During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump promised his followers that ObamaCare would be repealed “very, very quickly,” despite the fact that this is not what most Americans want. However, now that Trump is the president, his promise to repeal Obamacare has been nowhere close to fulfilled.
While the Trump administration is still working away on the repeal and replace bill for ObamaCare, many are speaking out against the decision to do so.
Jimmy Kimmel did not hold back his feelings on his late-night show. On Tuesday, Kimmel delivered a monologue against Sen. Bill Cassidy, one of those working on the GOP’s latest effort to pass a repeal and replace plan.
Kimmel’s main grievance was his claims that the lawmaker had lied about his intentions to pass affordable health care. During this speech, Kimmel directed his criticism straight to the senator, who had in the past said that any ObamaCare replacement must pass the “Jimmy Kimmel test.”
The “Jimmy Kimmel test” to which Kimmel refers is throwing Cassidy’s own words back at him. Cassidy said this in reference to Kimmel’s moving speech in support of ObamaCare earlier in the year after learning that his son was very ill with a heart defect.
Kimmel did not mince words in accusing the senator of completely backpedaling. Kimmel noted that the repeal and replace bill that is currently being pushed by Sen. Cassidy, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, does not actually fulfill any promises that Cassidy had once made. Kimmel stated:
‘He said he would only support a healthcare bill that made sure a child like mine would get the health coverage he needs, no matter how much money his parents make. and that did not have annual or lifetime caps.’
Kimmel went on to point out that in the past Cassidy has made promises that he certainly is not keeping. Cassidy had promised that there would be coverage for all Americans, without discrimination based on someone having a preexisting condition. In addition to that, Cassidy had promised lower premiums for middle-class families, and no lifetime caps. As Kimmel was sure to point out, the new bill doesn’t deliver on any of these promises.
‘Not only did Bill Cassidy fail the Jimmy Kimmel test, he failed the Bill Cassidy test. He failed his own test.’
In a last-ditch effort to stop this repeal and replace bill, Kimmel urged Republican Sens. Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, and John McCain to block the bill from passing, in the same way they did with previous GOP efforts to repeal and replace ObamaCare.
‘This new bill actually does pass the Jimmy Kimmel test, a different Jimmy Kimmel test. Your child with the pre-existing condition will get the care he needs if – and only if – his father is Jimmy Kimmel. Otherwise, you might be screwed.’
You can see Kimmel’s words below.
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