What is Graham-Cassidy, and why should you care if it passes?

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On Tuesday, late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel took aim at Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy in his monologue, focusing on the senator's recent push on an Obamacare (Affordable Care Act) repeal bill that is now being looked at in the Senate.

As evidenced by their not exactly enthusiastic explanations of the policy details that make up the new Republican healthcare bill, GOP senators seem to be well aware the legislation is a dud. There's a new "Jimmy Kimmel test" for you. Rand Paul (R-KY) has dismissed it as "Obamacare lite" and Sen.

The bill would restrict people who get tax credits to buy insurance on the individual market from purchasing plans that include abortion coverage. Graham-Cassidy Bill is GREAT! Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (La.), has emerged as the next front-runner to replace Obamacare's top-down federal structure.

According to Cassidy, the bill will provide more people with coverage and protection than Obamacare.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday backed the healthcare coverage plan crafted by GOP Senators Lindsey Graham of SC and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana - a measure giving states far more power over medical insurance.

"This bill that he came up with is actually worse" than the one senators John McCain, Susan Collins, and Lisa Murkowski torpedoed last time, Kimmel said.

The reaction was swift and fierce, especially because Kimmel tweeted the Capitol switchboard number for viewers to call their senators urging a "no" vote.

Kimmel responded to accusations that he was politicizing his young son's heart condition by agreeing and saying it was the right thing to do, because many families with kids don't have coverage like his does.

"Health care is complicated", Kimmel told his audience.

Kimmel - whose infant son, born in April, needed open heart surgery - has advocated for mandatory coverage for pre-existing conditions and no lifetime limits on insurance coverage.

"I'm sorry he does not understand", Cassidy said.

Christie said he has been lobbied to support the measure but will not because it will take money away from states like New Jersey that expanded Medicaid.

For that reason, Kimmel said the bill not only failed Cassidy's original Kimmel test but also created a new one.



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