Jimmy Kimmel Is Convinced Trump Doesn't Have the Faintest Idea What's in the Latest Trumpcare Bill
Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel continued his attack on the Republican Party’s plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. He reiterated his claims that Republicans have refuted.
Dripping with condescension, Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) mocked Kimmel’s understanding of the bill and encouraged him to stick to late-night comedy. But Kimmel, whose son Billy was born with a congenital heart defect, is no stranger to navigating the health care system.
After Wednesday night, however, President Donald Trump got involved. In a tweet, Trump claimed he wouldn’t sign the GOP bill if it didn’t fully insure those with preexisting conditions.
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 (@Donald J. Trump)1505948875.0
Kimmel explained that for Trump, this fight has nothing to do with the bill itself—it could be the lost country of Nambia for all he knows. All he wants is to “repeal and replace Obamacare,” as he promised on the campaign trail.
“It’s about getting rid of Obamacare, which he hates, primarily because it’s got Obama’s name on it. He likes his name on things,” Kimmel said, citing Trump’s buildings and products. “At this point he would sign anything that meant getting rid of Obamacare. He’d sign copies of the Quran at the Barnes and Noble in Fallujah if it meant he could get rid of Obamacare.”
After Kimmel went after Cassidy, Trump provided a tweet of support, saying, “Senator (Doctor) Bill Cassidy is a class act who really cares about people and their Health(care), he doesn’t lie-just wants to help people!”
Senator (Doctor) Bill Cassidy is a class act who really cares about people and their Health(care), he doesn't lie-just wants to help people!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1505955985.0
Kimmel was excited to hear it, so he tweeted back.
@realDonaldTrump That's great news Mr. President! Does that mean he'll vote against the horrible bill he wrote?— Jimmy Kimmel (@Jimmy Kimmel)1505958384.0
Understandably, Kimmel hasn’t yet received a response from Trump or Cassidy.
Meanwhile, after Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said Trump is laser-focused on health care, Kimmel said Trump is actually more like a cat playing with a laser pointer, jumping all over the place.
“I guarantee he doesn’t know anything about this Graham-Cassidy bill,” Kimmel said. “He doesn’t know the difference between Medicare and Medicaid. He barely knows the difference between Melania and Ivanka.”
Finally, Kimmel addressed the personal attacks against him.
“A lot of people have been saying I’m not qualified to talk about this and that is true, I’m not qualified to talk about this,” he said. “But I think those people forget, Bill Cassidy named this test after me. Am I supposed to just be quiet about that?”
He went on to say he can’t understand why he has to keep reminding people he's no expert. Then he showed the lists of organizations full of experts opposing the bill.
“I should not be the guy you go to for information on health care,” Kimmel confessed. “And if these guys, like inbred [Sen.] John Kennedy (R-LA), would tell the truth for a change, I wouldn’t have to. I see these comments from these angry people, they say ‘What qualified you to talk about this stuff? You’re a comedian, go back to being not funny.’ And I feel like it’s my duty to remind these people, who are so concerned about my qualifications, the guy you voted for for president? His job qualification was this.” Kimmel then played a clip of Trump firing rocker Meatloaf.
“OK? He fired Meatloaf on television. Then you put him in the White House,” Kimmel said.
Watch Kimmel’s full monologue below: