ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel on Tuesday torched the GOP’s latest effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, and took particular issue with one of the bill’s sponsors, Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) for “lying to [his] face” when he established the so-called “Jimmy Kimmel test.”
Kimmel made headlines in May with an emotional monologue after revealing his son was born with a congenital heart condition. He appealed to lawmakers to ensure every child would be able to receive the care his son received in his infancy. Cassidy took it upon himself to insist all future healthcare bills pass the “Jimmy Kimmel test.”
“He wasn’t very honest,” Kimmel said Tuesday of Cassidy’s pledge.
“This new bill actually does pass the ‘Jimmy Kimmel test’, but a different ‘Jimmy Kimmel test.’” Kimmel continued. “With this one, your child with a preexisting condition will get the care he needs if, and only if, his father is Jimmy Kimmel.”
Kimmel pointed out that Cassidy’s bill is actually worse than the original plan the GOP senator spoke out against. He also accuse Republicans of trying to “sneak this scam of a bill in.”
“Healthcare is complicated, it’s boring, I don’t want to talk about it,” Kimmel said. “… That’s what these guys are relying on. We’re all just looking at our Instagram accounts and ‘liking’ things while they’re voting on whether people can keep their children alive or not.”
“This guy, Bill Cassidy, just lied right to my face,” Kimmel said, playing a clip of his interview with Cassidy.
To detractors arguing Kimmel is using his son for political reasons, Kimmel charged, “I am politicizing my son’s health problems, because I have to.”
“You can shove your disgusting comments where your doctor won’t be giving you a prostate exam once they take your health benefits away,” Kimmel said.
The late night host then directed Cassidy to “stop using my name” if he’s going to continue trying to take healthcare away from millions of people.
Watch Kimmel’s passionate plea below, via ABC:
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) September 20, 2017
CNN’s John Avlon slams Bill Barr’s lifelong career of ‘radical’ hypocrisy
On Wednesday, CNN fact-checker John Avlon laid into Attorney General William Barr's agenda, breaking down his history as a hardcore partisan who adopts whatever beliefs are necessary to silence the left.
"Ten months into his tenure it's clear Bill Barr is one of the most radical and partisan attorney generals in American history," said Avlon. "In statement after statement, Barr seems to show he believes the attorney general should function as the president's personal lawyer. He cut a critical sentence and a half, hiding the first part that said Russia worked to secure a Trump presidency and the campaign expected it would benefit from their interference. On Monday, after Barr's own inspector general concluded there was no spying on the Trump campaign, Barr slammed the report on the president's behalf."
Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg is Time magazine’s 2019 Person of the Year
Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg was chosen as Time magazine's Person of the Year for 2019, the magazine announced Wednesday.
The 16-year-old has found herself in the role of spokesperson for a generation haunted by climate emergency since her solo strike against global warming outside Sweden's parliament last year.
The magazine cover has a picture of Thunberg with the subtitle "The Power of Youth."
Ex-Bush official shreds Barr for serving Trump’s ‘authoritarian’ ambitions
MSNBC's Elise Jordan busted Attorney General William Barr's hypocrisy on surveillance.
The "Morning Joe" contributor and former White House official in the George W. Bush administration, where Barr also served -- and helped build the surveillance state before going on to work for telecommunications companies that turned over customer data to the government.