Schumer Coached Kimmel on How to Oppose Obamacare Repeal

(Daily Caller News Foundation) Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s office offered Jimmy Kimmel “technical guidance” to assist the talk show host in his vendetta against Republicans’ most recent attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare.

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Schumer’s office “provided technical guidance and info about the bill, as well as stats from various think tanks and experts on the effects of [Graham-Cassidy],” a source familiar with their conversations told the Daily Beast.

Kimmel, who thrust himself into the health care debate by broadcasting his son’s medical issues in May, has established himself as an influential voice in the fight against the Obamacare repeal effort.

Kimmel chastised Cassidy during three successive episodes of ABC’s “Late Night With Jimmy Kimmel,” for his sponsorship of the Cassidy-Graham bill. Kimmel argued Cassidy failed to follow through on his vow to only support legislation that ensures care for seriously ill infants like Kimmel’s son, a vow Cassidy made during a recent appearance on ABC’s “The Jimmy Kimmel Show.”

“This guy, Bill Cassidy, just lied right to my face,” Kimmel said before airing his May interview with the senator. “Stop using my name,” Kimmel said Tuesday night.

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“He said he would only support a healthcare bill that made sure a child like mine would get the health coverage he needs, no matter how much money his parents make,” Kimmel added.

Following his son’s open heart surgery, which he described in an emotional on air argument against Obamacare repeal, Kimmel researched health care policy in preparation for his impending high profile role in the national debate.

“Jimmy wanted to learn more about what was going on politically and policy-wise,” a source with direct knowledge of the conversations told the Daily Beast, “[and] he wanted to fight this thing.”

Kimmel planned to speak out on the issue because of Cassidy’s frequent invocation of the “Kimmel rule,” which Cassidy employed to refer to his support for legislation that would not jeopardize care for infants born with life threatening conditions.

Schumer spoke with Kimmel “periodically” in the months since he entered the health care fray, and ultimately encouraged Kimmel to address the perceived inconsistency between Cassidy’s on-air pledge and his legislative agenda.

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The bill eliminates Medicaid expansion and insurance subsidies and block grants the available funding to the states. It is unlikely to pass as Sen. John McCain of Arizona announced his definitive opposition to the bill Friday.

McCain joins Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky in opposition to the bill, which requires 50 votes to pass under budget resolution rules.

Kimmel praised McCain for his opposition to the bill.

McCain attributed his opposition to procedural issues, once again citing his desire for regular order, rather than the more partisan adoption of budget resolution rules, which allow the bill to pass with a simple majority.

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  • Born in the South and proud

    McCain is totally hopeless. The people of AZ. need to recall his dumb butt.

  • Helene Moeck

    Another Hollywood fool who,should keep his mouth shut. And chuck schumer is another liberal idiot who,should be voted out of of office. CAN YOU SAY TERM LIMITS! Would kimmel be opening his mouth if his son wasn’t born withnamhea t condition.

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  • Blues Man

    If Obama care is so Awesome, then why doesn’t Jimmy and Chuck use it ?? The answer is simple, “It Sucks!”. Trump should call everyone’s bluff and declare that every Government employee, including Congressmen and Senators MUST user Obama care AND cannot subsidize it with additional insurance that they pay for to supplement what Obama care doesn’t cover.
    Lets see how vocal they are when that happens. All Hypocrites! Go back into your mansions, behind your fences and walls and security cameras! Do you think we don’t notice?
    Cough up your homes for the poor and the refuge! Adopt them! Share your wealth……..Income Equality!…..I didn’t think so!
    Now go back to reading your scripts and make believe you’re actually Good people.

  • Maxy padded cells

    Can anyone else see how this is going to turn out? Kimmel’s kid will take a turn for the worse and it will be America’s fault. He will run the country into the ground worse than he is now.

  • 27633171

    What a surprise !!!!! Another Hollywood SLUG being coached by the Socialist Democrats. WHO WOULD HAVE THUNK IT ? Here’s a CREEP who makes millions of dollars a year by acting like a FOOL while complaining about ” Health Care “. I’m quite sure he doesn’t have to search for a doctor who will accept medicaid or medicare when he or one of his family members become ill. Just remember folks, these people will never have to take a folding chair with them to stay in the line to see a doctor. That’s for the ” Little People ” who have to depend on Socialized Medicine that will be provided by a bunch of politicians who will never have to be in one of those lines either.

  • Sue

    Kimmel has a high deductible AHCA policy? He pays Much of his income each month for healthcare making it barely affordable to pay for the necessary things in life? He needs to go back to the early 90’s and take a look at Hil-liar-ys’ plan. His infants open heart procedure would have been denied and he would be screaming at the top of his lungs that its’ death could have been prevented if had been a “covered” condition. My gosh, there is an obscenely large portion of the population that sufferers from politically imposed amnesia. The more the government is involved in healthcare the longer the wait will be for necessary immediate treatment. Cradle to grave control is NOT the governments job.

  • jcrawdad

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