Mike Pence Takes HHS To The Past | Full Frontal on TBS

Mike Pence Takes HHS To The Past | Full Frontal on TBS


Welcome back to the show. It’s neat that Donald
Trump might get impeached. But if he actually gets
pushed out of office, let’s remember who
would take his place. This tall glass of creamed corn. Trump has always been
equal parts destructive and ineffective as president. But Pence already knows
how to use the powers of the executive branch. He’s already
quietly changing how our country’s Department of
Health and Human Services operates. There’s been a big
social conservative shift in the country’s health policy. What we found is
Pence has played a quiet, behind the scenes
role in making all that happen. Vice President Mike
Pence really making good on a promise that
they campaigned on, which was to really remake
women’s reproductive health care in the United States. Yeah, it’s that last
that Pence is remaking women’s health
care as much weight as it is sending it
back to the 1600s. Vice President Pence has been
quietly racking up the wins by turning Health
and Human Services into his own personal
Stepford department, which is really
troubling because HHS is a huge organization. In fact, HHS has
more grant money than every other federal
agency put together. And somehow, it now
all goes to sweatshirts that say virginity rocks. Mike Pence is the absolute
scariest person to be calling the shots at this agency. He’s also the absolute scariest
person in any situation. As a reminder, pence
was one of the most radical anti-choice congressmen
ever to hold office. He’s basically
dedicated his career to restricting family
planning to the rhythm method, which by
the way, is also the name of his cappella group. And a 1, and a 2,
and oh, I ejaculated. I’m sorry. With Christ’s help, I’ll
make it to three next time. As congressman, pence tried
to amend the Constitution to ban same sex marriage. As governor of Indiana,
Pence slow-walked a needle exchange
program which facilitated a massive HIV outbreak. He also passed a
cruel and stupid law requiring funerals for fetuses. And if you think that’s bad,
it was even more disturbing when Pence went to all of them. So yes, Pence has had
a devastating impact on health and human rights. As a politician, which no one
could have seen coming back in ’99 when he published an
essay saying Disney’s “Mulan” sets a poor example because
women in the military are a bad idea. They’ll get me wrong, I
also disliked “Mulan,” but because it made me want
to F a cartoon character. Not this guy, this guy. Yes. But here’s the thing. Pence doesn’t even have to
make these sweeping changes directly. He does it Hollywood style,
and just hires his friends. Pence’s most powerful
hire is current HHS secretary, and first
Google image result for business dad, Alex Azar. Azar and Pence go
way back to Indiana, where Azar was a
cartoonishly evil big pharma goon who was largely
responsible for the price gouging of insulin. Pence almost made a czar
his lieutenant governor, and Azar has called
Pence’s friend and mentor, at which point Pence
said I’m sorry, I’m married. Azar’s biggest accomplishment
as HHS secretary has been revamping HHS is Title
10 program in order to strip Planned Parenthood of funding. He’s really putting the Christ
back in Jesus Fucking Christ, this shit again? ANCHOR: A new Trump
administration rule says clinics accepting
Title 10 funds can talk to patients
about abortion, but they can’t refer women
to an abortion provider, or suggest where
to get an abortion. ANCHOR 2: Abortion
rights supporters called it a gag rule. While the decision
is being appealed, Planned Parenthood
officials say they will pull out of the program. You know things are bad
when Planned Parenthood’s only option is to pull out. Now, over a million and
a half low-income women are at risk of losing access
to affordable contraception and cancer screenings. Planned Parenthood’s already had
to close two clinics in Ohio. It’s hard to believe these
health care stories are real. And I even believe that
episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” where the dude had
a bomb in his chest. Meanwhile, Azar is pumping
money into faith based and abstinence
focused organizations like Obria, which says
reproductive decisions should prioritize the
couple, as opposed to the needs and desires of
the woman as an individual. Hey, how about this? I prioritize what
to do with my body, and if you’re feeling
really left out, you can push a watermelon
through a garden hose. Azar is only one
of at least a dozen HHS staffers with direct ties to
the vice president or Indiana. In fact, there are now so many
Hoosier connections in HHS they’re collectively
known as the Indiana mafia, which I’m guessing is
the only mafia with a swear jar. That jar would be empty
but, Pence stubbed his toe once and said great snakes! Other Hoosier mafiosos in HHS
include former health advisor to Governor Pence, Seema
Verma, former Pence health commissioner and
current Surgeon General Jerome Adams, Pence’s
former legislative director, Brady Brooks. And Rebecca Armstrong, who
first oversaw domestic policy in the VP’s office, and
now is stationed at HHS’s legislative affairs office. It’s the most fucked group
to come out of Indiana that wasn’t formed by Joe Jackson. So what else has Pence’s
Indiana mafia accomplished? Way too much, beginning
with a whole new office. Health and Human
Services Department announcing a new
division, one that will make it easier
for doctors, nurses, and other medical
professionals to opt out of providing
services that violate their religious beliefs. ANCHOR: This new division
at HHS called the Conscience And Religious Freedom
Division within its Office of Civil Rights. We are a nation of
tolerance, and that we will not allow
people of faith to be bullied or targeted anymore. Ah, yes. Just like the Hippocratic
oath states, first do no homo. This is really just
scratching the surface. The HHS has tried
to create exemptions so employer-provided insurance
plans don’t have to cover birth control, effectively ended
funding for fetal tissue research, canceled a scientific
grant for contraception research and proposed a
reversal of protections for transgender patients. He also completely
overhauled X-ray machines to make them more decent. Pence’s influence goes
beyond our borders, too. The US has reinstated the Mexico
City policy, which forbids any foreign nongovernmental
groups that receive US health aid from
providing, referring, or canceling on abortions. Every Republican president
over the last 34 years has implemented this rule,
but Trump has expanded it so that it applies to
almost all of US global aid, including programs to
fight HIV and malaria. It is, in effect,
a global gag rule. And we know it wasn’t Trump
who masterminded this. When he heard global
gag rule, he definitely thought it was a sex thing. Mike Pence doesn’t give a
shit that a godless president is disgracing his party. Because if anything, it gives
him the room and influence to do what he cares about most,
gutting reproductive health care and protections
for trans people. But unlike Trump,
Pence isn’t doing this just to satisfy a base. He is a true believer. So I guess you could say he’s
doing this to satisfy himself. Oh boy, Mother does not
like the sound of that.

