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 McCainCongress must use bipartisan oversight as the gold standard The Hill's Morning Report — Ford, Kavanaugh to testify Thursday as another accuser comes forward Trump hits McCain on ObamaCare vote 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 GrahamGOP opens door to holding Kavanaugh committee vote this week Press: Judge Kavanaugh must withdraw Kavanaugh: 'I will not be intimidated into withdrawing' MORE (S.C.) and Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyOvernight Health Care: GOP plays defense over pre-existing conditions | Groups furious over new Trump immigration proposal | Public health advocates decry funding transfer over migrant children Overnight Health Care: Opioids package nears finish line | Measure to help drug companies draws ire | Maryland ObamaCare rates to drop Overnight Health Care: HHS diverts funds to pay for detaining migrant children | Health officials defend transfers | Lawmakers consider easing drug company costs in opioids deal 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.