Jimmy Kimmel's credibility on health care questioned after this revelation
- Author: Rogelio Becker Sep 24, 2017,
Sep 24, 2017, 0:21
On the September 21 episode of "Jimmy Kimmel Live", Kimmel took aim at President Donald Trump, saying in his opening monologue that the American leader is so clueless about health care that he "doesn't know the difference between Medicare and Medicaid" and "barely knows the difference between Melania and Ivanka", his wife and daughter, respectively.
Kimmel, who thrust himself into the health care debate by broadcasting his son's medical issues in May, has established himself as an influential voice in the fight against the Obamacare repeal effort. Stephen Miller of Fox News responded, "Kimmel in his monologue acted like he knew details of bill & got wild applause. The only reason he's not a member of the Hollywood elite is that no one will hire him to be one".
"And the reason I'm talking about this is my son had an open-heart surgery, then has to have two more, and because of that I learned that there are kids with no insurance in the same situation".
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. I'm not going ― I piss on your ― you're not real shows, you're frauds, you're crap, you're the enemy, you're cancer, you're grandma dying of a heart attack, you're grandpa with a brain tumor, you're failure, you're betrayal, you're anathema, you're a blaspheme (sic). "Talk to the people that wrote it, Senator Graham, Senator Cassidy, asking the tough questions to Michael, and we'll see where we go from here". I don't get anything out of this, Brian, you phony little creep.
It's not news that late-night hosts are more openly political now than Johnny Carson and Jay Leno, who tried to appear neutral. That'll be my blurb for your next book: "'Brian Kilmead is a phony little creep'". "I hope your son gets better. Am I supposed to just be quiet about that?" he said. But you should actually do what we're doing.
The U.S.is in a civil war of words, and battle lines are drawn.
About me and you personally: Yeah, I did this thing called request an interview for an up-and-coming talk show host who did a great job on Fox Sports. Kimmel went on to say that he is not publicizing his opinions to forward his own personal interests, but because he feels that he needs to air them out.