Last week I posted the article in Lanterns Buzz: Random Thoughts from a Rambling Mind. In one of my thoughts under the subtitle “How much do you or your friends know about:”
Late night talk show host, Jimmy Kimmel’s view on the latest proposed health care coverage bill. I’m curious as to where he gets his information on the details included?
His Tuesday monologue:
What struck me was that so many of the “facts” that Kimmel presented were the same half truths that you hear from so many of the Democrats or from the headlines from the Trump hating Washington Post. “Facts” such as stating how many would be losing their healthcare (coverage) or how much money will be lost from that care. Ignoring the truth that people will no longer be forced, by threat from the government, to purchase the government’s chosen plans and can then pursue other options for care or the fact that some of the responsibilities from the federal government will be given to the states.
What ever happened to the late night talk shows being about entertainment?
Well the truth has come out, it seems that Jimmy Kimmel and his staff have been working with none other than the Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer for their talking points.
Headline from a Daily Beast article: Jimmy Kimmel Got a Hand From Chuck Schumer in His Fight Against Obamacare Repeal. The article states that:
Behind the scenes, the ABC star was (for the last two months) getting an assist. Kimmel and his team were in touch with health care officials, charities and advocacy groups, multiple sources told The Daily Beast. He also was in touch with the office of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y) who, according to a source familiar with their conversations, “provided technical guidance and info about the bill, as well as stats from various think tanks and experts on the effects of [Graham-Cassidy].”
If you read the entire article you will note that the Daily Mail is very much sympathetic to Jimmy Kimmel and his stance but you will also notice that not once did anyone seek information from those that support the bill.
I think it’s time we stop using comedians in setting our national policy