Jimmy Kimmel is ecstatic about the failure of the latest Republican attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and used the top of tonight’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” to revel in the victory.
Calling the end of Graham-Cassidy a “great relief for many millions of Americans,” Kimmel said, “I haven’t been this happy about something being dead since Bin Laden.”
“And, on behalf of my family, especially my son Billy,” Kimmel continued, “I want to sincerely thank those of you who called your representatives, made your voices heard, and got involved to help smother this cruel piece of legislation.”
Kimmel added: “I bet the walls of the Oval Office are filled with dozens of tiny little fist holes today.” He also thanked the senators whose “no” votes killed the bill.
On Tuesday, Republicans cancelled a vote on the ACA repeal bill co-sponsored by Sens. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy after Maine Sen. Susan Collins joined John McCain and Rand Paul in saying she would vote against it. Congressional Republicans have been trying to pass Obamacare repeal in budget reconciliation, which requires only a simple majority of 51 including a tie-breaking vote by Vice President Mike Pence. Collins’ decision meant they could only muster 49. The reconciliation period for 2017 ends on September 30, ending GOP hopes of repealing Obamacare until the next reconciliation period in 2018.
Kimmel, meanwhile, urged viewers to fight for a better health care system. “While I am relieved that we dodged this particular bullet health care-wise,” he said, “I just want to make one more point. We need a system that provides quality, affordable health care to every Americans.”
Kimmel concluded by asking viewers to direct the energy expended to save Obamacare to the crisis in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.
Watch the whole clip above.