Late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel has found himself mired in the current health care debate due to a moving monologue he gave a few months ago about his infant son’s heart condition. Kimmel used his remarks to call on President Trump and Republicans to not get rid of protections for pre-existing conditions.
Kimmel’s emotional reaction to the health care his son received led to Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) declaring that any health care bill the GOP passed should pass what he called the “Jimmy Kimmel test,” which in his opinion meant that no family should be denied necessary medical care, even if they couldn’t afford it. Now that the Graham-Cassidy Bill now has a possibility of passing the Senate, however, Kimmel noted that the Louisiana lawmaker lied when doing his “publicity tour” about health care earlier in the year.
Listing off all of the things Cassidy said he wanted his bill to include — coverage for all, pre-existing conditions covered, lower premiums and no lifetime caps — Kimmel explained that Graham-Cassidy had none of those things.
“Not only did Bill Cassidy fail the Jimmy Kimmel test — he failed the Bill Cassidy test,” the Jimmy Kimmel Live host said.
The comedian then went after GOP senators, claiming that they don’t want anybody to read this bill and to treat it like “an iTunes service agreement.” He also hammered Cassidy for lying directly to his face.
He acknowledged that he was politicizing his son’s health condition, adding that he doesn’t care if anyone sends him nasty social media messages about it. Kimmel also displayed a smiling photo of Cassidy with his Senate office phone number, asking those watching to call the lawmaker.
Watch the clip above, via ABC.
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