ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel singled out a U.S. senator in a tirade during his monologue on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” saying Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., “just lied right to my face” during an appearance on the show in which Cassidy vowed to fight for a health care overhaul that would pass the “Jimmy Kimmel test.”
“The phrase was coined by Cassidy after Kimmel announced in May that his baby son, Billy, had surgery for a birth defect and argued that all American families should be able to get life-saving medical care,” the AP reports.
Kimmel said a new health care measure co-sponsored by Cassidy falls short of passing the test, and urged viewers to call lawmakers to express their displeasure with the bill.
On Tuesday’s show, Kimmel said: “This new bill actually does pass the Jimmy Kimmel test, but a different Jimmy Kimmel test. With this one, your child with a pre-existing condition will get the care he needs if, and only if, his father is Jimmy Kimmel.”
The AP report adds: “Cassidy touted his Kimmel test in a May interview soon after the host’s announcement about his son, arguing that annual and lifetime caps on the amount spent on an individual’s health care was unnecessary. Kimmel later invited him on his show, where Cassidy reiterated his stance on spending caps and told the host he believed all Americans should have access to regular medical care.”
The Graham-Cassidy bill, co-sponsored by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., “leaves the question of caps up to the states, which Kimmel said means ‘there will be lifetime caps in many states.’ Kimmel’s comments echoed a statement released Monday by a coalition of 16 patient groups, including the American Heart Association and the March of Dimes,” the AP notes.
Here’s Kimmel’s health care appeal from Tuesday’s show …