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Jimmy Kimmel thanks viewers for standing with him in health bill fight

Jimmy Kimmel thanked his viewers Tuesday for helping him fight against the US Senate’s latest health care repeal effort — a bill he has passionately criticized on his show.

“I haven’t been this happy about something being dead since [Osama] bin Laden,” Kimmel said, calling Tuesday “a day of great relief for many millions of Americans.”

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Senate Republican leaders said Tuesday they would be ending their latest effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

The decision came one day after US Senator Susan Collins, Republican of Maine, said she would oppose the bill, joining Senators John McCain and Rand Paul in breaking from their party on the issue. Kimmel tweeted at Collins Monday night, thanking her for putting “people ahead of party.”

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On Tuesday, Kimmel criticized President Trump for Trump’s criticism of McCain.

“The idea that Donald Trump would criticize anyone for changing his position is very rich. It’s definitely richer than he is. Donald Trump has more flip-flops than a Jimmy Buffett concert,” Kimmel said, before showing the audience his own collection of Trump flip-flop moments.

Jokes aside, Kimmel said, Americans need a better system to provide quality, affordable health care to all Americans.

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“I’m not a congressman. I don’t want to tell you how to do your jobs. But here’s how to do your jobs, OK?” Kimmel said.

“Instead of writing a bill by candlelight on a Bazooka wrapper in the back of a Senate broom closet and then lying about what it will do, try this: Hold a bunch of hearings. At those hearings, invite experts to speak. . . . Find out what’s working and what needs to be fixed, and then, follow me, then write a bill based on all the stuff you found out from them. I know it sounds crazy, but sometimes, you have to think inside the box.”

Felicia Gans can be reached at felicia.gans@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @FeliciaGans.
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