ere we go again…
Like an oozing zombie that just won’t stay dead, the newest iteration of the Republican healthcare bill is once more shuffling its way through the halls of Congress. Republican senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy ushered in this shambling, shuddering morass of legislative refuse, prompting talk show host Jimmy Kimmel to once more lay down the proverbial smackdown.
So, what exactly did he have to say about it?
It all started five months ago, when the Republicans created their first version of the now aptly-termed 'zombie' healthcare bill.
They wanted to ‘repeal and replace’ the Affordable Healthcare Act, more commonly known as Obamacare. This was a central part of President Donald Trump’s campaign and a promise 7 years in the making. The Republicans reeeaally wanted to pass this bill.
That didn't mean people wanted it, though...
In fact, survey upon survey has shown that large numbers of Americans are not in favor of repeal and replace. The Affordable Care Act is the single biggest legislative change to the American healthcare system in half a century – and, some would argue, the most positive one. It has afforded millions of Americans access to healthcare.
People do not want to give it up.
In fact, many had strong reactions to the bill.
And once others read the fine print, they were livid. Obamacare made healthcare affordable to majority for the first time in years. Many people now had access to healthcare they’d never had before because of pre-existing conditions or exorbitant premiums, not to mention lifetime caps on insurance.
Enter, Jimmy Kimmel.
His newborn son Billy had just been diagnosed with a congenital heart condition requiring open heart surgery. He would need many more surgeries in the coming months and years. The Affordable Healthcare Act was essential for children like him.
Which meant Kimmel was NOT having it with that bill
In a tearful 13-minute monologue, Kimmel lambasted repeal and replace, stating ‘If your baby is going to die and it doesn’t have to, it shouldn’t matter how much money you make.’ The bill died on the Senate floor. People thought it was over and done with.