Jimmy Kimmel on 'emotional' health care battle: 'The facts were on my side'
After spending much of last week speaking out against the latest GOP-led effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, Jimmy Kimmel reflected on an “emotional” weekend during his Monday night monologue, while also expressing cautious optimism as the Graham-Cassidy bill appears to be dead in the water.
Kimmel, who found himself in the middle of the national health care debate after discussing his newborn son’s struggle with a congenital heart disease, said the issue of sensible coverage has become “a personal thing for me,” and that in recent days many strangers have approached him to share their positive experiences with Obamacare (which is officially known as the Affordable Care Act).
“I was in three cities over the weekend and also had a charity event on Saturday night,” Kimmel said, “met so many people who came up to me, strangers. Almost every one of them was a stranger wanting to tell me that the Affordable Care Act — that our president and half of our senators are so desperately trying to kill — saved or drastically improved their lives, members of their families’ lives, and/or their children’s lives.”
Poking fun at himself, he continued, “They came up to me and they said, ‘Mr. Fallon, thank you for speaking out.’”
Kimmel went on to rebuke accusations that he’s some sort of left-wing pawn.
“Since I started speaking about this, I’ve been fact-checked against [Senator] Bill Cassidy by at least six different organizations; every one of them came down on my side,” he said. “Every major health organization in the United States is on my side, every major charity that has to do with health and Medicare is on my side, because the facts were on my side. It has nothing to do with me, it’s just a matter of what’s true and what isn’t true.”
Watch the clip above for more. Jimmy Kimmel Live airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC.