Kimmel's take on health care harder to refute

Kimmel's take on health care harder to refute

Republicans, for the most part, have been unable to win over the support of these industry groups, which largely opposed every variation of the Senate's repeal bills and the bill the House passed in May.

In their haste to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the GOP ignores the progress made by developed countries in reducing health care costs and improving outcomes for patients. It would also undo penalties for employers if they don't provide health insurance for their employees.

The support of governors is crucial to the passage of the bill because not only do they have influence over the senators representing their states, but the Graham-Cassidy proposal would shift enormous responsibilities to their governments. Instead, it would give the money saved to the states and let them decide how to spend it.

But the general consensus was that the damage to the state's health infrastructure, and all-around economy, would be deep.

You can tell what Kimmel is doing is working because of the vehemence with Republican politicians and conservative media outlets have responded.

"As I have repeatedly stressed, health care reform legislation ought to be the product of regular order in the Senate", he said in a statement. Bill Cassidy, R-Louisiana, and Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, is not a repeal of the 2010 health care law.

Cassidy dubbed it the "Jimmy Kimmel test". The National Review scoffed at a comedian holding himself out as an authority on healthcare, even though Kimmel has been careful to present himself all along as a parent with an oversized microphone, not an expert. It eliminates the federal health insurance exchange; gets rid of the individual mandate that requires people to buy insurance, along with the subsidies that help people pay for a policy; and ends the expansion of Medicaid.

"This guy, Bill Cassidy, just lied right to my face", Kimmel said.

Trump also expressed hope that Republican senators will vote for their bill, and fulfill a promise of repealing Obamacare that they campaigned on for eight years. "Money direct to States!" he wrote on Twitter. Senator Rand Paul opposes it and at least six others are undecided: John McCain, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan, Rob Portman and Jerry Moran. Republicans are rushing to beat a September 30 procedural deadline.



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