Comedian Jimmy Kimmel on his show Monday night joked that he seems to have stopped the Republican Party's latest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
"I think I need to come clean. Here's what happened: So my wife and I were worried about healthcare. We didn't like what the Republicans were doing," he said on his late-night show "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on ABC.
"So we decided to have a baby with congenital heart defects. And then once we had that going for us, I went on TV, I spoke out, and we may have stopped Cassidy-Graham. I still can't believe we pulled it off, but we did," Kimmel said.
"It's amazing, isn't it?"
He added that "since I started speaking about this, I've been fact-checked against Bill Cassidy by at least six different organizations. Every one of them came down on my side. Every major health organization in the United States is on my side, every major charity that has to do with health and Medicare is on my side, because the facts were on my side — it has nothing to do with me. It's just a matter of what's true and what isn't true."
Kimmel then offered some praise for Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and John McCain of Arizona for not supporting the bill. Those two, along with Kentucky's Sen. Rand Paul, prevent the GOP from passing the bill unless they reach across the aisle.
"John McCain probably saved the Republican Party by doing this," Kimmel said. "This is one of the rare moments where we actually needed Congress to do nothing, which is what they're really good at."
He added that "The whole thing has been a roller coaster for me and my wife," and joked that now he'll return to "talking about the Kardashians."