Jimmy Kimmel sharply criticized U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy on his late-night show, saying the Louisiana Republican “lied right to my face” by going back on his word to ensure any health care overhaul passes a test named for the host.
Kimmel said that a health care bill co-sponsored by Cassidy fails the “Jimmy Kimmel test.” The phrase was coined by Cassidy after Kimmel announced in May that his baby son, Billy, had surgery for a birth defect and argued that all American families should be able to get life-saving medical care.
“This new bill actually does pass the Jimmy Kimmel test, but a different Jimmy Kimmel test,” Kimmel said on Tuesday’s show.
“With this one, your child with a pre-existing condition will get the care he needs if, and only if, his father is Jimmy Kimmel.”
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Cassidy touted his Kimmel test in a May interview soon after the host’s announcement about his son, arguing that annual and lifetime caps on the amount spent on an individual’s health care was unnecessary. Kimmel later invited him on his show, where Cassidy reiterated his stance on spending caps and told the host he believed all Americans should have access to regular medical care.
On Tuesday, Kimmel said in his monologue that the bill introduced by Cassidy and fellow Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina not only fails the “Jimmy Kimmel test,” but also what he called the “Bill Cassidy test.”
“This guy, Bill Cassidy, just lied right to my face,” Kimmel said.
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