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GOP Senator: I Want Our Health Care Bill to ‘Pass the Jimmy Kimmel Test’

Even though Republican House members celebrated with President Donald Trump after narrowly passing their Obamacare replacement plan yesterday, GOP senators immediately rained on their parade, letting it be known that they were going to write up their own legislation and that the House bill likely won’t even make it to the Senate floor.

And it would appear that if one Republican senator has his say, the Senate bill will have the approval of a certain late-night TV host who has received a lot of attention lately.

Asked this morning on CNN if he could support a bill that would place caps on insurance payouts, which is possible under the House bill, Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) referenced Jimmy Kimmel.

“As you present that, I ask does it pass the Jimmy Kimmel test?” Cassidy stated. “Would the child born with a congenital heart disease be able to get everything he or she would need in that first year of life? I want it to pass the Jimmy Kimmel test.”

He went on to add that the bill he’s been working on would provide these services to a child even if the costs went over a certain amount.

Earlier this week, Kimmel delivered a heart-wrenching monologue describing his infant son’s heart surgery. During his emotional remarks, the late-night host got political, criticizing Trump for attempting to cut funds from the National Institutes of Health while pointing out that his son’s congenital heart issue would be considered a pre-existing condition.

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

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