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Jimmy Kimmel Ramps up Criticism of GOP ObamaCare Repeal Bill, Repeats Lying Accusation Against Sen. Cassidy

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Jimmy Kimmel

When Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) visited Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC in May and promised he would not support any healthcare bill that does not meet certain criteria, he could not foreseen the backlash he would face if he broke that promise.

Jimmy Kimmel has emerged as the strongest and loudest critic of the healthcare bill Senate Republicans are pushing to pass next week and that promise plus the subsequent backpedaling by Sen. Cassidy could help sink the bill.

The Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill, named after co-sponsors, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) is the Republicans’ last ditch effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care aka ObamaCare.

Sen. Cassidy promised Jimmy Kimmel that he would not support any healthcare bill that does not among other things, cover preexisting conditions and provide coverage for all Americans regardless of income.

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This week, Sen. Cassidy appeared to break that promise with his bill prompting Kimmel to accuse him of lying. On Wednesday, Kimmel spent a second night arguing against the GOP bill and accusing the Louisiana senator of lying to him, then lying to cover his lies.

“As you present that, I ask: Does it pass the Jimmy Kimmel test?” he said, using the term coined by Senator Cassidy when he appeared on CNN a week before his initial appearance on Jimmy Kimmel program in May.

“Would a child born with a congenital heart disease be able to get everything she or he would need in that first year of life? I want it to pass the Jimmy Kimmel test.”

Sen Cassidy and other GOP senators spent the better part of Wednesday fending off accusations that they are deliberately misleading Americans on the benefits of their bill.

In an interview Wednesday on CNN’s “New Day” program, Sen. Cassidy responded to Kimmel’s Tuesday criticism: “I’m sorry he doesn’t understand,” he said, but Kimmel shot back Wednesday calling the proposal “the worst health care bill yet.”

“He said anything he supported would have to pass what he named ‘the Jimmy Kimmel test,’ which was fine, it was good,” Kimmel said Wednesday night. “But unfortunately and puzzlingly he proposed a bill that would allow states to do all the things he said he would not let them do.”

“He made a total about-face, which means he either doesn’t understand his own bill or he lied to me, it’s as simple as that,” Kimmel continued.

Thursday morning Sen. Cassidy repeated his assertion that Kimmel doesn’t understand.

“Would a child born with a congenital heart disease be able to get everything she or he would need in that first year of life? I want it to pass the Jimmy Kimmel test.”

Appearing on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends,” the Senator said Kimmel”doesn’t understand, not because he’s a talk show host — because we’ve never spoken.”

“He’s only heard from those on the left who are doing their best to preserve Obamacare. He’s not heard from me, because we’ve not spoken,” Cassidy said.

The unrelenting criticism by Jimmy Kimmel appears to have focused the attention of most Americans on the latest do-or-die ObamaCare repeal and replace GOP bill.

Senate leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) confirmed Wednesday he would bring the bill up for a vote next week but the bill’s fate remains uncertain.

Experts believe the bill has 47 ‘Yes’ votes and can’t afford to lose more than two more GOP senators if it is to pass next week.

Currently only Kentucky GOP senator Rand Paul has confirmed he will vote ‘No.’ Others including John McCain (R-AZ), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV) said they are unsure how they will vote.

If two of them join every Democrat senator to vote ‘No’ on the bill, it is dead.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has not come out with their score of the bill but other groups have released their estimates.

Left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Avalere Health, a Washington-based consulting firm said states will lose $243 billion in federal government funding should the bill become law while the Kaiser Family Foundation released a lower figure – $160 billion.

Sen. Cassidy said states like Maine, Virginia, Florida, and Missouri will do better under his bill than they would should ObamaCare remain the law of the land, an assertion independent health experts say is not true.

According to health experts, Florida would lose billions by 2026. Avalere and C.B.P.P. estimate that Maine would see less money, while funding to Virginia and Missouri would be lower beginning in 2027.

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Healthcare expert Sara Rosenbaum, a professor of health law and policy at George Washington University said that Sen. Cassidy’s characterization that states “passed by Obamacare” would do better under his bill, is misleading. She said all states cited by Cassidy chose not to expand their Medicaid programs.

Graham-Cassidy bill will end medicaid expansion, give states the power to reject insurance for preexisting conditions, end funding for Planned Parenthood and end coverage of majority essential health and wellness programs. It will give block grants to states which will have the power to determine how the grants are spent without much supervision.

Experts also believe that GOP deliberately punished those states that chose to expand Medicaid under ObamaCare while rewarding those that chose not to.



Associate Editor, The Liberal Advocate News




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