Jimmy Kimmel was on fire Wednesday night about the Graham-Cassidy bill that repeals Obamacare. And his most hilarious and most cutting remarks were saved for Fox News host Brian Kilmeade.
In response to Sen. Bill Cassidy’s claim that Kimmel’s criticism of the latest Trumpcare is because he doesn’t under stand it, Kimmel said about Cassidy, “You got caught with your GOPenis out.”
As for Kilmeade’s attack on him as a member of the Hollywood elite, Kimmel talked about how Kilmeade has sucked up to him and asked for a blurb for his book. Kimmel: “You phony little creep. I’ll pound you when I see you. … That will be my blurb for your next book.”
And on a more serious note, Kimmel talked about the importance of people calling their senators, especially if one of these Republican senators is yours:
Dean Heller (Nevada) - (202) 224-6244
Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) - (202) 224-6665
Susan Collins (Maine) - (202) 224-2523
Shelley Moore Capito (West Virginia) - (202) 224-6472
John McCain (Arizona) - (202) 224-2235
Must-see TV! Watch it below from the September 20, 2017 Jimmy Kimmel Live.
1. Long term disability
2. Medical, dental and vision coverage
3. Prescription drug coverage
4. Long term disability
5. Access to state-of-the-art company fitness center inside this skyscraper of horror. He can sure use it
6. Access to healthy menus inside the company cafeteria.
7. Business travel insurance
9. Paid sick days
10. Life insurance
Jobs that offer these benefits don’t come around often.
NOTE TO KILMEADE
Take a seat in the back of the room, and don’t say another word, you cafeteria Catholic.
Let’s keep in mind what the Right Wing really wants here, and why they’re so desperate to push this bill here and now. Let’s deal with the latter part first – they’re desperate to do this right now because in 10 days they can no longer take this action under Reconciliation – meaning that they’ll suddenly need 60 votes. (That is, unless Mitch McConnell changes that rule like he changed the other one to ram the Gorsuch gargoyle onto the Supreme Court, as Trump has begged him to do.) If they can somehow get this thing over the finish line before September 30, they don’t need to bother with talking to a single Democrat – they can just ram this thing in and have Mike Pence get Trump to sign it.
And what is it that they really want here? Do they want to reform Health Care? Do they want to make coverage more affordable? Do they want to help more Americans get the treatment they need? Of course not. This was NEVER about whether someone could be treated by a doctor, and the Right Wing couldn’t care less whether the average Joe can afford a hospital visit. As far as the Right Wing is concerned, that’s YOUR problem, not theirs. If you can’t afford treatment, then that’s a YP. The GOP has had decades to work out a way to stabilize premiums and make health care costs a more reasonable notion than the gouging we have seen in recent times. And they had all those times where they voted in vain to get rid of the ACA. People are surprised to hear that the GOP had no prepared plan for what to do to actually replace the ACA. That frankly surprises me. The point is, they never intended to replace it. They didn’t want it to exist in the first place. And more importantly, they didn’t want President Obama to get it through the Congressional Mill. But he did, and the ACA is law. And the Right Wing has been bent on getting rid of it by any means necessary from the moment it got across the finish line over 7 years ago.
It’s interesting to note, as has been stated on multiple programs over the past few days, that this bill actually doesn’t provide any real reform to the ACA. It doesn’t frankly do much of anything – other than take a mean-spirited swipe at any state that went along with the ACA and give a boon to the Right Wing governors who worked to sabotage the ACA by keeping their states out of the scenario. Oh, and it has that gratuitous kick in the teeth to Planned Parenthood too. But that’s not enough for the hardcore Right Wingers who want the bill and its architects hung from the nearest yardarm. Which is why Rand Paul is making a show of opposing it. Paul, like many Right Wingers, just wants the ACA scrapped – don’t worry about a replacement, just get rid of it and let everyone just take care of themselves like good Libertarians. As I’ve noted before, Paul’s idea was to separate the Repeal and Replace ideas, with the idea being that the ACA would be repealed in short order, but no replacement would be coming within our lifetimes. Because the real goal is just to get rid of the ACA and to punish those voters who dared to think that something could be accomplished here.
I also note that Graham and Cassidy deliberately cut off a bipartisan effort led by Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray to actually work to amend the ACA and finally provide the fixes people have talked about for years. And that would be fine, if the GOP actually wanted to do that. But they don’t. The Graham/Cassidy bill is intended to kill any bipartisan efforts and just ram a repeal through by GOP votes alone. Which would slake the Right Wing hatred of President Obama and give them that victory moment when another of the prior administration’s works get scrapped. And what’s really interesting here is that this bill still keeps a bunch of the ACA’s ideas intact – the main thing that happens is that the insurers no longer need to cover anyone and the Right Wing governors get rewards for their intransigence. And Donald Trump gets to tweet that there is no more ACA.