The Wild West-flavored criticism of the Senate Finance Committee’s health bill offered Tuesday by Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., inspired Stephen Colbert to extend the metaphor on Wednesday’s “The Colbert Report.” Donning a cowboy hat and fancy boots, Colbert said: “You see, folks — we’re on a runaway stagecoach of big government, being chased by the coyotes of increased deficits and heading right into an ambush by the Comanche in chief and his hope Hopis. And unless the marshal of fiscal responsibility arrives on the noon train of free-market principles to drive these saloon girls of new taxes out, the pickup truck of high premiums will get eaten by the death panel prairie dogs and the Boot Hill tumbleweed sarsaparilla varmint six-shooter cattle-rustling. . . .” — you get the idea.
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