Jimmy Kimmel blasts GOP health care bill: ‘Politicizing my son’s health problems because I have to’

Jimmy Kimmel blasts GOP health care bill: ‘Politicizing my son’s health problems because I have to’
In a six-minute monologue on his late-night show, Jimmy Kimmel explains why he continues to "politicize" his son's health. (Image source: YouTube screenshot)

During his monologue on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Tuesday, host Jimmy Kimmel addressed the Republican health care bill recently introduced by GOP Sens. Bill Cassidy (La.) and Lindsey Graham (S.C.), and he had a pointed message for Cassidy, who had appeared on Kimmel’s show in May and, according to the host, “lied right to my face.”

What did Kimmel say?

Kimmel said that the senator’s health care bill didn’t pass the “Jimmy Kimmel test” and added that Cassidy “wasn’t very honest” when he came on the late-night talk show earlier in the year.

“It seemed like he was being honest,” Kimmel said of Cassidy’s May appearance. “He got a lot of credit and attention for coming off like a rare, reasonable voice in the Republican Party when it came to health care, for something that he called … the Jimmy Kimmel test.”

He added, “This guy, Bill Cassidy, just lied right to my face.”

Cassidy promised Kimmel that children like Kimmel’s son — who needed open-heart surgery at just 4 days old — would be able to receive the care and acquire the coverage that was needed and had previously argued that his Obamacare repeal bill would ensure that those with pre-existing conditions would not lose their coverage.

Kimmel continued his monologue by saying that the proposed bill would only allow people who had the financial means — like Kimmel — to afford necessary health care.

“Before you post a nasty Facebook message saying I’m politicizing my son’s health problems, I want you to know: I am politicizing my son’s health problems because I have to,” he added.

“My family has health insurance so we don’t have to worry about this, but other people do,” Kimmel continued. “So, you can shove your disgusting comments where your doctor won’t be giving you a prostate exam once they take your health care benefits away.”

He added, “If your baby is going to die, it shouldn’t matter how much money you make.”

How did Cassidy respond?

Cassidy responded to Kimmel on CNN’s “New Day” Wednesday.

“I’m sorry he does not understand,” Cassidy said. “Under Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson, more people will have coverage, and we protect those who have pre-existing conditions.”

He continued, “States like Maine, Virginia, Florida, Missouri — there will be billions … more dollars to provide health insurance coverage for those in those states who have been passed by by Obamacare and we protect those who have pre-existing conditions.”

What would the Graham-Cassidy bill do?

According to bill’s proponents, Graham-Cassidy would provide grants for individual states, which would allow them to structure their own health care policies.

The bill would also defund Planned Parenthood for a year.

Federal funding for the bill, however, would be depleted by 2027, and would need to be revisited and re-implemented.

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