Late night host Jimmy Kimmel and Senator John McCain (R-AZ) have overtaken the national spotlight today, and Cindy McCain just got in on the action.
This morning, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) officially declared his unwillingness to vote in favor of the controversial Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill.
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) September 22, 2017
Kimmel, who has become the unofficial face of the resistance against Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare, tweeted out a gracious message to the key Senatorial holdout.
Thank you @SenJohnMcCain for being a hero again and again and now AGAIN
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) September 22, 2017
John McCain’s wife, Cindy McCain, then chimed in with a message that should restore our faith in humanity, if only momentarily.
— Cindy McCain (@cindymccain) September 22, 2017
This moment of kind human decency is a welcome distraction from what has become a decidedly ugly, divisive, secretive and partisan Republican campaign that ultimately amounted to stripping healthcare from 32 million Americans in an effort to undo former President Barack Obama’s key legislative achievement, the ACA (or Obamacare).
For three nights in a row, Kimmel has delivered passionate monologues imploring Senators to consider the grave consequences of the Republican-sponsored legislation. As for Senator Cassidy (R-LA), who went on Jimmy Kimmel’s show and promised to only support legislation that would pass the “Jimmy Kimmel test” only to fail that very test with his own iteration of the bill, Kimmel struck a much different tone.
“Stop using my name,” Kimmel demanded. “There’s a new Jimmy Kimmel test for you. It’s called a lie detector test.”
Sens. Cassidy and Graham’s legislation fails the “demands” that Cassidy himself promised would be met. Whereas the Senator claimed to support coverage for all, no discrimination based on pre-existing conditions, lower premiums for middle class families, and no lifetime caps, their new bill, of course, does none of those.
While Trump and Republican leadership in Congress continue their campaign to mislead, obfuscate, exploit and divide, today’s beautiful exchange is a reminder that there is, indeed, a light at the end of this tunnel.