"This guy, Bill Cassidy, just lied right to my face," the late night host says in his opening monlogue.
Jimmy Kimmel started his show Tuesday night with a passionate, 7-minute speech aimed at Senator Bill Cassidy, after the politician seemingly broke his word to the talk show host to ensure all children have access to health care.
Cassidy first appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" back in May, where he initiated the "Jimmy Kimmel Test." He promised that "no family should be denied medical care, emergency or otherwise because they can't afford it." According to Kimmel, however, Cassidy's latest bill sings a different tune.
"A few months ago after my son had open heart surgery, which was something I spoke about on the air, a politician, a senator named Bill Cassidy from Louisiana was on my show and he wasn't very honest," Kimmel said last night. "It seemed like he was being honest, he got a lot of credit and attention for coming off like a rare, reasonable voice in a the Republican party when it comes to health care."
"I don't know what happened to Bill Cassidy," Kimmel continued. "But when he was on this publicity tour, he listed his demands for a health care bill very clearly. These were his words. He said he wants coverage for all, no discrimination based on preexisting conditions, lower premiums for middle-class families and no lifetime caps. Guess what? The new bill does none of those things."
Jimmy said Cassidy's new plan does pass the Jimmy Kimmel Test, as in, "your child with a preexisting condition will get the care he needs, if and only if his father is Jimmy Kimmel. Otherwise, you might be screwed."
Kimmel admitted that talking about health care is "boring" and something he doesn't necessarily care to do. "And that's what these guys are relying on, they're counting on you to be so overwhelmed with all the information, you just trust them to take care of you," he added. "We're all just looking at our Instagram accounts liking things while they're voting on whether people can afford to keep their children alive or not."
"Most of the Congresspeople who vote on this bill probably won't even read it. And they want us to do the same thing," he continued. "They want us to treat it like an iTunes service agreement. And this guy, Bill Cassidy, just lied right to my face."
The late night host then shared a message to his haters, who accused him of politicizing his son's health problems.
"I am politicizing my son's health problems because I have to," he said. "My family has health insurance, we don't have to worry about this. So you can shove your disgusting comments where your doctor won't be giving you a prostate exam once they take your health care benefits away."
After listing off the agencies opposed to the Cassidy Bill, he urged his viewers to call their congressperson and gave a final message to Bill Cassidy himself.
"Stop using my name, because I don't want my name on it," he said. "There's a new Jimmy Kimmel test for you, it's called a lie detector test. You're welcome to stop by the studio and take it anytime."
Cassidy appeared on CNN on Wednesday, where he said Kimmel "does not understand" his new bill, adding that it protects "those with preexisting conditions." Under the bill, states would have to describe how they'd "maintain access to adequate and affordable health insurance coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions," without setting guidelines.