Apparently, decisions about how to reform the nation’s $3.2 trillion health care system must now win the approval of a late-night comedian who once hosted “The Man Show,” which featured girls in bikinis bouncing on trampolines. Well, if health care reform has to face the “Jimmy Kimmel test” to be morally acceptable, why isn’t he denouncing ObamaCare?
For those who don’t know, Kimmel became the reigning expert on health reform because his newborn son was born with a heart defect. All Kimmel had to do was give a tearful monologue that included a plea: “If your baby is going to die and it doesn’t have to, it shouldn’t matter how much money you make. I think that’s something that whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat or something else, we all agree on that, right?”
Kimmel went on to say that “no family should be denied medical care, emergency or otherwise, because they can’t afford it.”
Voila, the “Jimmy Kimmel test” was born. Unfortunately, it was Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy who coined that phrase, and promised that any ObamaCare replacement plan approved by the GOP would pass this new, amorphous test.
So, when Cassidy’s bill, co-authored by Sen. Lindsey Graham, came out, an anxious nation wondered: How would Kimmel rule? Not surprisingly, Kimmel’s answer was that Cassidy’s bill failed the JKT.