“He made a total about-face. Which means he either doesn’t understand his own bill – or he lied to me.”
For the second night in a row, Jimmy Kimmel opened his show Wednesday by tearing apart the new Republican health care bill and its co-author, Sen. Bill Cassidy.
In May, the host opened Jimmy Kimmel Live! with an emotional speech revealing that his son, Billy, was born with a heart defect. In a speech that quickly went viral, Kimmel then slammed President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers for attempting to cut health care funding, saying that no parent should have to choose whether to save their child.
Shortly afterwards, Kimmel had Cassidy, a Louisiana Republican, on his show, where the senator proposed that any health care legislation face “the Kimmel Test,” — a term he coined — to prove it ensured coverage for children born with medical issues.
Cassidy repeatedly touted the line, saying his own bill was a Republican option that would keep popular Obamacare protections, including coverage for pre-existing conditions, in place.
Kimmel and his son Billy.
Upon reading the the Graham-Cassidy bill, the late-night host said, he was shocked to discover that it did not fulfill any of the promises he and the senator had previously discussed.
“This guy, Bill Cassidy, just lied right to my face,” Kimmel said. “There’s a new 'Jimmy Kimmel test' for you. It’s called a lie detector test.”
According to Kimmel's assessment, the bill — co-authored by Cassidy and Sen. Lindsey Graham — would raise premiums, bring back discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions, and cause millions of people to lose health care. Republicans hope to vote on the legislation as early as next week.