Jimmy Kimmel thanks McCain on Twitter for stand on health bill

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It will be a no from Senator John McCain. The Republican from Arizona issued a statement saying that he will vote no on the Obamacare repeal bill. Elizabeth Keatinge (@elizkeatinge) has more. Buzz60

After the Arizona Sen. John McCain confirmed Friday he would not support the GOP’s latest health-care bill, late-night host Jimmy Kimmel thanked the senator on Twitter, capping Kimmel’s high-profile week of publicly opposing the bill. 

McCain posted his decision on the Graham-Cassidy health-care bill on Twitter on Friday morning. Analysts say his opposition could doom the legislation if it comes to a vote in the U.S. Senate.

The proposal would repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with block grants to states, which would have a larger role in determining coverage rules. Some analyses say Arizona stands to lose billions in funding Medicaid, which was expanded under the ACA in the state. Concerns also have been raised about whether premiums would skyrocket for people with pre-existing conditions.

Kimmel joined conversation on health-care reform after his son Billy was born in April with congenital heart disease. In a monologue at the start of a “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” episode in May, the comedian said any bill introduced should care for children born with a pre-existing condition so their families would not be bankrupted by medical bills. 

This standard was coined by Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., co-author of the latest bill, as the “Jimmy Kimmel Test” during an appearance on the show. Cassidy promised that any bill he pushed would pass this test.

But when Graham-Cassidy was introduced, Kimmel said Cassidy had lied “right to my face,” and called the bill a scam. 

For the past week, Kimmel has been making national headlines with his attacks on the bill, including in his show’s opening monologue for three nights. His show airs on ABC15 in Phoenix at 10:30 p.m.

“Last night on our show … a senator from Louisiana, Bill Cassidy, I took him to task for promising to my face that he would oppose any health-care plan that allowed insurance companies to turn people with pre-existing conditions away and any health-care plan that had an annual or lifetime cap on how much they would pay out for medical care,” Kimmel reminded his audience Wednesday.

“He said anything he supported would have to pass what he named the ‘Jimmy Kimmel Test,’ which was fine. It was good, but unfortunately, and puzzlingly, he proposed a bill that would allow states to do all the things he said he would not let them do.”

“He made a total about-face,” Kimmel added, “which means he either doesn’t understand his own bill, or he lied to me.”

Kimmel was not the only person who took to Twitter in response to McCain’s decision. Sen. Lindsey Graham, the bill’s other co-author, is a well-known friend of McCain.

The senator posted a series of tweets after McCain’s statement was released, saying he “respectfully disagree(s)” with McCain, but reaffirmed “my friendship with @SenJohnMcCain is not based on how he votes but respect for how he’s lived his life and the person he is.”

USA Today contributed to this article.

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