Sen. Graham: Jimmy Kimmel's Attack on GOP Health Care Bill Is 'Unfair'

Lawrence Kim
September 20, 2017

Kimmel then showed a clip of himself asking Cassidy in May if he believed that every American, regardless of income should get regular checkups and maternity care in the same way that people who have health insurance receive the care. Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions MORE (S.C.) neglected to fulfill any of the promises Cassidy had made in the past. "He said he would only support a health care bill that made sure a child like mine would get the health coverage he needs, no matter how much money his parents make".

However, as Kimmel said on Tuesday night, while the bill says those with pre-existing conditions can not be blocked from getting insurance, it does allow states to get waivers to vary premiums based on someone's health - so the premiums would likely be unaffordable. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy was worse than the previous measures the Senate has rejected.

But on his programme on Tuesday night after the Republican plan was unveiled, Mr Kimmel said: "This new bill actually does pass the Jimmy Kimmel test, but a different Jimmy Kimmel test". Kimmel said that if a child has to have multiple open heart surgeries, the cost can be hundreds of thousands of dollars each.

"Otherwise, you might be screwed", he said.

"I bet he looked at some liberal talking point, bought it hook, line and sinker and went after Bill Cassidy without talking to him".

Cassidy responded to Kimmel's heated monologue with a statement late Tuesday. The senator dubbed this qualification the "Jimmy Kimmel test." "And they want us to do the same thing", he continued.

"I'm sorry he does not understand", Cassidy said of Kimmel. This led Kimmel to deliver an emotional message to Congress, pleading for affordable health care for Americans, especially those in similar situations. "He got a lot of credit and attention for coming off like a rare, reasonable voice in the Republican Party when it came to healthcare, for something that he called... the Jimmy Kimmel test".

Fighting back tears, Kimmel then emphasized how important affordable health insurance is for everyone, and that it isn't an issue that should devolve into a partisan fight between Republicans and Democrats.

Kimmel also had strong words for critics on social media unhappy that he has turned his son's health into a political cause. As Deadline reports, Cassidy told host Chris Cuomo that, contrary to Kimmel's criticisms, "more people will have coverage and we protect those with pre-existing conditions".

The Graham-Cassidy plan would allow states to opt out of some consumer protections and waive regulations requiring insurers to include certain benefits, as well as end the expansion of the Medicaid insurance programme for the poor and disabled. "There is someone whose pre-existing condition will be addressed because of [it]". "They're taking care of the people who give them money, like insurance companies, and we're all just looking at our Instagram accounts, liking things, while they're voting on whether people can afford to keep their children alive or not".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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