Jimmy Kimmel fired back at Republican senators and media sources supporting the proposed Graham-Cassidy health care bill in what the talk show host described as "round three" of his verbal battle with those in favor of the GOP's latest attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (video below).
On the Sept. 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.
"For Donald Trump, this isn't about the Graham-Cassidy bill," Kimmel adds in the video. "This is about getting rid of Obamacare, which he hates primarily because Obama's name is on it and he likes to have his name on things: buildings, vodka, you name it. At this point he would sign anything if it 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."
A graphic on the screen behind Kimmel then displays over 20 names of prominent health care groups like the American Heart Association, Kaiser Permanente, Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, and the AARP.
"All of these groups populated by doctors say this health care bill is bad," explains Kimmel. "They're against it. We haven't seen this many people come forward to speak out against a bill since Cosby."
Nonetheless, he says that he wants his listeners to heed the advice of those who are and call their senators to oppose the bill, which gives discretionary power on issues such as coverage of pre-existing conditions back to the states.
Kimmel's 4-month-old son, Billy, has had health problems since birth and had to undergo open heart surgery in April, notes Us Magazine.
Since then, the comedian has become increasingly outspoken about his thoughts on health care and has gone back and forth with Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, who said previously that he would introduce a health care bill that would pass what he called "the Jimmy Kimmel test."
"Before you post a nasty Facebook message saying I'm politicizing my son's health problems, I want you to know: I am politicizing my son's health problems because I have to," Kimmel said on Sept. 19's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," according to Us Weekly. "My family has health insurance we don't have to worry about this, but other people do. So, you can shove your disgusting comments where your doctor won't be giving you a prostate exam once they take your health care benefits away."