Late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel on Tuesday blasted Sen. Bill Cassidy’s (R-LA) legislation for repealing and replacing Obamacare.
Kimmel in May made an emotional plea to reduce the cost of health care after his son was born with a heart defect needing immediate surgery.
Cassidy shortly thereafter coined the phrase “the Jimmy Kimmel test” to denote whether potential legislation results in affordable health care for middle-class families.
Kimmel on Tuesday, however, unloaded on Cassidy over the lawmaker’s proposal with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) for repealing and replacing Obamacare.
“[Cassidy] said he would only support a health care bill that made sure a child like mine would get the health coverage he needs no matter how much money his parents make,” he said on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
“And this guy, Bill Cassidy, just lied right to my face,” Kimmel continued of his talks with Cassidy earlier this year.
“With this [proposal], your child with a preexisting condition will get the care he needs – if, and only if, his father in Jimmy Kimmel. Otherwise, you might be screwed.”
Some Twitter users on Wednesday praised Kimmel for entering the health care debate, while others said the comic should stick in entertainment.
Jimmy Kimmel, a comedian, should definitely make health care decisions for USA. Hope you get my sarcasm!!— Susannah Whan (@susiewhan) September 20, 2017
You are my new hero Jimmy! Where the hell are all your buddies in Hollywood speaking out against this new Trump care bill— elizabeth (@elsie710) September 20, 2017
Kimmel said that Cassidy’s new legislation would not achieve the goals the senator had previously promised.
“He said he wants coverage for all; no discrimination based on preexisting conditions; lower premiums for middle-class families; and no lifetime caps,” he said. “And guess what? The new bill? [It] does none of those things.”
“Sen. Cassidy, you were on my show, you seem like you’re a decent guy,” Kimmel added. “But here’s the thing: Nobody outside of your buddies in Congress wants this bill.”
“Stop using my name. OK? Because I don’t want my name on it. There’s a new Jimmy Kimmel test for you, it’s called the lie detector test. You’re welcome to stop by my studio and take it anytime.”
Kimmel urged Republican senators to help sink the Cassidy-Graham legislation that is currently being considered in Washington, D.C.
Republicans have until Sept. 30 to pass the bill under special budgetary rules that keep Democrats from stopping it with a filibuster.