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Video: Jimmy Kimmel Responds To Conservative Conspiracy Theories About His Healthcare Advocacy

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After devoting multiple shows last week to excoriating Republicans, and particularly Senator Bill Cassidy, for their widely-reviled attempt to repeal Obamacare, Jimmy Kimmel took a long exhale last night while discussing the seeming defeat of the Graham-Cassidy bill after senators Susan Collins and John McCain said they wouldn't vote for it. "That means this bill is almost certainly dead, or at the very least, on life support. Which won't be covered," he said. "Now I can go back to talking about the Kardashians!"

But before that, Kimmel recounted his "emotional" weekend meeting hundreds of people who have benefitted from Obamacare, and responded to conservative attacks claiming that he was a Democratic shill. "It would be easy for me to dismiss this at right wing hysteria," Kimmel said after showing a Fox and Friends clip in which he was described as a "puppet" for the Democrats. "I need to come clean. Here's what happened: my wife and I were worried about health care, we didn't like what Republicans were doing, so we decided to have a baby with congenital heart defects. Once we had that going for us, I went on TV, I spoke out, and we may have stopped Graham-Cassidy. I still can't believe we pulled it off."

He continued more seriously: "It's really unbelievable," he said. "Since I started speaking about this, I've been fact checked against Bill Cassidy by at least six different organizations. Every one of them came down on my side. Every major health organization in the United States is on my side. Every major charity that has to do with health and Medicare was on my side, because the facts were on my side. It has nothing to do with me. It's just a matter of what's true and what isn't true."