For the third night in a row, late-night host Jimmy Kimmel ripped into the latest Republican effort to repeal ObamaCare, taking direct aim at President Trump by saying he would “sign anything if it meant getting rid of ObamaCare” after the president defended Sen. Bill Cassidy (La.), who co-sponsored the bill.
“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. … At this point he would sign anything if it meant getting rid of ObamaCare. He’d sign copies of the Koran at the Barnes and Noble in Fallujah, if it meant he could get rid of ObamaCare.”
“I would not sign Graham-Cassidy if it did not include coverage of pre-existing conditions. It does! A great Bill. Repeal & Replace,” Trump wrote on Twitter, referring to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Cassidy’s legislation.
Kimmel suggested that Trump doesn’t know what’s in the bill.
“I guarantee [Trump] 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,” Kimmel said.
“I see these comments from these angry people, that say ‘What qualifies you to talk about this stuff, you’re a comedian — go back to being not funny,’” Kimmel said. “I feel like it’s my duty to remind these people who are so concerned about my qualifications: The guy you voted for President — his job qualification? Was this: He fired Meatloaf. And you put him in the White House.”
“So, I’m going to say it again, it is more important than ever: Call your senators and tell them not to gut American health care, not to turn their backs on people with pre-existing conditions. Call him or her, encourage your friends and family to call too, and let me know how it goes.”