John Oliver kicked off tonight’s episode with a reminder that Prince Philip, the male inheritor to the British throne who died final week, is married to his cousin.
“It’s true. Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth are cousins who later got married – also known as a Giuliani meet-cute,” joked Oliver.
The host continued to crop-dust on Florida congressman Matt Gaetz and the federal investigation into his intercourse trafficking. The newest improvement entails The Daily Beast‘s discovery of Gaetz’s Venmo transaction historical past detailing a $900 fee via a liaison to a few girls below notes like “Tuition” and “School.” Oliver provided some sage recommendation to the now-embarrassed politician: “Venmo is for one thing and one thing only: passing judgments on friend’s spending habits while obsessing over wild financial mysteries.”
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Oliver then turned his lens onto the American refugee admission program. After eviscerating Trump over his discriminatory eligibility caps, Oliver likened Biden’s inaction to his incoherent speech and performed clips of White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki avoiding journalists’ questions concerning Biden’s pledge to extend the refugee admission caps.
“Rest assured we’re committed to getting you to Orlando eventually, we just can’t tell where your plane is, why it’s taking so long or what year you might arrive,” mentioned Oliver as he mimed what Psaki would sound like as a Spirit Airlines gate agent.
Oliver goes onto clarify the dire limbo many refugees exist in as a result of president’s passivity. “More than 35,000 already [are] approved for resettlement here, but until Biden signs that determination, they are beholden to Trump’s low admissions ceiling and bullshit racist rules.” Per Oliver, the refugees’ resettlement approval exists for a sure period of time. If they sadly expire, refugees should begin the paperwork over again. And, even with approval, refugees can’t appear to presently board planes to their authorised resettlement metropolis. After Oliver describes all of this, he explains the easy resolution is the swift stroke of the president’s pen.
“It’s past time for him to look deep into his own, pick up a f*cking pen and do the right thing,” emphasised Oliver.
Needing some comedic reduction after a diatribe a couple of severe worldwide disaster, a montage of the best questions requested on Yahoo! Answers performs onscreen. The silliness of every query is proven towards a background of luscious pictures of nature with the tune of Cello Suite No. 1 by Bach enjoying.
Oliver then spends nearly all of his program dissecting the shortage of federal oversight on nursing houses and assisted residing amenities. The spotlight of this phase features a information clip through which a spouse and daughter clarify how they realized to carry out in-home medical care via trial and error.
“There are certain things that you can expect to learn by trial-and-error: solving a puzzle, learning to pronounce the name of Tambourine Saturday, or choosing a haircut.. But providing medical care should not be one of those things,” Oliver mentioned.
Oliver notes that individuals who don’t ship their liked one to a facility carry out providers on their very own, sometimes unpaid. Oliver presents a staggering statistic: the full quantity of misplaced wages of household caregivers totals $67 billion yearly – a workforce, that if paid, can be corresponding to the GDP of Bulgaria.
The individuals who both can’t afford retirement houses or don’t have family members to deal with them often find yourself in a long-term care facility. He divides his phase to concentrate on the 2 kinds of long-term care models – nursing houses and assisted residing amenities.
Oliver notes how nursing houses are suffering from an absence of staffing, coaching and funding. Situations may be so excessive that, in a clip, staff got here out to debate how they, the facilitators, are embarrassed by their work.
“I’m not even embarrassed by my work and just three minutes ago I joked about f*cking a plate. That wasn’t even a joke,” ridiculed Oliver.
Oliver explains the advanced system through which nursing houses discriminate sufferers with Medicare and people with Medicaid. Each program reimburses nursing houses otherwise, and over-billing occurs regularly, resulting in a litany of lawsuits.
When he shifts the main target to the federal oversight of those nursing houses, Oliver instantly reveals how ill-equipped the federal government is to control this business. Though there exists a public record of amenities that recurrently breaks rules, it should be capped at 88 since there isn’t any cash to incorporate extra. On prime of that, the opposite standards on the lists like employees quantity and high quality measures are self-reported, exposing a large loophole on how this business operates.
“Garbage in and garbage out. That is pathetic. Something that is as important as our nursing homes rating system should not follow the same rule as every recipe on Velveeta’s website. There is just no way any of those are any good,” judged Oliver.
The most obvious and surprising instance of the shortage of federal oversight on long-term care amenities, particularly assisted residing, got here when Oliver confirmed an assisted residing facility in Florida that had considered one of its sufferers unwittingly fall into an alligator pond. Their destiny appears relatively apparent.
“I honestly don’t know where to begin there. But I guess I’d start with, why would anyone put an assisted living facility next to a f*cking alligator pond. That seems like the sort of detail that has to be included at the end of one of Brookdale’s heartwarming ads,” mentioned an exasperated Oliver.
He continued the narrative of horrifying assisted residing facility tales with sufferers committing suicide, freezing to loss of life and self-immolating.
Oliver’s name to motion this week was to go reform on the nationwide stage beginning with the HCBS Access Act of 2021, which might make dwelling and community-based care an entitlement below Medicaid.
He says this challenge is of utmost significance as a result of our collective remedy of these folks unearth our largest nationwide ghosts.
“It all starts with showing that we give a sh*t what happens to the elders and people with disabilities in this country. Right now, evidence points to the fact we absolutely don’t and all the other problems are stemming from that. The longer we continue to ignore, the worse it’s going to get. This is an industry where people are literally getting eaten alive,” ended Oliver.