[Courtesy Rebeka Rodriguez/ Yerba Buena Center for the Arts]

Jimmy Kimmel talks health care, not comedy

Is Jimmy Kimmel running for something or simply a concerned citizen and dad?

The website PolitiFact, a non-partisan fact-checking organization affiliated with journalism’s Poynter Institute, offers its take on the late-night host (whose infant son Billy famously received life-saving open-heart surgery days after he was born in April) and whose monologue Tuesday zeroed in on efforts to get rid of the Affordable Care Act.

Kimmel went to town dissecting a bill by Republican senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, saying it failed on four points: First, it would kick 30 million Americans off insurance; second, it would allow insurers to charge more for people with pre-existing conditions; third, it would result in higher premiums; and fourth, it would allow insurers to set a limit on how much they will pay for a person’s care in the course of their lifetime.

PolitiFact’s summation, after a point-by-point explanation (and done without an estimate of the bill’s impact from the Congressional Budget Office) is: “Kimmel goes too far in his criticisms,” but he has grounds for concern. “Protections under Obamacare have been replaced with squishier state options. There would be less money for health care, and while some would argue that states can do more with less, life might not turn out that way.”

O’DONNELL APOLOGIZES

MSNBC anchor Lawrence O’Donnell is sorry for screaming at his co-workers.

On Wednesday, he apologized after a juicy clip leaked of him berating his staff while taping his news show in August.

“A better anchorman and a better person would’ve had a better reaction to technical difficulties,” O’Donnell wrote on Twitter. “I’m sorry.”

In the video, published by Mediaite, O’Donnell has a meltdown, saying at one point: “Crazy f—ing sound coming in my ear, this f—ing stupid hammering.”

While fascinating, the flip out, as TMZ points out, isn’t as good as the infamous one by Bill O’Reilly, which was live on “Inside Edition.”

QUICK TAKES

At 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 22, artist Ana Teresa Fernández will unveil her impressive installation facing San Francisco’s Excelsior District composed of 10-foot-high block letters spelling out “DREAM.” The event at Alemany Farmer’s Market — a good spot for viewing the sculpture on the hill above — includes comments from Deborah Cullinan, CEO of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, which co-commissioned the project, and Michael Essien, principal of Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School. A performance of “Big Dreams,” a song by MLK middle-schoolers, is also slated.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Singer Jason Derulo is 28. … Violinist Lindsey Stirling is 31. … Musician Liam Gallagher is 45. … Actor Luke Wilson is 46. … Actress Ricki Lake is 49. … Singer Faith Hill is 50. … Writer-producer Ethan Coen is 60. … Actor Bill Murray is 67. … Author Stephen King is 70. … Author-comedian Fanny Flagg is 76.

— Staff, wire reports

 

Dream, an installation by Ana Teresa Fernández, is being unveiled on Sept. 22 at Alemany Farmer's Market in The City. (Courtesy Gizmo Art Production/ Ariya Bunyapamai)

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