Late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel tried rebranding ObamaCare as TrumpCare on his show this week to see how President Trump’s supporters and other conservative opponents of the legislation would react.
“Yesterday, I was looking at the White House website, Healthcare.gov specifically, and I have to admit the health-care plan there isn’t bad, it’s actually pretty good,” Kimmel said “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” referring to the website that allows Americans to sign up for ObamaCare.
“So last night, I encouraged people, even liberals who don’t like Trump, to think about signing up for TrumpCare, at the very least, take a look at it,” he continued.
Kimmel went on to showcase praise he had received from ObamaCare opponents on social media.
“If you care about health care, go to Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDems win from coast to coast Falwell after Gillespie loss: ‘DC should annex’ Northern Virginia Dems see gains in Virginia’s House of Delegates MORE‘s website, Healthcare.gov, sign up. According to The Washington Post … the first week of TrumpCare has been a huge success, a record number of people have signed up, twice as many as ObamaCare,” he said.
Kimmel has emerged as a major voice in the health-care debate this year, pointing to his own infant son, who was born with a congenital heart defect requiring extensive care, as an example of a health-care recipient who could lose coverage under Republican ObamaCare repeal and replace efforts.
Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) coined the “the Jimmy Kimmel test” in May when he pledged not to support a repeal proposal that would not shield patients with pre-existing conditions from a loss of coverage or high out-of-pocket costs.
The comedian hit Cassidy in September after the senator proposed legislation with Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamCNN to air sexual harassment Town Hall featuring Gretchen Carlson, Anita Hill Trump wrestles with handling American enemy combatants Flake: Trump’s call for DOJ to probe Democrats ‘not normal’ MORE (R-S.C.), which Kimmel said did not meet Cassidy’s original standard.
“On health care, Cassidy flunks his own ‘Jimmy Kimmel test,’ ” Kimmel said.
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