Jimmy Kimmel: Senator 'lied right to my face' on health care

Oscar Cross
September 21, 2017

After late night host Jimmy Kimmel on Tuesday night slammed Sen. The host called Graham-Cassidy worse than the health care bills that failed in the Senate earlier this summer and skewered the bill's authors for keeping the details under wraps. "Skinny repeal is better than no repeal", Paul said on Fox News. Reconciliation lets certain fiscally-oriented bills dodge filibusters and pass with only 51 votes. Bill Cassidy as a liar on Tuesday night, assailing the Republicans' latest attempt to repeal Obamacare and pleading with Congress to protect Americans' health insurance. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) turns most control of health care over to the states, keeping some of Obamacare's taxes in place and giving funds earmarked for health care to states in the form of block grants.

The Graham-Cassidy bill now being pushed in the Senate would repeal the individual and employer mandates as well as shift Obamacare's Medicaid expansion funding and insurance subsidy structure into a block grant program for states. His son's surgery led to astronomical costs and Kimmel said: "No parents should ever have to decide if they can afford to save their child's life".

"You know, before 2014, if you were born with congenital heart disease like my son was, there's a good chance you'd never be able to get health insurance because you had a pre-existing condition", he said on the show.

The bill needs to pass by the end of September to have a realistic chance of being enacted into law.

Popp's statement said: "It is the leader's intention to consider Graham-Cassidy on the floor next week".

"Legislation should receive consideration under regular order, including hearings in health committees and input from the appropriate health-related parties", added the governors' letter.

Shortly after the president's tweets, Paul responded with his own tweets, renewing his criticism of the bill.

Kimmel listed the many health care organizations that have opposed the legislation and called on viewers to take action saying of bill's backers.

The Senate's longshot Obamacare repeal bill is starting to look possible.

Cassidy might have President Donald Trump on his side - "Money direct to States!" The bill would reduce spending gaps between states that expanded Medicaid and the mostly Republican states that did not, but details on the measure's exact effects on each state were unclear.

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