Late Night Host Jimmy Kimmel Slams Politicians To Save Obamacare
Late night talk shows are known for being vocal when it comes to current events, especially when they do their monologues. A late night talk show host in particular made it pretty clear that he is definitely making a stand on the current health bill that is in the midst of crisis in the government.
Jimmy Kimmel, the host of the Jimmy Kimmel Live! On ABC, is known to be funny and witty, he is also known to be lightweight especially when it comes to serious matters like whenever he is talking about news that has something to do with the government. However, last September 19, Kimmel’s opening monologue talks about how Bill Cassidy literally lied to his face when he was in an interview with him. Cassidy, a Republican from Louisiana, together with Senator Lindsay Graham, who is another Republican, proposed to end the Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act. If they succeed, this would then leave millions of people in the entire United States without insurance because they either have preexisting medical conditions or their simply couldn’t afford it. Kimmel even posted a photo of him and his son on Twitter before his show, “Billy’s helping me write tonight’s monologue. I’ll give our thoughts on the #GrahamCassidy health “care” bill.”
WHAT IS THE ACA?
In 2010, former U.S. president Barack Obama, signed this federal statute into a law together with the Health Cara and Education Reconciliation Act amendment. This represents the entire United States healthcare system and is considered as the most significant regulatory overhaul and expansion of coverage ever since the Medicare was passed way back in 1965. This is more commonly known as Obamacare.
This law actually has three primary goals:
• To be able to expand the Medicare or Medicaid program that would allow all adults with the income of 138% of the federal poverty level.
• To make sure that there are affordable health insurances that are available to everyone.
• To be able to support medical care delivery methods that are designed to lose costs of health care in general.
JIMMY KIMMEL VS BILL CASSIDY
Last June, Bill Cassidy was in an interview with Jimmy Kimmel regarding his stand on the said matter. Cassidy even agreed that “No family should be denied medical care, emergency, or otherwise, because they can’t afford it.”
Cassidy even added that regardless of income or medical condition, it should be accessible to all. However, in July, Cassidy voted yes when the Senate was voting on a repeal bill that would clearly violate those principles.
“This guy, Bill Cassidy, just lied to my face,” Kimmel stated. “We can’t let him do this to out children and our senior citizens and our veteran or to any of us. I am politicizing my son’s health problems because I have to.”
HEALTH CONDITION OF KIMMEL’S SON
Jimmy Kimmel is indeed very affected and passionate about this matter because of what happened to his son back in April. Kimmel’s son, William “Billy” John, who is now five months old, actually had an open-heart surgery when he was only three-days-old. The late night host explained that his son would need two more heart surgeries in the near fruits.
In his recent monologue, he even thanked people who are backing him up towards his fight to save Obamacare, because he explained how the people need it the most. Not everyone is lucky enough to be able to afford such surgeries just like his son, so he is making a stand for his fellow Americans. His son’s congenital heart defect definitely inspired the late-night host to speak out.
The Graham-Cassidy health bill wasn’t able to make it because it apparently didn’t get enough votes. Some senators such as John McCain, Lisa Murkowski, and Susan Collins, take a stand to keep Obamacare.
Kimmel even tweeted a photo of his son as he gives thanks to those who supported him, including daytime talk show host and his friend, Ellen DeGeneres. “Thanks to all who stood up and spoke out from this happy guy and his less-fortunate friends #GoodbyeGrahamCassidy.”
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) September 26, 2017
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) September 20, 2017
Some people are against the Obamacare believe that Jimmy Kimmel is just a late night talk show host and does not know enough about these type of things so he doesn’t have the right to talk about it. Whereas some people who stand by Kimmel believes that those who think that just because a person is not part of the government, they no longer have the right to fight for their rights, are the ones who know nothing about the said matter.
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