Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel on Monday suggested that Sen. Bill CassidyBill CassidyThis week: Democrats hit make-or-break moment for Biden GOP warns McConnell won't blink on debt cliff House passes bill to prevent shutdown and suspend debt limit MORE (R-La.) fails the “Jimmy Kimmel test” on health care.
“On health care, Cassidy flunks his own ‘Jimmy Kimmel test,'” the host tweeted, along with a link to an op-ed in The Washington Post.
Opinion | On health care, Cassidy flunks his own 'Jimmy Kimmel test' https://t.co/ZvoxYSHMaJ— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) September 18, 2017
Kimmel's tweet comes amid a new GOP effort to repeal ObamaCare led by Cassidy and Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump-backed challenger to Cheney decried him as 'racist,' 'xenophobic' in 2016: report State Department spokesperson tests positive for COVID-19 The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Lawmakers fret over wild week of deadlines MORE (S.C.). The bill, which would replace much of ObamaCare with block grants for states, is gaining steam in the Senate, and the Congressional Budget Office will release a “preliminary assessment” of the bill next week.
Kimmel was referencing a phrase coined by Cassidy in May, in which Cassidy said the Senate Republicans’ plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare should “pass the Jimmy Kimmel test.”
"I ask, does it pass the Jimmy Kimmel test? Will a child born with congenital heart disease be able to get everything she or he would need in the first year of life? I want it to pass the Jimmy Kimmel test," Cassidy told CNN at the time, when asked if he could support a plan that included yearly or annual insurance caps.
Kimmel made an impassioned plea in support of ObamaCare on his show in May as he revealed his son was born that week with a heart defect.
“Let’s stop with the nonsense. This isn’t football. There are no teams,” Kimmel said. “We are the team. It’s the United States. Don’t let their partisan squabbles divide us on something every decent person wants.
“No parent should ever have to decide if they can afford to save their child’s life. It just shouldn’t happen. Not here.”
Kimmel reminded Cassidy in a tweet to follow the “Kimmel test” when Senate Republicans released a draft of their ObamaCare repeal plan in June.