Jimmy Kimmel is railing against a Republican senator for his latest attempt to repeal and replace ObamaCare.
The Graham-Cassidy health care bill does not pass the real Jimmy Kimmel test.
On Tuesday, the late night host ripped the new Republican-backed legislation and its namesake Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La. ,who previously appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live in May, an appearance in which Kimmel claims Cassidy “wasn’t very honest.”
“It seemed like he was being honest,” Kimmel said. “He got a lot of credit and attention for coming off like a rare, reasonable voice in the Republican party when it came to healthcare for coming up with something he called — and I didn’t name it this, he named it this — the Jimmy Kimmel test, which was in a nutshell, no family should be denied medical care — emergency or otherwise — because they can’t afford it. He agreed to that.
“He said he would only support a healthcare bill that made sure a child like mine would get the health coverage he needs,” Kimmel continued, “no matter how much money his parents make, and that did not have annual or lifetime caps.”
Early in May, Kimmel made a plea for the government to keep health care affordable for those with pre-existing conditions after revealing his newborn, Billy, had open-heart surgery shortly after he was born in April.
In a rare emotional monologue on his ABC show, Jimmy Kimmel opened up about the birth of his son and the scary diagnosis he received just hours after birth.
During a prior interview that aired a week after Kimmel’s revelation, Cassidy told Kimmel: “I am all about people having the insurance they need, but again we have to be able to afford it, both in our taxes and in our personal expenses.” He also added that “having a cap does not contribute that much to the expense” of the insurance policy.
Under the Graham-Cassidy bill, which would allow states to design their own health care systems, insurance companies will not be able to deny coverage due to pre-existing conditions. However, it would allow states to waive the provision that caps what they can charge.
Kimmel informed his audience that the proposed Graham-Cassidy bill…