Jimmy Kimmel and Health Care

KimmelIt’s a matter of trust. Believe it or not, more Americans trust late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel than trust GOP leaders when it comes to health care! He’s a funny guy, but this is no joke. It comes from a new poll by Public Policy Polling.

From TheHill.com:

Voters trust late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel more than Republican leaders on health care, according to a new poll.

By 47 to 34 percent, polled voters say they trust Kimmel more on the issue….

The host of ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” also has a higher favorability rating than Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).

Forty-seven percent have a favorable impression of Kimmel, with 30 percent unfavorable. McConnell is underwater with 14 percent favorable, 61 unfavorable, and Ryan has a 25-51 split.

Kimmel claimed Sen. Bill Cassidy, co-sponsor of the Graham-Cassidy health care proposal, had “lied right to my face.” Kimmel pointed out that, on his show, Sen. Cassidy said he would oppose a health-care bill in which people with preexisting conditions were not protected.  Cassidy even called his guidelines “the Jimmy Kimmel test.” The New York Times wrote, “When Kimmel discovered the Cassidy-Graham bill did not meet those requirements, he accused Cassidy of lying to his face. Cassidy shot back that Kimmel simply didn’t understand.”

According to Newsweek.com, “Kimmel has been a strong advocate of universal health care. In May, the host opened one of his monologues with emotional testimony about his son William John Kimmel, who was born in April with a serious heart condition. After sharing the story of his open-heart surgery, Kimmel made an impassioned plea about the importance of offering health care for patients with pre-existing conditions.”

Politico.com recently ran a headline that read, “Kimmel, not Cassidy, is right on health care, analysts say.” The story quoted the program director at Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families, Joan Alker, as saying –

“Kimmel did not overstate the impact,” Alker said. “If Graham-Cassidy becomes law, there is no guarantee a child born with a congenital heart defect will get the coverage they need. It would depend on where they live, but even states with good intentions would struggle to protect children with the massive cuts to Medicaid included in this bill.”

The Graham-Cassidy bill will not be voted on, but this poll could drive some interesting conversations about health care moving forward. Simply put, why do you think a late-night talk show host is more trusted than congressional leaders when it comes to health care? And do you believe that trust is well placed or misguided? Generating meaningful dialogue around the health issues making headlines is another way we are working toward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!

 

 

 

One thought on “Jimmy Kimmel and Health Care

  1. There is a reason why people trust Jimmy Kimmel more than the GOP politicians. That reason is because of our free press reporting the truth about what the GOP representatives are doing. The GOP wants to sneak through legislation that will, in effect, commit genocide on the most vulnerable in our society by taking away all social programs that are the difference between life and death for millions of people. Jimmy Kimmel has a platform for stating the truth. He has been proven to tell the truth and the GOP has been proven to lie, lie, lie.

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