Kimmel: My "Duty" To Oppose GOP Health Care Bill, Tell You To Call Your Senator


On the Thursday broadcast of his late-night program, Jimmy Kimmel once again went political and took on President Donald Trump, Republicans, and the Graham-Cassidy health care bill that would replace Obamacare. Kimmel said President Trump wants to get rid of Obamacare primarily because it has the former president's name attached to it. Kimmel joked, "we haven't seen this many people come forward to speak against a bill since Cosby."

"I guarantee he doesn't know anything about this Graham-Cassidy bill. He doesn't know the difference between Medicare and Medicaid. He barely knows the difference between Melania and Ivanka," Kimmel said to laughter.

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Kimmel opened his show advocating against the bill and cited details that made him an opponent:

KIMMEL: Well, thanks for joining us on what has been an unusual week for us here at our show. If you've been watching over the past few days, and you haven't, I've found myself in the middle of a battle over American health care. After my son Billy had open heart surgery at the end of April, the [Republican] Senator Bill Cassidy from Louisiana came on our show, made some promises and assurances that he did not keep.

The reason I had him on the show in the first place is because he started telling people that any plan he supports would have to pass what he called 'the Jimmy Kimmel test.' And then he teamed up with Senator Lindsey Graham to write a bill that most definitely does not pass that test. It doesn't protect people from having their rates jacked up for pre-existing conditions, doesn't prevent insurance companies from putting lifetime caps on how much they'll spend on a person with medical issues, and it cuts a huge amount of money, maybe hundreds of billions of dollars in health care funding. And Americans understandably, especially, do not like the idea of being priced out of insurance for a pre-existing condition.

Kimmel used his network soapbox to show how many medical organizations are against the Graham-Cassidy proposal which prompted the Bill Cosby joke.

"This plan is not a good thing," he argued. "[Cassidy's] supporters say, he's a doctor and you're not, what do you know? To them I say, all of these very reputable organizations -- American Diabetes Association, American Medical Association, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, the list goes on and on. All of these groups populated by doctors say this health care bill is bad. They're against it. We haven't seen this many people come forward to speak against a bill since Cosby. Okay?"

Kimmel also used his monologue to mock Vice President Mike Pence for arguing that states should be able to decide what they want to do, in this case with health care.

"Their argument that is it's better to put these decisions in the hands of the states. And have you seen some of our states? If Florida could make their own decisions, it would be legal to bring an alligator into a strip club," he joked.

Kimmel used his monologue to call Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) an "inbred" after he said the host is a "funny guy," but no one should confuse him with a "well-respected health care expert."

"I wouldn't take advice from Charlie Sheen either," Kennedy added.

Kimmel said he feels like it is his "duty" to talk about health care. He reminded people who question his qualifications as a comedian that they voted for a man who fired people on television for a living. The host then implored viewers to call their Senators and tell them "not to gut American health care." Kimmel then provided the number to call Senators on screen.

"I'm not pretending to be an expert, I'm asking why people like you aren't listening to actual experts like the American Medical Association," Kimmel told Kennedy. "I should not be the guy you go to for information on health care. And if these guys, like inbred John Kennedy, would tell the truth for a change, I wouldn't have to. I see these comments from these angry people, they say what qualifies you to talk about this stuff? You're a comedian, go back to being not funny. And I feel like it's my duty to remind these people, who are so concerned about my qualifications, the guy you voted for president?"

From Thursday's monologue:

JIMMY KIMMEL: So the president got involved last night via Twitter, of course. He wrote, 'I would not sign Graham-Cassidy if it did not include coverage of pre-existing conditions. It does! A great Bill. Repeal & Replace.'

Those are the key words: repeal and replace. Because for Donald Trump this isn't about the Graham-Cassidy bill, it's about getting rid of Obamacare, which he hates, primarily because Obama's name is on it. He likes to have his name on things. Buildings, vodka, you name it.

And at this point, he would sign anything if it meant getting rid of Obamacare. He'd sign copies of the Koran at the Barnes & Noble in Fallujah if it meant he could get rid of Obamacare.

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