Jimmy Kimmel celebrated the Republican senators’ decision to abandon their latest Obamacare repeal-and-replace effort on Tuesday, calling it “a day of great relief for many millions of Americans” and saying that he hadn’t “been this happy about something being dead since [Osama] bin Laden.”
Kimmel, whose son Billy had emergency open-heart surgery as a newborn in April, has been vocal about his support for comprehensive health care coverage for Americans. He’s recently campaigned hard against the latest repeal-and-replace legislation known as the Graham-Cassidy bill, telling his show’s audience that Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, one of the bill’s lead authors, had “lied right to my face” about the type of health care bill he would support.
On Tuesday, Kimmel thanked viewers for doing their part to ensure the bill wouldn’t reach a vote, while slipping in a joke about President Trump in the process.
“On behalf of my family, especially my son Billy, I want to sincerely thank those of you who called your representatives, made your voices heard, and got involved to help smother this cruel piece of legislation,” Kimmel said. “I bet the walls of the Oval Office are filled with dozens of tiny little fist holes today.”