Jimmy Kimmel Doesn't Mince Words In Call For All Americans To Become More Health Care Literate

"We can’t let them do this to our children."

Congress has until September 30 to replace Obamacare with just a 51-vote majority, and the latest effort senators have put forward is the Graham-Cassidy bill — a piece of legislation championed by GOP Senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana.

Though the Graham-Cassidy Bill has yet to be scored by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), those who have already said they won't support it warn that it stands to negatively impact millions of Americans. According to The Washington Post, the bill would eliminate Medicaid expansion and subsidy funding by 2027. That means individuals who rely on Medicaid and subsidies to afford adequate medical care would be left without it.


The publication also notes the Graham-Cassidy bill would eliminate both the individual and employer mandates, resulting in a drastic reduction in the number of Americans who will have healthcare coverage. In addition, Politico reports states will be allowed to change what qualifies as an essential health benefit and not cover costs associated with some pre-existing conditions while also charging older Americans more and maintaining the possibility of instating lifetime caps.

In a statement released earlier this week,16 patient groups including the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association, and March of Dimes criticized the bill. "This bill would limit funding for the Medicaid program, roll back important essential health benefit protections, and potentially open the door to annual and lifetime caps on coverage, endangering access to critical care for millions of Americans," the organizations said in a statement.

Another vocal critic has been talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, who became an unexpected player in the healthcare debate back in May when he revealed via a moving monologue that his son Billy was born with a congenital heart defect. Sen. Cassidy appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! days later and coined the "Jimmy Kimmel Test," which asks, "Will a child born with a congenital heart disease be able to get everything she or he would need in that first year of life?" but Kimmel says that, months letter, it's clear that Cassidy's own bill doesn't measure up.

In the monologue from his September 19 show, Kimmel admitted that health care is not his area of expertise — rather, he said pizza is. But he said suggested it was time for ordinary Americans to look up from their phones and become health care advocates.

"We can't let them do this to our children, and our senior citizens, and our veterans, or to any of us," he said. "And by the way, 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. My family has health insurance. We don't have to worry about this. But other people do."


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