Stephen Colbert Talks Sharks and Surprise Medical Bills

Zanira Ghulamhussain
Assistant Outreach Coordinator

Friday, May 20th, 2016

America’s late night funnyman Stephen Colbert made a jab at surprise medical bills on Tuesday night’s episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Colbert opened his monologue with a story about a Florida doctor who treated a woman who had a shark attached to her arm. He joked and said:

“My diagnosis is that you have a shark on your arm. I’m going to write you a prescription for Take the Shark Off Your Arm. That’ll be $500. And the shark is out-of-network.”

Watch the hilarity here:

Colbert’s humor makes us laugh, in spite of the reality of people feeling the bite of surprise medical bills. Clearly, Colbert knows that out-of-network surprise medical bills rub salt into the wound.

But because of you, we’re making real progress! Earlier in April, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a historic law shielding patients from surprise medical bills. We are still working hard to make progress in other states. Over twenty states are considering legislation and several have laid the groundwork for more comprehensive consumer protections. Join our growing movement to end surprise medical bills! Share your story today so lawmakers make surprise medical bill protections a legislative priority.

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