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Jimmy Kimmel is not backing down in his battle with Republican lawmakers over new legislation that would overhaul the US healthcare system.
For the second night in a row, the late-night host attacked the authors of the bill, known as Graham-Cassidy, and implored viewers to oppose the measure.
Kimmel said during his show on Tuesday that one of the plan’s authors – Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana – lied to him when he said that any healthcare plan would have to protect people with preexisting conditions to earn his support.
Cassidy told Kimmel in May after the host’s emotional monologue about his newborn son’s open-heart surgeries that he wouldn’t support any bill that would allow insurers to charge people with preexisting conditions more for coverage, dubbing it the “Jimmy Kimmel test.”
But healthcare-policy experts have said the bill would allow states to apply for waivers that could lead to insurers doing just that.
After Kimmel said the bill failed the test, the senator said on CNN that the host “does not understand.”
“Oh, I get it, I don’t understand because I’m a talk-show host, right?” Kimmel said Wednesday night.
He proceeded to attack the bill’s proposed cuts to federal healthcare funding and pointed to multiple medical-industry groups that have come out against the legislation.
“Which part of that am I not understanding?” Kimmel said. “Or could it be, Sen. Cassidy, that the problem is that I do understand and you got caught with your G-O-Penis out? Is that possible?”
Kimmel also said it was the “worst healthcare bill yet” and that Cassidy had gone back on his word.
The late-night host also went after others who had either told him to stay out of it or suggested he didn’t understand the debate. Here’s a rundown of his targets:
- “Fox & Friends” host Brian Kilmeade: “The reason I found this comment to be particularly annoying is because this is a guy, Brian Kilmeade, who whenever I see him kisses my ass like a little boy meeting Batman.” Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey: Christie, who opposes the bill, said Kimmel was “not a serious person” during an appearance on MSNBC. “I’m not a serious person?” Kimmel said on Wednesday. “I never got my head stuck in a bucket of fried chicken!” Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, one of the bill’s authors: Graham said Kimmel’s comments on Tuesday were “garbage.” Kimmel said: “I’m not going to attack Lindsey Graham for two reasons: No. 1, he’s one of the few Republicans who stands up to Donald Trump, and No. 2, Lindsey Graham happens to look a lot like my Grandma Jane, who is now deceased.” President Donald Trump: “There’s no way President Trump read this bill that he says is great,” Kimmel said. “He just wants to get rid of it because Obama’s name is on it. The Democrats should just rename it ‘Ivankacare’ – guaranteed he gets on board. Can you imagine Donald Trump actually sitting down to read a healthcare bill? It’s like trying to imagine a dog doing your taxes.”
Watch the full monologue: