Sen. Cassidy: Kimmel 'does not understand' GOP healthcare bill

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For the second night in a row, the late-night host attacked the authors of the Graham-Cassidy bill and implored viewers to oppose the measure.

Cassidy promoted the idea that the health bill, known as the "Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson Amendment", will pass the "Jimmy Kimmel Test". Cassidy, the co-author of the Graham-Cassidy bill that is by far the worst ObamaCare repeal bill Republicans have put forth, Cassidy on Wednesday demeaned Kimmel, suggesting that he's a talk show host who just doesn't understand the legislation. "And I believed he was honest", Kimmel said on Wednesday, just one night after already unleashing a takedown on Cassidy. Maybe I don't understand the part of your bill in which federal funding disappears completely after 2026?

"Jimmy doesn't understand, not because he's a talk show host - because we've never spoken", Cassidy said. Kimmel highlighted the loophole in charging that Cassidy's plan flunks the so-called "Jimmy Kimmel Test", a standard Cassidy himself devised following a tearful plea by Kimmel earlier this year to maintain the health care law's safeguards.

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Kilmeade criticized the late-night host on his show Fox & Friends, saying, Kimmel was "pushing" his politics on the rest of the country. Kimmel claimed Kilmeade "kisses my ass like a little boy meeting Batman" whenever the two meet, as Kilmeade is "dying" to be a member of the "Hollywood elite".

In its analysis of the bill, the Commonwealth Fund said, "By repealing the ACA's coverage expansions and cutting deeply into the Medicaid program, the Graham-Cassidy bill threatens the health care of as many as 100 million people, from newborns to the elderly".

"I'm glad you're interested", Kilmeade said sanctimoniously on Thursday morning, of Kimmel.

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"Cassidy said that under his bill, in 'states like Maine, Virginia, Florida, Missouri, there will be billions more dollars to provide health insurance coverage for those in those states who have been passed by by Obamacare, ' " Politifact said. "He made a total about-face, which means he either doesn't understand his own bill, or he lied to me".

Jimmy Kimmel attends the 30th annual Scleroderma Foundation Benefit at the Beverly Wilshire hotel in June. Sure, Democrats in Congress are objecting to the GOP proposal via press releases and on Twitter, but Kimmel has been clearly more effective at attracting media coverage on this issue. He calls my agent looking for projects. "Kimmel more effective than Dems on healthcare", said a CNN headline. "He's not heard from me, because we've not spoken", Cassidy said on "Fox & Friends". "I'm sorry that's not good enough for you", Kilmeade said in an undersized response.

Gov. Chris "Private Beach" Christie also called Kimmel's "serious person" bona fides into question, and Sen. "Or could it be, Senator Cassidy, that the problem is that I do understand and that you got caught with your G-O-Penis out?" If that is true, this is why things like this keep happening-because we don't do anything about them. Accordingly, Kimmel concluded Wednesday's show with an image at once prosaic and crucial: the phone numbers of five senators whose votes could decide the future of the American healthcare system.

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