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Jimmy Kimmel slams GOP senator for lying ‘right to my face’ over health care

Yet again, Jimmy Kimmel is slamming lawmakers over health care.   

This time he is attacking the Graham-Cassidy bill, proposed by Sens. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy. Cassidy really appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! In May after the talk show host’s emotional speech about his son’s heart operation.  

The senator promised that he’d only support a bill that passed on the “Jimmy Kimmel test” — meaning that it would guarantee policy for kids like Kimmel’s child, born with congenital heart disorder.  

On Tuesday night, Kimmel said Cassidy “lied right to my head.”

“This bill really does pass the Jimmy Kimmel test — but a different Jimmy Kimmel test,” he explained. “With this one, your child using a preexisting illness will find the care he needs if and only when his dad is Jimmy Kimmel. Otherwise, you might be screwed.”

Then he absolutely laid into Graham and Cassidy.

“They’re counting on you to be so overwhelmed with all the information, you just trust them to look after you,” he explained. “But they’re not taking care of you. They’re taking good care of the individuals that are giving them cash, like insurance companies.”

“This guy, Bill Cassidy, lied right to my head”

There is a reason Kimmel is so mad. The new Senate bill permits insurers to once again raise rates for individuals with pre-existing states, or even deny them coverage. It would also remove federal funding and Obamacare subsidies .

It’s difficult to tell how many individuals would lose their insurance thanks to this bill, because the bipartisan Congressional Budget Office has not scored it yet — and won’t do this until after the Senate the votes on it.  

He isn’t called a firebrand, although Kimmel might poke fun at politicians. He leaves that. But he has gone through the adventure of waiting out his baby son’s heart operation.

So many Americans — myself included — have watched friends and family members cope with cardiovascular disease cancer, along with other conditions.  

Imagining them being denied care or going bankrupt on top of getting of this seems beyond cruel. And that’s why it’s so important that even individuals who do not look “political” speak out.  

“Before you post a horrible Facebook post saying I am politicizing my son’s health issues, I would like you to know — I’m politicizing my son’s health issues, because I must,” he explained.  

Hopefully senators were listening.  

Read more: http://mashable.com/

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