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Jimmy Kimmel escalates his feud with Sen. Cassidy over healthcare bill

'Help me out, which part don’t I understand?' Kimmel said on his show Tuesday.


Kris Seavers


Posted on Sep 21, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 4:45 pm CDT

Jimmy Kimmel stood firm Wednesday on his stance against the healthcare bill put forward by Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.).

On CNN’s New Day, Cassidy said he was “sorry” Kimmel didn’t “understand” the Graham-Cassidy bill after Kimmel called him a liar. 

Kimmel doubled down, saying he understands the implications of the bill that would replace the Affordable Care Act.

“Help me out, which part don’t I understand?” Kimmel said on his show Tuesday. “Is it the part where you cut $243 billion from federal healthcare assistance? Am I not understanding the part where states would be allowed to let insurance companies price you out of coverage for having pre-existing conditions? Maybe I don’t understand the part of your bill in which federal funding disappears completely after 2026 or maybe it was the part where the plans are no longer required to pay for essential health benefits like maternity care or pediatric visits.”

The late-night host also made it clear he’s not interested in fueling the fire of a celebrity feud. He just cares a lot about squashing the Graham-Cassidy bill.

“I don’t want to turn this into a Kanye-and-Taylor-Swift-type situation,” Kimmel said, “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 sincere.”

“Sadly, the bill he unveiled last week with Sen. Lindsey Graham indicates that he was not sincere,” Kimmel said. “It is, by many accounts, the worst health care bill yet.”

According to numerous reports, Kimmel is correct.

H/T New York Times

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*First Published: Sep 21, 2017, 7:34 am CDT