The GOP's new Obamacare repeal and replacement plan is not going over well with late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel, who went so far as to brand Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy a liar over the health care bill he is co-sponsoring with Sen. Lindsey Graham (video below).
Kimmel first garnered attention regarding the health care debate in May when he described his experience of learning his newborn son was born with congenital heart disease. He used the story as a platform to advocate for affordable health care coverage for lower and middle-class families who might not be able to afford emergency surgery.
"No parent should ever have to decide if they can afford to save their child’s life," Kimmel said in the May 1 monologue.
Sen. Cassidy of Louisiana appeared on CNN in the week following Kimmel's monologue, VICE reports.
"I ask, does it pass the Jimmy Kimmel test?," Cassidy said on May 5, referring to his stance on health care. "Would a child born with congenital heart disease be able to get everything he or she would need in that first year of life?"
Cassidy appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" via satellite on May 8 and expressed his solidarity for providing affordable health care.
On Sept. 19, Kimmel claimed that Cassidy lied during his May 8 appearance, saying the Louisiana senator had said his plan would not allow insurance companies to place annual or lifetime caps on health coverage. The Washington Post provided a transcription of Kimmel's monologue:
It seemed like [Cassidy] was being honest. 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 coming up with something he called -- and I didn’t name it this, he named it this -- the Jimmy Kimmel test, which was in a nutshell: No family should be denied medical care, emergency of otherwise, because they can’t afford it...
...So last week, Bill Cassidy and Senator Lindsey Graham proposed a new bill, the Graham-Cassidy bill. And this new bill actually does pass the Jimmy Kimmel test, but a different Jimmy Kimmel test. With this one, your child with a preexisting condition will get the care he needs -- if, and only if, his father is Jimmy Kimmel. Otherwise, you might be screwed...
...This guy, Bill Cassidy, just lied right to my face.
Later in the Sept. 19 monologue, Kimmel asked Cassidy to stop using his name to promote his health care bill.
"There's a new Jimmy Kimmel test for you," he addressed to Cassidy. "It's called the lie detector test. You're welcome to stop by the studio and take it anytime."
Kimmel posted a video of his monologue on Twitter alongside the caption: "If you too are disappointed in Sen [Cassidy] #GrahamCassidy let them know it - call (202) 224-3121."
On Sept. 20, Cassidy discussed Kimmel's monologue on CNN.
"I am sorry [Kimmel] does not understand," Cassidy said to host Chris Cuomo, according to The Washington Post.
According to Cassidy, the bill will provide more people with coverage and protection than Obamacare.
"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 with preexisting conditions," he said.