After Jimmy Kimmel nearly lost his newborn son to a heart condition earlier this year, he gave a heartfelt plea to Congress to enact healthcare reform that would allow all children born with such conditions to live without fear of losing healthcare.
Senator Bill Cassidy took up the call and proposed a “Jimmy Kimmel test” for all new healthcare. But just months later, Cassidy and Lindsay Graham have written a bill that would not pass the Kimmel test at all.
“He wasn’t being honest,” Kimmel said on Tuesday’s show. “It seemed like he was being honest. He got a lot of credit and attention for coming off like a rare, reasonable in the Republican Party when it came to health care.”
“They’re trying to sneak the scam of a bill they cooked up without an analysis by the bipartisan Congressional Budget Office,” Kimmel said.
“Look, health care is complicated. It’s boring. I don’t want to talk about it. And that’s what these guys are relying on. They’re counting on you to be so overwhelmed with information you just trust them to take care of you. But they’re not taking care of you. They’re taking care of the people who give them money, like insurance companies.”
“This guy, Bill Cassidy, just lied right to my face,” Kimmel remarked, because Cassidy called into his show earlier this year to commit to his fight.
Kimmel gave a call to action. Telling everyone to call their representatives to get this bill squashed. And one more thing: “Stop using my name. There’s a new Jimmy Kimmel test for you. It’s called a lie detector test. You’re welcome to stop by the studio and take it anytime.”