Jimmy Kimmel Fires Back At Senator Bill Cassidy, Health Care Bill


Kimmel once again urged viewers to call their representatives to ask them to vote against the Graham-Cassidy bill, especially in light of Sen.

Bill Cassidy defended his proposed heath care repeal bill Thursday on "Fox and Friends", and called out late night host Jimmy Kimmel for mocking it.

For the past two nights, late-night Jimmy Kimmel has been doing battle with Republican politicians and conservative media over the latest bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

"He is wrong", Cassidy fired back Wednesday morning on Fox News, disputing almost every claim Kimmel made about the plan the night before.

"Maybe I'm not understanding the part of your bill in which federal funding disappears completely after 2026?"

"I don't want to turn this into a "Kanye and Taylor Swift" type situation, but when Senator Cassidy was on my show in May, he told me that he believed that every American family, regardless of income, should be able to get quality health care, and I believed he was honest", Kimmel said. He also threatened to "pound" Fox News host Brian Kilmeade, who criticized Kimmel for "pushing his politics on the rest of the country".

Kilmeade's remarks on Fox & Friends apparently angered Kimmel, who claimed Wednesday night that Kilmeade "kisses my a** like a little boy meeting Batman" and that he, in fact, is "dying" to be a member of the "Hollywood elite". Kimmel joked. "I don't want to turn this into a Kanye and Taylor Swift type situation, but when Senator Cassidy was on my show in May he told me that he believed that every American family, regardless of income, should be able to get quality healthcare and I believed he was honest".

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"I'm glad you're interested", he said. Is it the part where you cut $243 billion from federal health care assistance?

"Which part of that am I not understanding?" he continued.

Kimmel became even more adamant in his verbal chastising of the Louisiana Senator, who probably would have rather been wrestling an alligator in a stinky Louisiana swamp than listening to Kimmel's unmerciful scolding: "Stop using my name".

"I don't understand because I'm a talk-show host?" I hope your son gets all the care he needs. This is partly what drives up the cost of health care and forces consumers to go to the insurance companies to pay for the care they need.

"I don't get anything out of this, Brian, you phony little creep". He said Cassidy had lied to his face. Christie said he also disagreed with Kimmel but dismissed his comments against the GOP, saying he is "not a serious person" to which the host said, "I'm not a serious person? They're taking care of the people who give them money like insurance companies, and we're all just looking at our Instagram accounts and liking things while they're voting on whether people can afford to keep their children alive or not".

"This is a chance for you, at the state level, to have control over funds", Graham added, "and for us to be as flexible as we possibly can be in our designing systems that make sense for your states".

He then showed the numbers of senators believed to be on the fence concerning the bill.

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