Jimmy Kimmel is railing against a Republican senator for his latest attempt to repeal and replace ObamaCare.
Jimmy Kimmel extended his war of the words with Sen. Bill Cassidy, on his talk show Wednesday night.
Tuesday on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the show host interpreted the Graham-Cassidy health care bill as evidence that the senator “lied right to (his) face” about his plan for health care during an appearance on the show in May.
“Last night on our show… a senator from Louisiana, Bill Cassidy, I took him to task for promising to my face that he would oppose any health care plan that allowed insurance companies to turn people with pre-existing conditions away and any health care plan that had an annual or lifetime cap on how much they would pay out for medical care,” Kimmel reminded his audience Wednesday. “He said anything he supported would have to pass what he named the ‘Jimmy Kimmel Test,’ which was fine. It was good, but unfortunately, and puzzlingly, he proposed a bill that would allow states to do all the things he said he would not let them do.
“He made a total about-face,” Kimmel added, “which means he either doesn’t understand his own bill, or he lied to me.”
On Wednesday morning, Cassidy responded to Kimmel’s monologue from the previous evening on CNN’s New Day. “I’m sorry he does not understand,” Cassidy told Chris Cuomo. “Under (the bill) more people will have coverage, and we protect those with pre-existing conditions.”
As Kimmel sees it, Cassidy “pulled the ‘all comedians are dummies’ card.”
“I don’t understand because I’m a talk show host, right?” Kimmel said.
“Now look, I don’t want to turn this into a Kanye and Taylor Swift type situation, but when Sen. Cassidy was on my show in May, he told me that he believed that every American family regardless of income should be able to get quality health care,” Kimmel continued. “And I believed he was sincere. Sadly, the bill he unveiled last week with Sen. Lindsey Graham indicates that he was not sincere. It is, by many accounts, the worst health care bill yet.”
The bill would end the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion and institute a per-person spending cap for the program.