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Video: Jimmy Kimmel Refuses To Give Up Fight Against GOP Healthcare Bill

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For the third straight night, Jimmy Kimmel excoriated Republicans, and particularly Senator Bill Cassidy, for their widely-reviled attempt to repeal Obamacare. After Trump came to Cassidy's defense on Twitter, Kimmel hit back: "I guarantee you [Trump] doesn't know anything about this Graham-Cassidy bill," Kimmel said. "He doesn't know the difference between Medicare and Medicaid. He barely knows the difference between Melania and Ivanka."

"For Donald Trump, this isn't about the Graham-Cassidy bill, it's about getting rid of Obamacare, which he hates primarily because Obama's name is on it. He likes to have his name on things," Kimmel continued. "At this point, [Trump] would sign anything if it meant getting ride of Obamacare. He'd sign copies of the Quran at the Barnes & Noble in Fallujah if it meant he could get rid of Obamacare."

"People tell me I should give [Cassidy] the benefit of the doubt, and I do give him the benefit of the doubt," Kimmel said. "I doubt all the benefits he claims are part of his healthcare bill." Once again, Kimmel pointed out all the reputable medical organizations who have unanimously come out against the bill: "We haven't seen this many people come forward to speak against a bill since Cosby."

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As for the critics who keep telling him to keep his mouth shut and stick to entertainment, he argued, "Bill Cassidy named this test after me. Am I just supposed to be quiet about that?" In response to Louisiana Senator John Kennedy, another "jerk" who complained about him, Kimmel added, "I'm not pretending to be an expert, I'm asking why people like you aren't listening to actual experts like the American Medical Association."

On a related note, Vulture has a good piece breaking down why Kimmel's monologues this week have been so effective and moving:

Kimmel has repeatedly said he’s not a health-care expert and never pretended to be one — that he’s just a guy who’s smart enough to listen to people who are smarter than senators; that he’s never been especially political; that ultimately he’s just a father who realized that his infant son would be dead if his dad weren’t rich and famous. But it’s those four factors in combination — his self-deprecating attitude, his informed-amateur status, his past avoidance of political opinions, and his wrenching personal story — that make him so effective. That, and his natural gift for communication.

Senator Al Franken, who was one of Kimmel's guests last night and someone who knows a little something about mixing comedy and politics, agreed with that assessment: "I want to thank you for what you've been doing," he said. "Usually I don't like it when comedians get involved in politics. But when you did that monologue after your son Billy was was important, very important, probably the most important monologue you'd done, because you'd never given an important monologue before. But it really was important because it sort of laid out what the stakes are in health care, and especially now that we are seeing this last iteration of Trumpcare."

Kimmel ended his monologue asking people to call their senators and tell them "not to gut American healthcare" and turn their backs on people with pre-existing conditions. Just in case you don't have the numbers handy: