Jimmy Kimmel slams Cassidy over ObamaCare repeal bill

Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel on Tuesday went off on Sen. Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyGOP senators introduce resolution endorsing ICE Lawmakers pitch dueling plans for paid family leave New push to break deadlock on paid family leave MORE (La.), one of the architects of the latest GOP effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare, claiming the lawmaker lied about his intentions to pass affordable health care.

Kimmel’s comments came during an impassioned monologue directed at the senator, who said in the past that any ObamaCare replacement must be able pass the “Jimmy Kimmel test.”

ADVERTISEMENT

That phrase, which Cassidy himself coined, was a reference to a heartfelt plea Kimmel made in support of ObamaCare after learning his son had been born with a heart defect.

But on Tuesday Kimmel accused the senator of backpedaling, arguing the new repeal-and-replace bill being pushed by Cassidy and fellow GOP Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamQuestions mount over Trump-Putin discussions The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and Congress at odds over Russia Overnight Defense: Trump inviting Putin to DC | Senate to vote Monday on VA pick | Graham open to US-Russia military coordination in Syria MORE (S.C.) neglected to fulfill any of the promises Cassidy had made in the past.

“Your child with the pre-existing condition will get the care he needs if — and only if — his father is Jimmy Kimmel. Otherwise, you might be screwed,” Kimmel said, drawing laughs from the audience.

He went on to say how Cassidy had in the past promised coverage for all, no discrimination based on pre-existing conditions, lower premiums for middle-class families and no life-time caps.

“And guess what? The new bill does none of those things,” Kimmel said.

“Not only did Bill Cassidy fail the Jimmy Kimmel test, he failed the Bill Cassidy test. He failed his own test,” Kimmel added.

He went on to urge Republican Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report — Russia furor grips Washington Overnight Health Care: Novartis pulls back on drug price hikes | House Dems launch Medicare for All caucus | Trump officials pushing ahead on Medicaid work requirements Senate panel to vote next week on banning 'gag clauses' in pharmacy contracts MORE (Maine), Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiThis week: GOP mulls vote on ‘abolish ICE’ legislation Dem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick McConnell: Senate to confirm Kavanaugh by Oct. 1 MORE (Alaska) and John McCainJohn Sidney McCainObama, Bush veterans dismiss Trump-Putin interpreter subpoena Controversial Trump judicial nominee withdraws Trump vows to hold second meeting with Putin MORE (Ariz.) to prevent the passage of the Graham-Cassidy bill, just as they did with the previous GOP effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

“I hope they have the courage and good sense to do that again with this one,” Kimmel said.