Comedian Jimmy Kimmel consulted with Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) office on details surrounding the health-care debate, The Daily Beast reported Friday.
Schumer’s office “provided technical guidance and info about the bill, as well as stats from various think tanks and experts on the effects of” the legislation, a source told the outlet.
Kimmel launched a series of attacks this week on the Senate GOP’s latest ObamaCare repeal and replace measure, sponsored by Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTop Louisiana health official rips Cassidy over ObamaCare repeal bill Senate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions MORE (R-S.C.) and Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyTop Louisiana health official rips Cassidy over ObamaCare repeal bill Senate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Finance to hold hearing on ObamaCare repeal bill MORE (R-La.).
Schumer and the late-night comedian were reportedly in touch over the past several months, and the New York Democrat encouraged Kimmel to speak out against the legislation.
The Daily Beast report said Kimmel has also been in touch with various health-care activists and organizations.
Schumer’s office declined to comment to The Hill on the report.
Kimmel delved into the ObamaCare repeal and replace debate last May when he revealed his son was born with a heart defect and needed open-heart surgery.
Cassidy in turn promised he would only support a bill that passed “the Jimmy Kimmel test” – one that protected patients with pre-existing conditions from loss of coverage or skyrocketing out-of-pocket costs.
However, Kimmel slammed Cassidy on Tuesday, saying he had failed the test with his latest ObamaCare repeal measure.
“Not only did Bill Cassidy fail the Jimmy Kimmel test, he failed the Bill Cassidy test. He failed his own test,” Kimmel said.
Cassidy responded, saying Kimmel did not understand the bill, to which Kimmel argued that Cassidy did not understand the bill.
“Oh I get it, I don’t understand it because I’m a talk show host,” Kimmel said during his opening monologue late Wednesday. “Then help me out. Which part don’t I understand? The part where you cut $243 billion dollars from federal health-care assistance? Am I not understanding the part where states would let insurance companies price you out of coverage for having pre-existing conditions?” he said.
Kimmel praised Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainSenate’s defense authorization would set cyber doctrine Senate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions MORE on Friday after the Arizona Republican announced he would be voting against the repeal bill, potentially dooming the legislation.
Thank you @SenJohnMcCain for being a hero again and again and now AGAIN
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) September 22, 2017