Jimmy Kimmel on demise of Graham-Cassidy health bill: 'We're paying attention now'
Jimmy Kimmel says he’s “grateful” that Republican senators won’t be moving forward with the Graham-Cassidy bill, their last-ditch effort to repeal and replace Obamacare. And now he has some advice on how they should get back to work.
During his Tuesday monologue, Kimmel — who became an unlikely advocate for sensible, accessible health coverage after publicly discussing his newborn son’s struggle with a congenital heart disease — first took a few jabs at President Trump, a longtime opponent of Obamacare. “I bet the walls of the Oval Office are filled with dozens of tiny little fist holes today,” he said.
The late-night host went on to address the legislative branch. “Look, I’m not a congressman, I don’t want to tell you how to do your jobs,” Kimmel said. “But here’s how to do your jobs. Instead of writing a bill by candlelight on a Bazooka wrapper in the back of a Senate broom closet and then lying about what it will do, try this: Hold a bunch of hearings. At those hearings, invite experts to speak — doctors, patients, hospital administrators, health care analysts, insurance people. Invite them all, find out what’s working and what needs to be fixed and then, follow me, then write a bill based on all the stuff you found out from them. I know it sounds crazy, but sometimes you have to think inside the box, okay?”
Then, speaking to the American public, he added, “What we need to do is to tell our representatives in Congress to get together with their colleagues … to work together to make a flawed system into a great system.”
Kimmel concluded with a message of gratitude — and a warning — for lawmakers on Capitol Hill. “This isn’t about sides, it’s about people who are sick,” he said. “To all the senators and representatives who stopped this bill, thank you for being reasonable. And know that we’re paying attention now, and you’ll be hearing us from again.”
Watch the clip above for more. Jimmy Kimmel Live airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC.