Jimmy Kimmel’s Emotional Weekend Over Health Care Battle


I HOPE YOU HAD A GOOD WEEKEND. I HAD AN EMOTIONAL WEEKEND, FOR SURE.
AS YOU MAY KNOW, I WOUND UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NATIONAL HEALTH CARE DEBATE AFTER — I KNOW IT’S RIDICULOUS, BUT AFTER A SENATOR, SENATOR BILL CASSIDY OF LOUISIANA WHO WAS ON MY SHOW IN MAY AND PROMISED A HEALTH CARE PLAN WOULD PASS THE JIMMY KIMMEL TEST. MY SON BILLY HAD OPEN HEART SURGERY SHORTLY AFTER HE WAS BORN. HE NEEDS TWO MORE SURGERIES AND THAT EXPERIENCE OPENED MY EYES TO HOW DIFFICULT LIFE CAN BE FOR PARENTS IN THAT SITUATION AND HOW IMPORTANT IT IS THAT FAMILIES ARE COVERED LIKE WE ARE. UNFORTUNATELY, THE PLAN SENATOR K
CASSIDY AND HIS COLLEAGUE LINDSEY GRAHAM CAME UP WITH DOES NOT SUFFICIENTLY PROTECT THOSE PARENTS OR CHILDREN OR ANYONE REALLY.
SO I CALLED HIM OUT, BECAUSE HE SAID IT PASSED THE JIMMY KIMMEL TEST.
IT’S A PERSONAL THING FOR ME. I WAS IN THREE CITIES THIS WEEKEND, AND AT A CHARITY EVENT. I MET SO MANY PEOPLE, ALMOST EVERY ONE OF THEM WAS A STRANGER, WANTING TO TELL ME THAT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT THAT OUR PRESIDENT AND HALF OUR SENATORS ARE TRYING TO KILL SAVED OR DRASTICALLY APPROVED THEIR LIVES, MEMBERS OF THEIR FAMILY’S LIVES AND/OR THEIR CHILDREN’S LIVES. THEY COME UP TO ME AND SAID, MR. FALLON, THANK YOU FOR SPEAKING OUT AND I JUST LET IT GO, BECAUSE I TALKED TO PROBABLY 200 PEOPLE, AND I HEARD THESE STORIES, SAW PICTURES OF CHILDREN WHO ARE NOT WELL. PEOPLE GOT TEARED UP. QUITE A FEW OF THEM TOLD ME THEY WERE REPUBLICANS. NOT POLITICIANS. ONLY 47% OF REPUBLICAN VOTERS APPROVE UPON GRAHAM/CASSIDY, BUT MORE THAN 90% OF REPUBLICAN SENATORS ARE LIKELY TO VOTE FOR IT. A NEW ABC NEWS POLL SAYS AMERICANS OVERALL PREFER OBAMACARE TO THIS NEW BILL, 56-33%, BUT SOME OF OUR SENATORS ARE STILL TRYING TO PASS THIS NEW BILL, BECAUSE THEY DON’T ACTUALLY CARE WHAT YOU THINK. THEY WANT YOU TO THINK WHAT THEY THINK. THAT’S WHY THEY KEEP SAYING OBAMACARE IS A DISASTER. YOU HEAR THAT WORD A LOT. OBAMACARE DEFINITELY NEEDS WORK, BUT THINK ABOUT THIS, DID ANYONE HAVE TO CONVINCE YOU HURRICANE HARVEY WAS A DISASTER? NO, BECAUSE IT WAS A DISASTER. OBVIOUSLY.
SOMEONE HAS TO KEEP TELLING YOU SOMETHING IS A DISASTER, IT PROBABLY ISN’T ONE. AND NO ONE HAS SPOKEN ABOUT THIS DISASTER THING MORE THAN DONALD TRUMP.
>>OBAMACARE IS AN ABSOLUTE DISASTER.
>>OBAMACARE IS A DISASTER.>>OBAMA CARE, A DISASTER.>>OBAMACARE IS A DISASTER.>>OBAMACARE IS A DISASTER.>>OBAMACARE IS A DISASTER.>>OBAMACARE IS A TOTAL DISASTER.>>THE DISASTER KNOWN AS OBAMA CARE.>>THE DISASTER KNOWN AS OBAMACARE.>>THE DISASTER KNOWN AS OBAMACARE.
>>OBAMACARE IS A DISASTER.>>OBAMACARE IS A DISASTER.>>THE DISASTER KNOWN AS –>>OBAMACARE!>>THAT WAS EASY.>>Jimmy: SOMEONE NEEDS TO GET THIM’ THESAURUS ALREADY. THEN ON FRIDAY, COMMON SENSE AND DECENCY PREVAILED WHEN SENATOR JOHN McCAIN OF ARIZONA WROTE IN AND PULLED A RED WEDDING ON THIS THING, SAYING HE COULD NOT SUPPORT CASSIDY GRAHAM, EVEN THOUGH IT WAS CO-WRITTEN BY ONE OF HIS CLOSEST FRIENDS. YOU KNOW HOW MANY TIMES I’VE PRETENDED TO LIKE SOMETHING JUST BECAUSE ONE OF MY FRIENDS WROTE IT? A MILLION, ALL RIGHT? SO THAT WAS BIG. AND SENATOR McCAIN’S POSITION ON THIS DID NOT GO OVER WELL WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP. HERE’S WHAT TRUMP HAD TO SAY ABOUT IT, DURING YET ANOTHER MAST UR BA TORE RALLY IN HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA ON FRIDAY.>>JOHN McCAIN CAME IN AND WENT THUMB’S DOWN AT 3:00 IN THE MORNING. I KNOW SO MUCH, FOLKS, I COULD TELL YOU. IT WAS SAD. AND WE HAD A COUPLE OF OTHER SENATORS, BUT, YOU KNOW, AT LEAST WE KNEW WHERE WE STOOD. THAT WAS LIKE REALLY A HORRIBLE THING.
HONESTLY, THAT WAS A HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE THING THAT HAPPENED TO THE REPUBLICAN PARTY.>>SAID THE HORRIBLE HORRIBLE THING THAT HAPPENED TO THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>Jimmy: HE’S NOT EVEN RIGHT. THE TRUTH IS JOHN McCAIN PROBABLY SAVED THE REPUBLICAN PARTY BY DOING THIS. BECAUSE IF YOU THINK GRAHAM/CASSIDY IS UNPOPULAR NOW, WAIT UNTIL PEOPLE HAVE TO LIVE WITH IT, OR NOT LIVE WITH IT. THEN WHO GETS BLAMED? THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. THIS IS ONE OF THE RARE MOMENTS WHEN WE ACTUALLY NEEDED CONGRESS TO DO NOTHING. WHICH IS WHAT THEY’RE REALLY GOOD AT, BY THE WAY. ANYWAY, I TWEETED MY THANKS TO SENATOR McCAIN OVER THE WEEKEND, AND THAT APPARENTLY CAUGHT THE ATTENTION OF THE FOLKS AT FOX & FRIENDS.
>>TALKING ABOUT PRAISING, IT’S PLAYING OUT EVERYWHERE, JIMMY KIMMEL IS PRAISING JOHN McCAIN, PRAISING HIM FOR BEING A HERO AGAIN AND OWN AND NOW AGAIN.>>WHO SAYS I’M NOT A SERIOUS ADVOCATE FOR HEALTH CARE REFORM? LOOK AT ALL THE CHICKEN WINGS ON THAT. [ LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE ]>>Jimmy: NOW I REALIZE MAYBE I SHOULD HAVE CHANGED MY PROFILE PICTURE BEFORE I GOT INVOLVED WITH THIS. SO ALL THE PROPAGANDA OUTLETS GOT VERY EXCITED. THEY FOUND OUT, THEY READ IN AN ARTICLE THAT I SPOKE TO SENATOR SCHUMER, WHO IS A DEMOCRAT, WHEN I WAS DOING RESEARCH AND THEY WENT NUTS. THEY CALLED ME A PAWN AND A MOUTHPIECE.
THEY SAID I WAS A PUPPET FOR THE DEMOCRATS.
