#EndorseThis: Jimmy Kimmel Calls Out Cassidy Over Health Bill "Scam"

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Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Sen.

Bill Cassidy, a Republican from Louisiana, of lying to him about his intentions for health care reform and Kimmel ripped apart the Obamacare repeal bill the senator has co-authored.

"I've never felt better about where we're at", said Senator Lindsey Graham, who chiefly co-sponsored the bill with Senator Bill Cassidy. With this one, your child with a preexisting condition will get the care he needs-if, and only if, his father is Jimmy Kimmel. As ThinkProgress previously detailed, the bill allows states to allow insurers to discriminate against people with preexisting conditions, charging them more and possibly pricing them out of the market. A week after Kimmel's plea, the Louisiana senator appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" to expand on his idea of affordable health care.

Yet as Republicans moved towards a repeal-and-replace effort engineered by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, Kimmel went on Twitter to remind Cassidy of his vow: "Reminder for Sen @BillCassidy: Kimmel test is 'No family should be denied medical care, emerg or otherwise, because they can't afford it'". Cassidy responded "yep" in the clip. First, he released a statement to reporters that didn't address Kimmel's criticism directly, but instead asserted that there's at least one family out there that will receive coverage through his bill.

"Look, this is so outrageous and so harmful that we're going to look at every possible way to slow this bill down", Schumer said. "Let's finish the job".

During a almost seven-minute monologue on Tuesday, Kimmel decried Cassidy's most-recent proposal and blasted him for lying multiple times.

Cassidy's claims are false.

At that point, those programs-or the existing funding levels for them-would be folded into Medicaid block grants to states along with extraordinary state government flexibility for states to do with the money what they pleased. (The Congressional Budget Office announced on Monday that it would release a "preliminary" analysis of the bill early next week, but that won't include an estimate of how many would lose coverage.) One in five women of reproductive age get their health insurance through Medicaid, and cuts to the program would put essential reproductive health services out of reach of many low-income Americans, especially black and Latino patients.

But as Chris Sloan, senior manager at the health research firm Avalere, told Vox, states "could stretch the definition pretty broadly of what counts".

I honestly don't know what caused the shift, before he starts imposing real hardships on people who don't deserve it, perhaps Bill Cassidy can change back? "It's a pretty wide space". Through reconciliation, they have few, if any, options to block the bill. "Those are vague terms - can mean different things to different people".

McCain, who is battling an aggressive form of brain cancer, has been railing against the very process for weeks, urging Republicans to start over with a bipartisan approach and hold plenty of hearings and debates. "Guess what? The new bill does none of those things".

"We do think that Democrats made this a little easier for them", said Angel Padilla, policy director for The Indivisible Project. "While even numerous staunchest right-wingers in Congress have been willing to let the Obamacare repeal crusade die, Cassidy has thrown himself nearly single-handedly into its revival".



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