The late-night host calls the Graham-Cassidy bill a 'scam'


After teasing on social media that he would have some pointed words for Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy and their proposed health care legislation, Jimmy Kimmel excoriated the Republican lawmakers in his late-night monologue Tuesday.

Kimmel directed his harshest criticism at Cassidy, who appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live in May and, at the time, seemed receptive to Kimmel’s passionate plea for sensible health care.

“He wasn’t very honest,” Kimmel said of the Louisiana senator Tuesday. “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 for coming up with what he called — and I didn’t name it this, he named it this — the Jimmy Kimmel Test. Which was, in a nutshell, no family should be denied medical care, emergency or otherwise, because they can’t afford it.”

But the Graham-Cassidy bill would enact deep cuts to Medicaid and likely cause millions of Americans to lose health coverage.

“This guy, Bill Cassidy, just lied right to my face,” Kimmel said. The late-night host also criticized the way Republican lawmakers are trying to fast-track the bill without bipartisan support.

“They’re trying to sneak this scam of a bill they cooked up in,” he said. “They don’t even want you to see it.”

Acknowledging that health care is “complicated” and “boring,” Kimmel continued, “The details are confusing, and that’s what these guys are relying on. They’re counting on you to be so overwhelmed with all the information, you just trust them to take care of you. But they’re not taking care of you — they’re taking care of the people who give them money, like insurance companies, and we’re all just looking at our Instagram accounts liking things while they’re voting on whether people can afford to keep their children alive or not.”

Kimmel concluded by urging Cassidy and fellow GOP lawmakers to reach across the aisle to fix the health care system. “And if not,” he said, “stop using my name, okay, because I don’t want my name on it. There’s a new Jimmy Kimmel Test for you: It’s called the lie detector test. You’re welcome to stop by the studio and take it anytime.”

Watch Kimmel’s monologue above.

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