Jimmy Kimmel got political on his show as he excoriated Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) for lying about his Obamacare replacement bill, (aka Trumpcare x.0). Cassidy's health care bill failed the Jimmy Kimmel test he claimed it would follow.
Jimmy Kimmel is mad as hell, and he used his platform to call out Trumpcare and the senator who authored it. A few weeks ago Bill Cassidy appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel show. After his son had open heart surgery, Kimmel became a more vocal advocate for universal health care.
Cassidy implied that he supported universal coverage. In fact, he sounded like someone who would go for Medicare for all. When Kimmel asked if his bill will support everybody whether they could pay or not, Cassidy said yes. It turns out he was lying.
Jimmy Kimmel excoriates Senator Bill Cassidy
"This new bill does past the Jimmy Kimmel test," Kimmel said sarcastically. "But this one, your child with the pre-existing condition will get the care that he needs if and only if his father is Jimmy Kimmel. Otherwise, you might be screwed. I don't know what happened with Bill Cassidy, but when he was on this publicity tour, he listed his demands for a health care bill very clearly. These were his words. He said
- He wants coverage for all'
- No discrimination based on pre-existing conditions'
- Lower premiums for middle-class families'
- No lifetime caps.
Guess what. The new bill does none of those things. Coverage for all? No. In fact, it may kick about 30 million Americans off insurance. Pre-existing conditions? Nope. If the bill passes, individual states can let insurance charge you more if you have a pre-existing condition.
Jimmy Kimmel continued his righteous assault on the lying senator. He said the bill is worse than the one before.
Kimmel also admonished any Facebook user who comments on his feed.
"Before you post a nasty Facebook message saying I am politicizing my son's health problems," Jimmy Kimmel said. "I am politicizing my son's health care problems because I have to."
Kimmel then named various industrialized nations that have universal health care.
"Don't say they have terrible health care," Kimmel said. "It is just not true. This is a bad bill. Don't take my word for it."
Kimmel then named a myriad of companies that are against the bill. He closed the segment by telling the senator he does not want his name associated with the draconian bill. inviting Cassidy to the show.
"There is a new Jimmy Kimmel test for you," Kimmel said. "It is called the lie detector test. You are welcome to stop by the studio and take it anytime."
Kudos for Jimmy for tackling the issue head-on and fearlessly.
Also published on Medium.