Jimmy Kimmel might have been briefly forgotten amidst the hoopla surrounding Jimmy Fallon’s ascension to The Tonight Show throne. Last night, Kimmel reminded audiences both how a comedian can speak truth to power and that Jay Leno’s legacy of mocking ObamaCare might live on.
On Tuesday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, the host asked his audience members to raise their hands if they had signed up for President Barack Obama’s signature health care reform.
Not a single hand went up to the TV viewing audience.
That made Kimmel laugh.
“Well, they claim that more than 3 million people have now signed up on healthcare.gov website. Maybe they have. I don’t know,” he said. “Whatever you think of universal health care, the whole thing definitely hasn’t been working as well as it should be …”
The audience’s reaction–and Kimmel’s apparent glee–served as a perfect segue to a prepared bit mocking ObamaCare’s calamitous rollout. The show debuted a new, government-run health care web site which promises to work far better than the bug-ridden HealthCare.gov.
The new site is ridiculously complicated, and the poor sap who attempts to sign on gets increasingly frustrated, and sicker, as the clip moves along.
The sketch ends with him being carried in a coffin with Obama’s campaign logo emblazoned on the screen.
Somewhere, Leno is chuckling up his sleeve.