THEY SAID I WAS EXTREMELY WELL ENDOWED — OH, NO ONE SAID THAT? ANYWAY, THIS IS WHAT THEY SAID.>>THINK ABOUT THIS. FOR MONTHS, A NETWORK EVENING SHOW HAS BEEN TALKING TO ONE SIDE OF THE AISLE TO GET THEIR TALKING POINTS ON A BILL. IF YOU WANT CONFIRMATION THAT THE SO-CALLED MAINSTREAM MEDIA IS THE OPPOSITION PARTY IN BED WITH THE DEMOCRATS, THERE YOU HAVE IT. HOW MUCH TALK HAS HIS STAFF HAD WITH SENATOR GRAHAM OR CASSIDY OR THE MAJORITY LEADER? PROBABLY NONE, MAYBE SOME. JIMMY KIMMEL, SHOW UP. WE’LL GET THE TALKING POINTS FROM CHUCK AND NANCY AND FIGHT THIS BILL THROUGH THE MEDIA. NO SURPRISE TO THOSE OF US WHO FEEL LIKE THE DECK IS STACKED AGAINST US IN WASHINGTON.>>Jimmy: THANK YOU MAN WITH A PONY KEG OF GEL IN HIS HAIR. IT WOULD BE EASY TO DISMISS THIS AS RIGHT-WING HYSTERIA. I NEED TO CONFESS, COME CLEAN. HERE’S WHAT HAPPENED. MY WIFE AND I WERE WORRIED ABOUT HEALTH CARE. WE DIDN’T LIKE WHAT THE REPUBLICANS WERE DOING, SO WE DECIDED TO HAVE A BABY WITH CONGENITAL HEART DEFECTS. ONCE WE HAD THAT GOING FOR US, I WENT ON TFV, I SPOKE OUT, AND WE MAY HAVE STOPPED CASSIDY GRAHAM, I STILL CAN’T BELIEVE WE PULLED IT OFF, BUT WE DID. IT’S AMAZING, ISN’T IT? [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] IT IS REALLY UNBELIEVABLE. YOU KNOW, SINCE I STARTED SPEAKING ABOUT THIS, I’VE BEEN FACT-CHECKED BY — AGAINST BILL CASSIDY BY SIX DIFFERENT ORGANIZATIONS, EVERY ONE OF THEM CAME DOWN ON MY SIDE. EVERY MAJOR HEALTH ORGANIZATION IN THE UNITED STATES IS ON MY SIDE.
EVERY MAJOR CHARITY THAT HAS TO DO WITH HEALTH AND MEDICARE IS ON MY SIDE, BECAUSE THE FACTS WERE ON MY SIDE. IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ME, IT’S JUST A MATTER OF WHAT IS TRUE AND WHAT ISN’T TRUE. ALL DAY TODAY THE SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE HAD A HEARING ON THIS BILL. THERE WERE PROTESTS IN THE HALLWAYS, HEATED EXCHANGES. AT THE END OF THE DAY, JUST ABOUT AN HOUR AND A HALF AGO, ONE OF THE TWO KEY REPUBLICAN HOLD-OUTS, SUSAN COLLINS, SENATOR FROM MAINE, SAID SHE WOULD NOT SUPPORT GRAHAM/CASSIDY, WHICH MEANS THIS BILL IS — [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>Jimmy: — ALMOST CERTAINLY DEAD, OR AT THE VERY LEAST IT’S ON LIFE SUPPORT, WHICH ISN’T COVERED, SO IT WILL BE DEAD. THANK YOU, SENATOR COLLINS. MAINE NEEDS AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE MORE THAN ALMOST ANY OTHER STATE.
THE SEWERS UP THERE ARE FILLED WITH CHILD-EATING CLOWNS. [ LAUGHTER ]
AND THE BEST NEWS IS I CAN GO BACK TO TALKING ABOUT THE KARDASHIANS.
GUYS, KYLIE’S PREGNANT! [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>Jimmy: ANYWAY, THE WHOLE THING’S BEEN A ROLLER COASTER FOR ME AND MY WIFE. DEFINITELY SOME LOW MOMENTS, BUT ON SATURDAY NIGHT, STEVIE WONDER HAD A CONCERT IN CENTRAL PARK, WHERE HE DEDICATED A SONG THAT HAPPENS TO BE ONE OF MY FAVORITE SONGS, TO MY SON.>>THIS IS FOR EVERY WONDERFUL CHILD, A YOUNG BABY BOY, BABY GIRL.
JIMMY KIMMEL, THIS IS FOR YOUR CHILD FROM ME. LET’S SING IT, ARE Y’ALL READY? LET’S GO! ♪
♪>>ONE, TWO — ♪ ♪ ISN’T SHE LOVELY ♪>>Jimmy: NICE, BUT I DON’T KNOW HOW TO TELL STEVIE MY SON IS A BOY. BUT IT’S THE THOUGHT THAT COUNTS.

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