Sen. Cassidy says he won’t go back on Kimmel after health care fight
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Louisiana Sen. Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyTrump signs bills banning drug pricing 'gag clauses' Dem ad accuses Heller of 'lying' about record on pre-existing conditions GOP senator suggests criminal referral for third Kavanaugh accuser's 'apparently false affidavit' MORE (R) says he won't return to late-night TV to debate health care with ABC host Jimmy Kimmel after the two fought over the repeal of ObamaCare last year.

In an interview with CBS News, Cassidy tells Major Garrett that Kimmel was "unfair" to him on the show.

"No, he was very unfair," Cassidy responds when asked if he'll return to "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"

"Why would I go back in? So that he can mischaracterize what I say and later call [Senate Minority Leader] Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerMcConnell says deficits 'not a Republican problem' Medicare for All is disastrous for American seniors and taxpayers Senate Dems race to save Menendez in deep-blue New Jersey MORE and get Chuck Schumer's take on what I said?" he asked, referring to the Democrat from New York.


Cassidy told Garrett that Kimmel was unable to respond to Cassidy himself, and accused the comedian of being provided talking points from Schumer's office, which confirmed to CBS that it had provided Kimmel with statistics about the bill.

"Just took it from Chuck Schumer," Cassidy said. "Never learned that people in Texas and Florida would have billions available to give them coverage and currently they do not. And he subsequently said he doesn't care what Republicans think."

Cassidy was one of two major architects, along with Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.), of the Graham-Cassidy bill last year that would have repealed large portions of ObamaCare. The bill did not receive a floor vote.

The bill would have provided health care funding to states in the form of block grants, but also contained a provision that allowed consumers with pre-existing conditions to be charged higher rates, which was a violation of the "Kimmel Test" that Cassidy and Kimmel devised during the senator's visit on Kimmel's show.

Kimmel responded to Cassidy's bill by saying the Louisiana senator had "lied" to his face.

"Not only did Bill Cassidy fail the Jimmy Kimmel test, he failed the Bill Cassidy test. He failed his own test. And you don't see that happen very much," Kimmel said last year.