Round 3 of Jimmy Kimmel’s Health Care Battle



IF YOU'VE BEEN WATCHING OVER THE PAST FEW DAYS, AND YOU HAVEN'T, I'VE FOUND MYSELF IN THE MIDDLE OF A BATTLE OVER AMERICAN HEALTH CARE. AFTER MY SON BILLY HAD OPEN HEART SURGERY AT THE END OF APRIL, THE SENATOR BILL CASSIDY FROM LOUISIANA CAME ON OUR SHOW, MADE SOME PROMISES AND ASSURANCES THAT HE DID NOT KEEP. THE ROPE I HAD HIM ON THE SHOW IN THE FIRST PLACE IS BECAUSE HE STARTED TELLING PEOPLE THAT ANY PLAN HE SUPPORTS WOULD HAVE TO PASS WHAT HE CALLED THE JIMMY KIMMEL TEST. AND THEN HE TEAMED UP WITH SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM TO WRITE A BILL THAT MOST DEFINITELY DOES NOT PASS THAT TEST. IT DOESN'T PROTECT PEOPLE FROM HAVING THEIR RATES JACKED UP FOR PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS, DOESN'T PREVENT INSURANCE COMPANIES FROM PUTTING LIFETIME CAPS ON HOW MUCH THEY'LL SPEND ON A PERSON WITH MEDICAL ISSUES, IT CUTS A HUGE AMOUNT OF MONEY, MAYBE HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN HEALTH CARE FUNDING. AND AMERICANS UNDERSTANDABLY, ESPECIALLY, DO NOT LIKE THE IDEA OF BEING PRICED OUT OF INSURANCE FOR A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION. SO THE PRESIDENT GOT INVOLVED LAST NIGHT. VIA TWITTER, OF COURSE. HE WROTE, I WOULD NOT SIGN GRAHAM/CASSIDY IF IT DID NOT INCLUDE COVERAGE OF PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS, IT DOES, A GREAT BILL, REPEAL AND REPLACE. WHICH THOSE ARE THE KEY WORDS, REPEAL AND REPLACE. BECAUSE FOR DONALD TRUMP, THIS ISN'T ABOUT THE GRAHAM/CASSIDY BILL, IT'S ABOUT GETTING RID OF OBAMACARE WHICH HE HATES, PRIMARILY BECAUSE OBAMA'S NAME IS ON IT. HE LIKES TO HAVE HIS NAME ON THINGS. [ LAUGHTER ] [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] BUILDINGS, YOU NAME IT. AND AT THIS POINT HE WOULD SIGN ANYTHING IF IT MEANT GETTING RID OF OBAMACARE. HE'D SIGN COPIES OF THE KORAN AT THE BARNES & NOBLE IN FALLUJAH IF IT MEANT HE COULD GET RID OF OBAMACARE. AND THEN AFTER I ACCUSED BILL CASSIDY OF NOT TELLING THE TRUTH, THE PRESIDENT WROTE A TWEET OF SUPPORT FOR HIM PERSONALLY. SENATOR/DOCTOR BILL CASSIDY IS A CLASS ACT WHO REALLY CARES ABOUT PEOPLE AND THEIR HEALTH CARE, HE DOESN'T LIE, HE JUST WANTS TO HELP PEOPLE. I TWEETED BACK, THAT'S GREAT NEWS, MR. PRESIDENT, DOES THAT MEAN HE'LL VOTE AGAINST THE HORRIBLE BILL HE WROTE? [ LAUGHTER ] [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] I KNOW YOU WON'T FIND THIS SURPRISING. I STILL HAVEN'T HEARD BACK ON THAT. [ LAUGHTER ] LINDSAY GRAHAM, THE SENATOR WHO COWROTE THE BILL, SAID DONALD TRUMP IS FOCUSED LIKE A LACER ON HEALTH CARE. I'M GUESSING HE MEANS HE'S FOCUSED IN THE SAME WAY CATS