Jimmy Kimmel’s crusade against the newly proposed health care bill continued for a third straight night.
The late night host opened his show Thursday talking about the possible repeal of Obamacare, but he agrees with his critics that say he’s not qualified for the conversation.
“Bill Cassidy named this test after me. Am I supposed to just be quiet about that?”
The senator from Louisiana first appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” in May, the host’s first night back on the air after son Billy had open heart surgery just three days after he was born.
At the time, Cassidy promised to protect people with pre-existing conditions.
But Cassidy’s bill fails on that pledge, Kimmel said.
When President Trump jumped to the senator’s defense on Twitter Wednesday night, saying he “would not sign Graham-Cassidy if it did not include coverage of pre-existing conditions,” Kimmel instead focused on the phrase “repeal & replace.”
“He’d sign anything if it meant getting rid of Obamacare,” he said.
“He’d sign copies of the Koran at the Barnes and Noble in Fallujah if it meant he could get rid of Obamacare.”
Kimmel also said he doesn’t need to speak to Cassidy, because he already made his promise four months ago.
“People keep telling me to give him the benefit of the doubt,” the host said.
“I doubt all the benefits he claims are part of the new health care bill.
Kimmel praised Cassidy for his medical background, but urged him to continue “doing good things,” which includes opposing the bill that’s been criticized by groups including the American Cancer Society, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Kaiser Permanente, March of Dimes, AARP and the American Heart Association.
“We haven’t seen this many speak out against a bill since Cosby,” Kimmel said.
Arguing against Senator John Kennedy, who said on Fox News Thursday morning that people should trust Kimmel as much as they trust Charlie Sheen with medical advise, the host against pleaded out of the job.
“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 said.
“And by the way, the fact that Charlie Sheen is still alive means he probably knows more about health care than any of us do.”
Kimmel’s qualifications, he said, are as reputable as someone else talking about the bill though.
“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,’” he said.
“It’s my duty to remind these people who are so concerned with my qualifications that the guy you voted for for President? His job qualification was…he fired Meat Loaf on television.”
Senator Al Franken, the former comedian, stopped by at the end of the show to thank Kimmel for taking on the fight against what he called the “Screw You, Billy Kimmel Act.”
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