Jimmy Kimmel's extremely fake apology is for all the haters out there
People who disagree with him on health care are "very sick and sad people" - and Newt Gingrich is "one of them", late-night host Jimmy Kimmel declared on his show Monday. "Which, I have to say, I kind of appreciate because when I was a kid, we had to drink powdered milk because we couldn't afford the liquid", said Kimmel.
After that, he said, his "dream was to become an 'out of touch Hollywood elitist'".
The Republican senator who established a new benchmark for adequate healthcare for children - called the "Jimmey Kimmel test"- appeared on the late night comic's show to urge the public to push lawmakers to amend the so-called Trumpcare replacement plan to take care of newborns. "Before 2014, if you were born with congenital heart disease, like my son was, there was a good chance you'd never be able to get health insurance, because you had a pre-existing condition", a choked-up Kimmel said in the original monologue.
And then Kimmel spoke with Bill Cassidy, the Republican senator who said he wanted to make sure that the health care bill the Senate comes up with passes the "Jimmy Kimmel test".
Before Cassidy called in to talk, Kimmel joked about last week's monologue, according to a transcript obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.
Last week Kimmel choked back tears in an emotional story about his son who underwent surgery on his heart three days after he was born.
Kimmel, however, had a suggestion for the Jimmy Kimmel test: "no family should be denied medical care, emergency or otherwise, because they can't afford it". He was thankful for the outpouring of support his family received and also for the donations received by the children's hospital that took care of his son, Billy. Needless to say, Kimmel was curious to know more.
Listen up, fam: Jimmy Kimmel is real sorry about suggesting on an episode of Live! last week that babies shouldn't be implicitly sentenced to death if their parents don't carry top-tier health insurance. Susan Collins, introduced a separate healthcare bill that proposes to keep numerous Affordable Care Act's protections in place, including those for people with preexisting conditions and eliminations of lifetime caps on insurance plans. "Gee, I wonder why we're so angry", Kimmel responded. "I won't have to pay a 3.8% tax on investment income - from a financial standpoint, this is a huge win for elitist creeps like me!" "These people who are telling you how much better your health care is going to be?"
"Hey, man, you're on the right track", Cassidy said and cited the challenge as being able to pay for it.