ON YOUTUBE ARE FOCUSED ON LASERS, CHASE IT AROUND. I GUARANTEE HE DOESN'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THIS GRAHAM/CASSIDY BILL. HE DOESN'T KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MEDICARE AND MEDICAID. HE BARELY KNOWS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MELANIA AND IVANKA. [ LAUGHTER ] [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] THIS MORNING SENATOR CASSIDY, THERE'S A LOT OFIBLE IN THIS, HE WENT ON FOX NEWS TO FIGHT BACK. HE AGAIN SAID THAT I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT BECAUSE WE HAVEN'T SPOKEN FOR A YEAR, WHICH IS NOT TRUE, HE WAS ON MY SHOW FOUR MONTHS AGO. BUT I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE POINT OF SPEAKING TO HIM IS. WE SPOKE, HE TOLD ME ONE THING, HE DID ANOTHER, ARE WE SUPPOSED TO DO THAT AGAIN? PEOPLE TELL ME GIVE HIM THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT AND I DO GIVE HIM THE BENEFIT THE DOUBT — I DOUBT ALL THE BENEFITS HE CLAIMS ARE PART OF THE NEW HEALTH CARE BILL. [ LAUGHTER ] [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] BUT I DO WANT TO SAY ABOUT BILL CASSIDY, I DO ADMIRE WHAT HE'S DONE WITH MOST OF HIS LIFE. HE'S A DOCTOR, GASTROENTEROLOGIST, FOUNDED A COMMUNITY CLINIC, HE'S DONE GOOD THING. I WANT HIM TO KEEP DOING GOOD THINGS, THIS PLAN IS NOT A GOOD THING. HIS SUPPORTERS SAY, HE'S A DOCTOR, WHAT DO YOU KNOW? TO THEM I SAY, ALL OF THESE VERY REPUTABLE ORGANIZATIONS — AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION, AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY, AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION, THE LIST GOES ON AND ON, ALL OF THESE GROUPS POPULATED BY DOCTORS SAY THIS HEALTH CARE BILL IS BAD. THEY'RE AGAINST IT. WE HAVEN'T SEEN THIS MANY PEOPLE COME FORWARD TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST A BILL SINCE COSBY. OKAY? [ LAUGHTER ] [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] I MEAN, THEY CLAIM AS THE PRESIDENT DID IT PROTECTS PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. BUT IT DOESN'T GUARANTEE THEM PROTECTION. ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW IS THIS IS HOW THE VICE PRESIDENT HIMSELF DODGED THAT QUESTION THIS MORNING ON "FOX AND FRIENDS." >> YOU HAVE FOLKS LIKE JIMMY KIMMEL, THEY'RE WORRIED ABOUT THE PRE-EXISTING CONDITION THING, BECAUSE THIS WILL BE UP TO THE GOVERNORS TO DECIDE HOW THE MONEY IS DISBERZED, WHO GETS COVERAGE, EVERY STATE WILL DETERMINE WHAT'S BEST FOR THEIR FOLKS. BUT WITH THAT, CAN YOU GUARANTEE THAT THESE GOVERNORS WILL MAKE SURE PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS WILL CORNER? >> THOMAS JEFFERSON SAID, GOVERNMENT