Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon Criticize Trump's USA Today Op-Ed

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The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon; Jimmy Kimmel Live

Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon both touched on Donald Trump's op-ed for USA Today on Wednesday's episodes of their late-night talk shows.

The op-ed criticized a health care proposal from Democrats called Medicare for All. "The Democrats' plan means that after a life of hard work and sacrifice, seniors would no longer be able to depend on the benefits they were promised," Trump wrote in the piece.

Trump ignored any positive outcomes related to the health care plan and wrote that it "would end Medicare as we know it and take away benefits that seniors have paid for their entire lives."

The op-ed received criticism from Democrats, including Sen. Bernie Sanders. "No, Mr. President. Our proposal would not cut benefits for seniors on Medicare. In fact, we expand benefits," he said.

Sanders' plan for the new health care initiative would grant all Americans access to government insurance with no copays or deductibles for medical services.

On Jimmy Kimmel Live, the host introduced the topic by saying, "Donald Trump was in the fake news today."

After informing his audience about the op-ed, Kimmel asked, "Are any of you staying at a Holiday Inn Express and maybe you saw it?"

"I have to say this op-ed really makes me mad because in it, Trump blasts what he calls the Democrats' Medicare for All policy, while really, truly claiming that he kept a promise to protect coverage for those with pre-existing conditions," said Kimmel. 

He quoted a paragraph from the op-ed in which Trump claims that he has kept his promise to lower insurance premiums for people with pre-existing conditions. "You didn't keep that promise. That promise was forced on you because John McCain gave you the finger, and so you weren't able to not keep that promise."

"And yes, rates will go down in some states, but they would've gone down even further in all states if you and your buddies hadn't spent the last year trying to cripple the plan we have now," he said. "This is like claiming you save people from drowning after you put a hole on the side of the ship. It's just a lie."

Kimmel then criticized the Republicans running in the upcoming midterm elections. "Republicans running in the election, for whatever reason, are putting all their eggs in daddy Donald's basket," he said. "Their strategy — this is true, according to a Republican campaign operator — is to 'Trump' people to death. This is their strategy for the midterms. It's also their health care policy."

"It's amazing. In 10 years we went from 'Yes we can' to  'Trump people to death,'" he said. "Trump is telling his supporters that when you vote for Congress in November, pretend he's the one on the ballot. That's also what the Democrats are telling their supporters."

Over on The Tonight Show, Fallon briefly touched on the subject.

"Trump's been busy this morning. He published a USA Today op-ed about health care," he began. "A lot of people are saying it had several factual errors. Turns out a pharmacist isn't someone who works on a farm and shingles isn't a tube of potato chips."