Health care bill dead, Kimmel takes a victory lap

Late night host Jimmy Kimmel pretty much led the lobbying effort against the latest version of the bill to repeal the health insurance law in the United States.

Last night he took a victory lap, declaring it dead.

“I haven’t been this happy about something being dead since [Osama] bin Laden,” Kimmel said, calling Tuesday “a day of great relief for many millions of Americans.”

It’s unlikely the effort to repeal health care coverage is actually dead.

  • MrE85

    The latest bill’s defeat is a relief to millions of Americans. The political humiliation of its backers is a nice bonus.

    • Rob

      Yes, schadenfreude can be a good thing on occasion.

    • MikeB

      That humiliation is what fuels the Roy Moores and Steve Bannons in the political world. Things will get worse before it gets worse.

  • I thought Senator Klobuchar did a wonderful job in the CNN healthcare debate rebroadcast on MPR. It was difficult to understand the GOP position, since it seemed to consist of repeating over and over that patients would be better off under state-run block grant programs because they could hold their state politicians accountable. It boggles the mind that they could not answer the question of how care could possibly be universal and “better” with such massive funding cuts. Props to Kimmel.

    • Barton

      I hate the idea of the state-run block grant program, I admit it. But this morning on NPR, Bernard Tyson (Kaiser Permanente’s CEO) had a good point I hadn’t thought of. If states were allowed to use the money as they saw fit, places like Ohio or Indiana that are having crushing opiod addiction crises would possibly be able to use the money to address that need.

      That’s a good thought. Except I don’t really believe they’d use the money in that way, but I’d like to think they could. And of course if they did so, that would be to the detriment of others in the state….. and now I’ve talked myself out of it again.

      • Republicans in Minnesota CONSISTENTLY raided the Health Care Access Fund as part of the shell game to balance the budget and that came at the expense of MinnesotaCare.

        These are the same people who sold off the tobacco trial bonds for pennies on a dollar.

        You give them money and tell them they can spend it however they want, and they’ll find a way to divert it from the health of its citizens. History tells us that.

        • Rob

          Minnesota Exceptionalism in action.

      • Rob

        State-run block grants are only good if they still have to adhere to reasonable Fed requirements. As you probably know, the latest Health Care For None clusterf&!k would have let states opt out of some of the core elements of Obamacare, AND have block grants as well. A nasty double-edged sword.

        • Barton

          yup, and that is definitely what makes me concerned.

    • MikeB

      The GOP really does not care about effective health care delivery. They want the fund allocated elsewhere, like tax cuts for the affluent. That’s why they don’t have an answer to many of these questions. That’s why their plans cannot be exposed to the light of day, they melt.

    • I missed it. What was her bipartisan plan that’s going to get GOP support?

      • wjc

        There is no bipartisan plan that’s going to get GOP support, because the GOP has no interest in bipartisan legislation. This session of Congress is powerful evidence of that.

        • From what i could tell on Twitter she stressed a bipartisan approach. If it’s a given that it won’t work, what is her role that puts her on the same stage as someone who’s pushing single payer? I ge t it would be NICE to play the middle effectively, but isn’t that pie-in-the-sky thinking at this point?

          • Rob

            Klobuchar is scared to death of having single payer as the litmus test for Dem Prez candidates in 2020. I want to vote for her, but If she hews to the kumbaya playbook regarding healthcare, I will not support her.

          • Bernie’s Medicare at 55 would get my vote.

          • Postal Customer

            She will not be president. She simply doesn’t have it. Very few people would be excited to vote for her — possibly even fewer than who were excited for Hillary.

            Furthermore, a centrist agenda is another thing that doomed Hillary. Amy is right there in the middle with her.

          • I don’t see her as the top of the ticket, but she could be the VP candidate for someone with more pizzazz.

          • Minnesota USUALLY isn’t in play so there’s no real advantage politically to putting her there.

          • Rob

            Go, Elizabeth Warren!!

          • And I think a bipartisan approach would be a good idea, but the fact of the matter is that it is going to have to be the few remaining rational Republicans that drive it. This will require, as Kimmel suggests, hearings that really do collect data from actual knowledgeable players in the healthcare system.

          • A-Klo wants to be president and I think bipartisanship is a good idea, but I think the “all we have to do is get along” answers to policy questions isn’t going to work well in a presidential race because that’s simply not the world America lives in, even though it says it wants to be.

          • wjc

            //isn’t that pie-in-the-sky thinking at this point?

            Yes. It would be nice if that weren’t the case at some point, but right now, yes.

    • jon

      The GOP has painted themselves into a corner.

      They have no way to fix this without undoing all of their own rhetoric…

      And they know it…

      So do something, anything, call it a win is the plan… and they can’t manage to do that, because some of the members of their own party believe their rhetoric…

      They got nowhere to go, and they are running out of senators who can put their names on authored healthcare bills that will be rejected…