gets her home healthcare, which allows her to stay at home, from Medicaid and she would lose that.

"She was crying about what the Republicans were proposing, so the American people stood up and so they deserve this victory.

"What I hope we do is work in a bipartisan way to shore up the exchanges and the weaknesses in the ACA."

While this section of the conversation covered a serious subject, needless to say both Franken and Colbert traded plenty of witty barbs through the senator's guest appearance.

Here's the two segments, the first of which contains the Obamacare discussion, the second sees Franken discuss which senators he finds funny – as described in his recently released book Al Franken: Giant of the Senate.

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