35 comments

  1. Very important to vote. Make the R next to a candidate's name a lose and they will either learn or some other party will replace them.

  2. How can you frighten us with Pence? Don't you know he has conversation with Jesus every morning? Talking with a 2000 years old corpse is quite an achievement that will make his job as president a piece of cake.

  3. It’s criminal how few people watch Samantha Bee …
    There is a massive amount of sketchy actions that have been and are being pushed though this Administration & most of it is occurring without our citizenry’s knowledge. 😖

  4. Pence is forcing his beliefs on women and creating a bigger government at the same time. This christian religious extremism must stop.

  5. While I'm sure glad that the former Head Clown of Ringling Bros. found a job as "President", Pence is a bible thumping theocrat that could quietly do lots much more damage than Trump ever could…

  6. I’m wondering if we need to organize a new Jane Network. Probably should also set up another Freedom Summer while we’re at it.

    If Trump represents the End of America, then we’re basically going to get an ending that’s a mixture of 1984, Brave New World, and Idiocracy. Though even the president in Idiocracy is still a better president than Trump. Idiocracy president was genuinely concerned about the problem with the crops and when given the chance to listen to advice from people smarter than him, he took it, actually listened, and followed said advice. Does any of that sound like Trump? Plus the Idiocracy president was played by Terry Crews who overflows with charisma.

  7. Never see the first lady. I'm sure she is hunkered done in her private bedroom reading watching sitcoms and playing video games waiting for this to be over.

  8. I had never heard of the Mexico City Policy until I saw it in this video. Still wrapping my mind around this… 💀

  9. Tired excuse. Look at the entire presidential line of succession. Absolutely none of them deserve to hold office.

  10. Too many Christians forget way God allows evil to exist and that he gave us free will. If you force some to follow your Christian values you put your self over God's will and commit a mush bigger sin then anyone you try to force to follow Christian ethics. As a true Christian it's your job to inform people about Christianity without pressure anyone into becoming one or act like one.

  11. "Comedy" is trash. But whatever. Bill Burr eats your lunch sleep walking brushing his teeth and killing it in the corn fields of Nebraska. Yeah you real time aren't funny.

  12. This Alex Azar and Mike Pence happened to be the worst people in this country, and if they ever get into office, there will be a lot of endless cycles of protests and revolutions that'll take place.
    Is there a Canadian band Queensryche put it, Revolution Calling.

  13. President Trump and Mike Pence are doing what they said they would do and what they were voted in to do. They didn’t lie before the election and are now doing the opposite thing, you should be applauding them for keeping their word to the people that voted them in. Samantha is still bitter about that dried up witch Hillary Clinton losing, she will be bitter again in 2020.

  14. How Canon you be this evil. And how can women stand behind these policies. Women of All people should know how dangerous and evil this is!

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