GOP senator says Trumpcare bill must pass 'Jimmy Kimmel test' to win his support
Sen. Bill Cassidy (Photo: Screen capture)

Jimmy Kimmel's emotional monologue about his newborn son's heart surgery came too late to stop Trumpcare from passing, but it may help craft a more compassionate bill in the Senate.


Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) appeared Friday morning on "CNN Newsroom," where co-host John Berman asked him whether he could support a bill that allows insurance companies to cap payouts to their customers.

"I ask does it pass the Jimmy Kimmel test," Cassidy said. "Would a child born with a congenital heart disease be able to get everything he or she would need in that first year of life? I want it to pass the Jimmy Kimmel test."

Cassidy, a physician, has introduced an amendment with Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) that would allow states to keep the Affordable Care Act or provide an alternative that would automatically enroll residents in a basic health insurance and pharmacy plan.

"So simple answer, I want to make sure and the bill accomplishes this, that if a child is born and has what (Kimmel's) child had that they would receive all the services, even if they go over a certain amount," Cassidy said. "So the simple answer, I want to make sure folks get the care they need."