Jimmy Kimmel Makes A Joke Of His Plea To Politicians On Obamacare Repeal
Jimmy Kimmel returned to his late night show Monday night after taking a week off following his newborn son’s open-heart surgery and his an emotional plea to politicians to vote against the repeal of the Affordable Care Act last week.
Kimmel’s tearful plea, which he made on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” last Monday, went viral. Many, including former President Barack Obama, praised the comedian for his words, whereas many others criticized Kimmel for using his son’s health issues in a political ploy.
“I made an emotional speech that was seen by millions, and as a result of my powerful words on that night, Republicans in Congress had second thoughts about repeal and replace” of Obamacare, Kimmel began. “I saved health insurance in the United States of America!”
“What’s that? I didn’t, I didn’t save it? They voted against it anyway?” Kimmel joked.
“I’d like to apologize for saying that children in America should have health care. It was insensitive, it was offensive, and I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me,” Kimmel continued sarcastically. (RELATED: Bill Cassidy Turns Sucking Up To Kimmel Into A Guest Appearance)
During his monologue on Monday of last week, Kimmel revealed that his newborn baby had to undergo open-heart surgery after being born with a heart condition. His emotional monologue also took a political approach as Kimmel used his experience with his son as a plea to politicians before they cast their votes on the repeal of Obamacare.
“If your baby is going to die and it doesn’t have to, it shouldn’t matter how much money you make,” he said. “I think that’s something that whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat or something else, we all agree on that, right?”
Kimmel welcomed Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana to his show on Monday after the Republican that the Senate should institute the “Jimmy Kimmel Test” in the upcoming health care legislation to insure that the bill covers pre-existing health conditions in a fiscally conservative way.
“You’re on the right track,” Cassidy told Kimmel, but added that the country has to be able to pay for it.
“Don’t give a huge tax cut to millionaires like me,” Kimmel suggested.