Kimmel Scorches Senator: He 'Lied Right to My Face'

Host calls out Bill Cassidy over GOP health care bill, the 'Jimmy Kimmel test'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 20, 2017 4:44 AM CDT
Updated Sep 20, 2017 5:33 AM CDT

Jimmy Kimmel delivered a blistering monologue Tuesday night against the latest GOP plan to repeal ObamaCare, calling out one of its authors in particular. "I don't know what happened to Bill Cassidy," said Kimmel, who unexpectedly entered the health care debate earlier this year when he spoke of his infant son's open-heart surgery and the need for all Americans to be able to get such care. This became known as the "Jimmy Kimmel test," and the host says the new bill fails spectacularly, per NBC News. (See the video.) "This new bill actually does pass the Jimmy Kimmel test, but a different Jimmy Kimmel test. With this one, your child with a preexisting condition will get the care he needs—if, and only if, his father is Jimmy Kimmel. Otherwise, you might be screwed."

Kimmel recalled that the Louisiana senator had come on his show previously and won praise for pushing the so-called Jimmy Kimmel test. But the new bill written by Cassidy and Lindsey Graham gives states more leeway and the ability to waive rules now mandated by the Affordable Care Act. "He said he wants coverage for all, no discrimination based on preexisting conditions, lower premiums for middle-class families, and no lifetime caps," said Kimmel. "Guess what? The new bill does none of those things." The senator "lied right to my face," said Kimmel, who wants Cassidy to stop invoking his name. Addressing the senator directly, he added, "There's a new Jimmy Kimmel test for you, it's called the lie detector test. You're welcome to stop by the studio and take it anytime." The monologue already is creating a stir on social media, notes Newsweek. (Read more Jimmy Kimmel stories.)

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