Jimmy Kimmel has quickly emerged as one of the most articulate opponents of the republican’s latest healthcare proposal, heralded by senators Bill Cassidy and Lindsay Graham. Last night, for the third straight time, the late-night devoted the entirety of his opening monologue to criticizing the repeal and replace plan and its authors. Kimmel’s patience seems to be wearing thin with politicians who continue to flat-out lie about the bill’s potential to strip coverage from millions of American families.
This round, he opened by going after President Trump, who likely has not read the bill and seems to be mostly driven by an unhealthy obsession with tearing down legislation that bears former-president Obama’s stamp. “At this point, he would sign anything if it meant getting rid of Obamacare,” Kimmel joked. “He would “sign copies of the Quran at the Barnes and Noble in Fallujah if it meant he could get rid of [it].”
Kimmel also again shot back at critics who insist that it’s not a comedian’s place to discuss healthcare. “I’m not pretending to be an expert,” Kimmel said. “I’m asking why people like you aren’t listening to actual experts.” For reference, the experts who have come out against the bill include the American Hospital Association, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, March of Dimes, National Health Council, just to name a few.
If you haven’t been following Kimmel’s ongoing crusade, the issue of healthcare coverage is a deeply personal issue for him because of his newborn son’s heart surgery earlier this year. In May, Senator Cassidy insisted that any new health care law would have to pass what he dubbed “The Jimmy Kimmel Test” and provide coverage for those with pre-existing conditions without lifetime caps, but his new bill can’t guarantee any of this. Kimmel closed last night’s monologue by suggesting that he wouldn’t have to be someone the public goes to for healthcare information if politicians would simply tell the truth. Wouldn’t that be something?