THAT GOVERNS LEAST GOVERNS BEST. WHO DO YOU THINK WILL BE MORE RESPONSIVE TO THE HEALTH CARE NEEDS IN YOUR COMMUNITY? YOUR GOVERNOR AND YOUR STATE LEGISLATURE? OR A CONGRESSMAN AND A PRESIDENT AND INN A FAR-OFF NATION'S CAPITAL? >> Jimmy: IS "NEITHER" AN OPTION? BECAUSE I WOULD PICK THAT. [ LAUGHTER ] I'M PRETTY SURE — I THINK HE TOLD US WE CAN'T TRUST THE PRESIDENT. HIS ARGUMENT, THEIR ARGUMENT THAT IS IT'S BETTER TO PUT THESE DECISIONS IN THE HANDS OF THE STATES. AND HAVE YOU SEEN SOME OF OUR STATES? IF FLORIDA COULD MAKE THEIR OWN DECISIONS, IT WOULD BE LEGAL TO BRING AN ALLIGATOR INTO A STRIP CLUB, OKAY? [ LAUGHTER ] [ APPLAUSE ] THAT DOESN'T EVEN TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE MAYBE $200 BILLION IN HEALTH CARE FUNDING THE BILL WOULD CULT. EVEN IF THEY DID GET TO DECIDE, THAT MONEY WOULD GO AWAY. 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. BUT I THINK THOSE PEOPLE FORGET, BILL CASSIDY NAMED THIS TEST AFTER ME. AM I SUPPOSED TO JUST BE QUIET ABOUT THAT? SOME OF THESE CHARACTERS THEY DRAG OUT OF THE SWAMP TO DEFEND THIS. THIS MORNING FOX HAD THE OTHER SENATOR FROM LOUISIANA, JOHN KENNEDY, NO RELATION AS YOU WILL CLEARLY SEE — [ LAUGHTER ] THIS IS WHAT HE HAD TO SAY ABOUT ME. >> OUR BIGGEST OPPONENTS APPEAR TO BE AT THIS POINT SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS AND JIMMY KIMMEL. BERNIE IS BERNIE. I DON'T KNOW MR. KIMMEL, HE'S A FUNNY GUY, BUT I DON'T THINK ANYBODY WOULD CONFUSE HIM WITH A WELL-RESPECTED HEALTH CARE EXPERT. I WOULDN'T TAKE ADVICE FROM CHARLIE SHEEN EITHER. [ LAUGHTER ] >> Jimmy: LISTEN, LADY. [ LAUGHTER ] [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY TIMES I HAVE TO SAY IT. 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. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] 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. [ LAUGHTER ] [ APPLAUSE ] BUT I UNDERSTAND THE GIST. I SHOULD NOT BE THE GUY YOU GO TO FOR INFORMATION ON HEALTH CARE. AND IF THESE GUYS, LIKE INBRED JOHN KENNEDY, 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. >> MEATLOAF, YOU'RE FIRED. >> Jimmy: OKAY? HE FIRED MEATLOAF ON TELEVISION. THEN YOU PUT HIM IN THE WHITE HOUSE. I'M GOING TO SAY IT AGAIN. IT'S MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER TO CALL YOUR SENATORS AND TELL THEM NOT TO GUT AMERICAN HEALTH CARE, NOT TO TURN THEIR BACKS ON PEOPLE WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] THIS NUMBER WILL DIRECT YOU TO YOUR SENATOR. CALL HIM OR HER. ENCOURAGE YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO CALL. LET ME KNOW HOW IT GOES.
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47 comments

