Comedian and ABC television host Jimmy Kimmel slammed Sen. Bill Cassidy's Obamacare repeal proposal Tuesday night on his show "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"
Kimmel showed previous footage of Cassidy, R-La., from May when the senator said he would support a bill that would ensure no child could be denied healthcare, including emergency healthcare, if a family could not afford it. He dubbed this "the Jimmy Kimmel test."
In May, Kimmel's son was born with congenital heart disease and received open heart surgery shortly after his birth.
Kimmel said Cassidy was "not very honest" and that the measure, introduced also by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., would pass Kimmel's test in only the most literal sense.
"With this one, your child with pre-existing conditions will get the care he needs, if and only if your father is Jimmy Kimmel, otherwise you might be screwed," he said.
Kimmel criticized the bill and said it didn't even pass the "Bill Cassidy test" because elements like coverage for all, no discrimination based on pre-existing conditions, lower premiums for middle-class families and no lifetime caps, were not included as Cassidy had previously let on.
Kimmel also addressed those who may think he is politicizing his son's health issues.
"And by the way, before you post a nasty Facebook message saying I'm politicizing my son's health problems, I want you to know that I am politicizing my son's health problems, because I have to, because other kids have health problems," Kimmel said. "My family has health insurance. We don't have to worry about this. But other people don't, so you can shove your disgusting comments where your doctor won't be giving you a prostate exam once they take your healthcare benefits away."
Cassidy offered a response to Kimmel's monologue, suggesting that judgement should be withheld while there is still work to do.
"We have a September 30th deadline on our promise. Let's finish the job," the statement said. "We must because there is a mother and father whose child will have insurance because of Graham Cassidy Heller Johnson. There is someone whose pre-existing condition will be addressed because of GCHJ. I dedicated my medical career to care for such as these; this is why GCHJ must pass."
Earlier in the day, Kimmel teased his monologue with a picture of him and his son on his lap, saying that that his son was "helping me write tonight's monologue." He tagged both Cassidy and Graham.
Billy's helping me write tonight's monologue. I'll give our thoughts on the #GrahamCassidy health "care" bill. @BillCassidy @LindseyGrahamSC pic.twitter.com/IOmJ4am5D7— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) September 19, 2017
The Graham-Cassidy bill would overhaul the Affordable Care Act and remove individual and employer mandates required by Obamacare. Additionally, the money currently being allocated to Obamacare's exchanges and Medicaid expansion would be given to the states as federal block grants.