Jimmy Kimmel's Viral Video Blasts Republican Healthcare Bill
Pre-existing conditions are no laughing matter, as late-night host Jimmy Kimmel can tell you. He made headlines a few months back when he shared the heartbreaking story of his newborn son's heart condition and blasted an attempt in July to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act with a new bill that would not provide the same protections for children like his son.
Kimmel, who doesn't generally touch political topics, has taken on healthcare as his personal cause. He even invited Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy, who was spearheading some newer healthcare legislation onto his show, where Cassidy promised to create a bill that would pass the "Jimmy Kimmel test," and provide healthcare for everyone and protect people with pre-existing conditions—regardless of their ability to pay. Unfortunately, it seems as if that was a promise Senator Cassidy hasn't kept with the Graham-Cassidy Bill, as Jimmy Kimmel fiercely explained on his show this week.
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In the video, Kimmel calls Cassidy a liar, and says that the new Graham-Cassidy bill is even worse than its predecessors. "Only 12 percent of Americans wanted the last bill, and this one is worse," he remarks. And as Kimmel says in the monologue, pretty much every medical association and patients rights group—including the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the March of Dimes, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and the American Academy of Family Physicians—has come out against this bill for its potential impact on healthcare for families.
After Senator Cassidy went on CNN to say that Kimmel "doesn't understand" the bill, Kimmel doubled down last night with another brutal takedown of the bill—which he definitely seems to understand. (In fact, if you're not really aware of the bill, you might want watch the video below.)
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The bill is due to be voted on early next week, to try to beat a September 30th deadline—after which, the Senate would need any healthcare legislation to get 60 votes instead of a simple majority of 51. Want to tell your senator what you think of Graham-Cassidy? You can reach him or her at 202-224-3121.