“This guy, Bill Cassidy, just lied right to my face.”
Back on the first of May on his ABC late-night talk show, Jimmy Kimmel gave a rare emotional, serious monologue. The comedian opened up about a health crisis with his newborn son. And it was absolutely heart wrenching.
Choking back tears, Kimmel said,
“We were brought up to believe that we live in the greatest country in the world, but until a few years ago millions and millions of us had no access to health insurance at all. You know, before 2014 if you were born with congenital heart disease like my son was, there was a good chance you’d never be able to get health insurance because you had a pre-existing condition. You were born with a pre-existing condition and if your parents didn’t have medical insurance you might not live long enough to even get denied because of a pre-existing condition. If your baby is going to die and it doesn’t have to, it shouldn’t matter how much money you make.”
Following that emotional plea, Republican Senator Bill Cassidy started making TV appearances saying that he wouldn’t support any new Republican healthcare legislation unless it could “pass the Jimmy Kimmel test.”
Cassidy even agreed to go on Kimmel’s show to talk with him about it. Right there on national TV Cassidy made all kinds of promises to Kimmel about the new legislation. But clearly, the Senator had absolutely no intention of keeping any of those promises.
The new nightmare Graham-Cassidy bill is even worse than the Republicans’ previous bill that prompted Kimmel’s original outcry. Cassidy lied to Kimmel. He lied to all of us. He just used Kimmel and his son’s health emergency to pull yet another Republican con.
And on Tuesday night, Jimmy Kimmel dropped the hammer. He used his monologue to point out what a hypocritical liar Cassidy really is.
“Health care is complicated. It’s boring. I don’t want to talk about it. 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 and liking things while they’re voting on whether people can afford to keep their children alive or not. Most of the congresspeople who vote on this bill probably won’t even read it. And they want us to do the same thing. They want us to treat it like an iTunes service agreement. And this guy, Bill Cassidy, just lied right to my face.”
Kimmel went on to list all of the things that Cassidy lied about. And then he plastered the phone number for the Capitol switchboard on the screen and encouraged his audience to call the number and tell their representatives how they feel about this bill.