  1. I don't think Kimmel enjoys talking about politics I think he reads scripts and que cards because he has to to keep getting paychecks

  2. My cousin lives abroad and we discussed this topic quite a bit. Free healthcare is not a good idea, countries have this and it lowers the quality of care you receive significantly. Taxes would raise and take away half your income (funny how we call it “free healthcare”). A competitive healthcare market (our current US market is heavily regulated) is honestly the best solution. I understand a lot of you might not understand basic fundamental economics so let me say this, competition is better in every way than raising taxes for the consumer, higher quality for lower cost.

  3. Kimmel a multimillionaire using his show as a political platform to support a failed system. You cannot keep your health care provider, you are encouraged to euthanize a loved one if their condition seems hopeless, Doctors getting out of the business? How is he an expert on health care? The Affordable Health care Act is an oxymoron even in its own name.

  4. 5:36 I’m pretty sure we’re all watching that clip wrong…don’t listen to the audio, watch the eyes! Cause no normal person can blink that amount of times so quickly, he’s definitely sending us a message in Morse code or something

  5. PLEASE KEEP TALKING BOUT THIS!!! DONT BE SILENTED WHO NEEDS TO TALK ABOUT THIS? EACH AND EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US! DO NOT BACK DOWN PLEASE JIMMY

  6. What does Jimmy's understanding of health insurance and Billy's heart have in common? A gap the size of Texas!  [laughter]
    What was going through the mind of Billy's surgeon when Jimmy walked through the door? I can finally get that yacht I wanted! [laughter]
    seriously, Mr. Kimmel, stop regurgitating the crap from politicians and talk to doctors about coverage and reimbursements, and to patients about access.  you have employer sponsored health insurance so you don't have to worry about pre-existing conditions or rising premiums.  
    1. In california, where Billy was born, poor kids born with congenital diseases are covered by Medicaid (MediCal) and CCS. so no, poor kids don't die from congenital heart disease for lack of insurance.  There is a difference between congenital conditions and pre-existing conditions.  
    2. reimbursement to doctors from Medicaid and Obamacare individual exchange plans are so low, that few doctors will accept it.  What if your premium health insurance paid the surgeon $50,000 for Billy's surgery, and MediCal paid $5000 for the same surgery on another kid?  If you were the surgeon, and you had only time for one surgery, which would you do?  If you really want all kids to have access to good healthcare, It is this huge discrepancy in reimbursement that needs to be fixed.  Democrats will talk about 20 million Americans with "insurance" thru Obamacare, but how many of them have "healthcare"? Advocate for EQUAL REIMBURSEMENTS FOR EQUAL PROCEDURES, between Obamacare/IFP/Medicaid policies and real commercial health plans, and you will guarantee that kids and adults have access to healthcare.  Your new Jimmy Kimmel test should be: does this bill make sure that Obamacare/Trumpcare reimburses doctors the same as commercial insurances (or Medicare)?  you want "access to healthcare," not "coverage."
    Lastly, Jimmy, I'm sorry you had to learn about healthcare this way.  And Billy's condition should have been picked up at the prenatal ultrasounds.

  7. Thank you, Jimmy for being the voice of morality in America. Now search "Jimmy Kimmel Guess What's In My Pants" to see something that will make Harvey Weinstein say "What the …?!?!?!"

  8. Private healthcare doesn't cover the poor, but it also undercovers the middle class. Almost everyone who survives a heart attack goes to the hospital. Some can afford it, some have great insurance, and some have medicare. For the rest, many are bankrupted because their insurance is inadequate. Others don't have insurance, and the providers make the money up on those who do, a tax that hits the middle class harder than the rich. But the providers do get their money, making US healthcare more expensive than almost anywhere else in the world, for mediocre results.
    Middle class 'conservatives' think their rates would go up with national care. The opposite is the fact. The system would care for the same number of people, but not single out the insured to be the only ones who paid. The 1% could pay a little, even. The profits of insurance companies, about 25% depending which stats you like, would be saved. England administrates their system with 5%. The cost of squeezing turnips would be saved. Huge drug company profits, often on products developed with publicly funded research, would be controlled.
    Anyone who believes in getting his money's worth should think this through for himself. Being conservative doesn't mean you have to be foolish with money, or not see the value in something because you won't look.

  9. Obamacare is unsustainable as it is subsidized illegally by profits of Fannie and Freddie. over 270 billions stolen from both publicly traded company to pay for Obamacare .

  10. Instead of replace and repeal Obamacare, which is so negative. How about reform and embellish Obamacare? The GOP has no solution to fixing Obamacare. The GOP has a vendetta with President Obama and the American people become pawns and casualties. Sad!

  11. A republican coming up with a scummy plan is impossible. Jimmy acts like he is genuinely surprised which he should be right?

  12. The people of this country are all qualified and deserve universal healthcare!!!! But the politicians in Washington are "qualified" to except money from big pharm and keep the American people hostage? Yet somehow they are also "qualified" to keep us in Afghanistan for 16 years and go from 2 to 7 wars in 8 years….and then give $700 billion more to the war machine! Really? The US has given Israel over $233 billion AND ISRAEL HAS UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE!!!!! Doesn't that seem strange? The US says healthcare is too complicated? BS

  13. It's funny that it seems that "Obamacare" was an attempt at a smearing-alias for the ACA, which partly worked, but it has been gradually working against the original intent.

  14. Hes not gonna do that… He did what now? FIRED MEATLOAF!?

    The man is a savage! A dumb savage! RIOT RIOT!

  15. I called. I pray they realize this is not a health care bill. It's bad. Rich, poor, young or old, this bill will hurt you or someone you love.

  16. I am a Licensed Isurance Agent and Jimmy you are right on the money with it comes to this healthcare bill. It' Garbage!!!!!

  17. BRAVO Jimmy Kimmel and to Senator McCain for opposing the repeal of the Affordable care Act – which should be applauded – not repealed – because it provides affordable health insurance coverage to millions of previously uninsured Americans

  18. I remember when the car companies said having to put seat belts in cars would destroy the industry. Now they compete by having the safest cars.

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