When you’re only trying to save health care for 30 million people, you’ve got to be a little persistent.
The man you’d least expect to be on the front foot for saving health care in America, Jimmy Kimmel, is far from resting in his battle to ensure the Graham-Cassidy bill doesn’t cut funding to the most vulnerable.
Entering into round three of the debate on Thursday night, Kimmel took aim at President Donald Trump, who recently got involved in the debate on Twitter (where else).
For Kimmel, Trump’s support for the bill is more about politics than it is about a bill that’s, you know, actually good.
I would not sign Graham-Cassidy if it did not include coverage of pre-existing conditions. It does! A great Bill. Repeal & Replace.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 20, 2017
“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 explained.
“He likes to have his own name on things: Buildings, vodkas, you name it. And at this point, he would sign anything if it meant getting rid of Obamacare. He’d sign copies of the Quran at the Barnes & Noble in Fallujah, if it meant if he could get rid of Obamacare.”
Also in Kimmel’s sights was Trump’s championing of Senator Bill Cassidy as a “class act,” that he “doesn’t lie” and “just wants to help people.” Kimmel isn’t buying it.
That’s great news Mr. President! Does that mean he’ll vote against the horrible bill he wrote?
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) September 21, 2017
Kimmel pointed out numerous times that he isn’t a health expert, which has been the most common criticism of him in the last few days. He just wants lawmakers and critics to listen to the numerous groups against the bill.
“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 out against a bill since Cosby,” he said.
While Kimmel’s personal heartbreak is the fuel in his campaign against the current Graham-Cassidy bill, it’s the broken promise of a test in his name that has really vexed the late night TV show host.
“Bill Cassidy named this test after me. I am I supposed to just be quiet about that?” he asked.