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Jimmy Kimmel Thanks Senator Collins For ‘Putting People Ahead Of Party’

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Katie Jerkovich Entertainment Reporter

Jimmy Kimmel stepped into the health care debate once again as he praised Republican Senator Susan Collins for her no vote against Graham-Cassidy bill.

“Thank you @SenatorCollins for putting people ahead of party,” the 49-year-old ABC talk show host tweeted Monday, after news broke that Collins would vote against the Republican’s bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. (RELATED: Jimmy Kimmel Reveals His Newborn Son Had Open Heart Surgery)

Screen Shot Jimmy Kimmel On Charlottesville (ABC: Aug 15, 2017)

Screen Shot Jimmy Kimmel On Charlottesville (ABC: Aug 15, 2017)

“We are all in your debt,” he added.

It was one of many comments the host of the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” has made since weighing into the debate when he shared during his show earlier this year that his newborn son had undergone open heart surgery.

Last week, Kimmel’s opening monologue went after Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy for “lying to him” about what was in the Graham-Cassidy bill.

The talk show host recalled inviting Cassidy on his show a few months back after Kimmel’s son had undergone the surgery. He told his audience that the senator said he would only back a health care bill that passed the “Jimmy Kimmel Test,” meaning that “no family should be denied medical care, emergency or otherwise because they can’t afford it.”

Kimmel then shared that the new bill didn’t pass this test, “With this bill, your child with a pre-existing condition will get the care he needs if and only if his father is Jimmy Kimmel. Otherwise, you might be screwed.”

“So, Listen. Healthcare is complicated. It’s boring,” he added. “I don’t want to talk about it, and the details can be exceptionally confusing. And that’s what these guys are relying on. They’re counting on you to be so overwhelmed by all the information–you just trust them to take care of you.”

“Most of the Congresspeople who vote on this bill probably won’t even read it,” he continued. “And they want us to do the same thing. They want us to treat it like an iTunes service agreement. And this guy, Bill Cassidy, just lied right to my face.”