Late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel might not usually get as political as some of his peers — Stephen Colbert, for example — but that does not mean he won’t call out the hypocrisy of those in Washington, D.C., if need be.
Kimmel became a champion for the Affordable Care Act earlier this year when he shared the heartbreaking story about his infant son’s heart condition and the open-heart surgery the child had to go through mere hours after his birth. The emotional monologue made an effective case against President Donald Trump’s health care agenda, which would have left millions of Americans without health insurance.
At the time, while the Trump administration was busy slamming Kimmel for “exploiting” his son’s “pre-existing condition,” Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana invoked Kimmel’s name by coming up with a “Jimmy Kimmel Test,” which according to the ABC host entailed “no family should be denied medical care, emergency or otherwise because they can't afford it.”
Cassidy said any new legislation would need to pass the test, but sadly, he did not follow through.
“A few months ago after my son had open heart surgery, which was something I spoke about on the air, a politician, a senator named Bill Cassidy from Louisiana was on my show and he wasn't very honest,” Kimmel said in his opening monologue during the latest episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
The host then explained a new health care proposed by Cassidy and Sen. Lindsay Graham.
“He wasn’t being honest. It seemed like he was being honest. He got a lot of credit and attention for coming off like a rare, reasonable voice in the Republican Party when it came to health care,” Kimmel said of Cassidy. “He said he would only support a health care bill that made sure a child like mine would get the health coverage he needs, no matter how much money his parents make."
Kimmel also accused Cassidy of lying right to his face.
“Most of the Congress people who vote on this bill probably won't even read it. And they want us to do the same thing,” he said. “They want us to treat it like an iTunes service agreement. And this guy, Bill Cassidy, just lied right to my face.”
The comedian said the new bill “actually does pass the Jimmy Kimmel Test" because "your child with a pre-existing condition will get the care he needs if, and only if, his father is Jimmy Kimmel."
“Otherwise, you might be screwed,” he said.
Ending his monologue, the host informed Cassidy of a new Jimmy Kimmel test.
"It's called a lie detector test," he said. "You're welcome to stop by the studio and take it anytime."
Watch the segment in the clip above.
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