Because he is a celebrity and has access to press coverage, and because he resists the repeal of Obamacare, Jimmy Kin]mmel gets special treatment. This treatment comes from the top Democrats and is almost like insider information. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer made sure that Mr. Kimmel received all the help he needs to attack the Graham-Cassidy health bill. Guess the Senator is making the best of a bad situation, or just making the situation badder.
As Written by John Sexton for Hot Air:
If you were wondering how Jimmy Kimmel suddenly became an instant expert on Graham-Cassidy, it turns out he had a lot of help including from Sen. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. The Daily Beast reports Kimmel has had a running conversation with Schumer and other outside experts for several weeks:
Behind the scenes, the ABC star was 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].”…
Sources close to Kimmel said he was prepared to speak out regardless, given Cassidy’s past invocation of “the Jimmy Kimmel test.” Schumer gave him encouragement to do so. The two had been in touch “periodically” over the last several months as prior legislative efforts were considered and their conversations continued when Graham-Cassidy began gaining steam. “It’s part of that continued conversation,” a source said.
Kimmel and his staff also spoke with other activists and organizations opposing Graham-Cassidy in an effort to do his due diligence and “his research,” said one person familiar with the process. People spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to speak freely.
Did this help kill the bill? There’s no way to tell for certain but it may have. It certainly set the terms of the debate over the past week and put…….
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