Cindy McCain thanks Kimmel for 'kind words' on John: 'God bless your sweet baby'
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Cindy McCain, the wife of Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainDon’t disrespect McCain by torpedoing his clean National Defense Authorization Act Meghan McCain rips Trump's 'gross' line about her dad Trump's America fights back MORE, thanked late-night host Jimmy Kimmel for his “kind words” about her husband after the Arizona Republican announced his opposition to the GOP ObamaCare repeal bill.

In a statement Friday, John McCain announced his opposition to the bill, co-sponsored by Republican Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenate panel advances three spending bills Trump says he will sign executive order to end family separations Trump backs narrow bill halting family separations: official MORE (S.C.) and Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyOn The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Trump floats tariffs on European cars | Nikki Haley slams UN report on US poverty | Will tax law help GOP? It's a mystery Overnight Health Care — Presented by the Association of American Medical Colleges — House passes opioid bill | Planned Parenthood sues over teen pregnancy program | Azar to face Senate next week On The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Supreme Court allows states to collect sales taxes from online retailers | Judge finds consumer bureau structure unconstitutional | Banks clear Fed stress tests MORE (La.).

“I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal. I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried," he said in a statement.

Kimmel praised McCain for his opposition to the bill, calling him a “hero.”

Kimmel has become the public face of the opposition against the Graham-Cassidy bill, sparring with Cassidy for not fulfilling his previous promise to support a bill that would pass the “Jimmy Kimmel test” by ensuring affordable care for all.


“Not only did Bill Cassidy fail the Jimmy Kimmel test, he failed the Bill Cassidy test. He failed his own test,” Kimmel said on Tuesday.

Kimmel delivered a passionate plea in favor of ObamaCare in May after revealing his son was born with a heart defect. He pushed lawmakers to find a bipartisan solution on healthcare that didn’t allow insurance companies to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions.

“No parent should ever have to decide if they can afford to save their child’s life. It just shouldn’t happen. Not here,” Kimmel said at the time.