Late night host Jimmy Kimmel returned to his show on Monday night a week after a short hiatus to be with family after his newborn son recovers from a congenital heart defect. Before his break, he made a plea to Capitol Hill to not repeal Obamacare and leave millions of people without health insurance.
The House voted to repeal and replace Obamacare in a 217-213 vote on Thursday, and Kimmel was shocked to find out that his emotional monologue did nothing to move the needle in Washington.
Instead, however, Kimmel invited Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), who not only is a practicing physician, but also proposed that the Senate create a health care bill that passes the “Jimmy Kimmel test.” Before the interview was over, Cassidy was interrupted by applause multiple times — showing Republicans can appeal to late night audiences with the right message.
Kimmel joked in the beginning that he thought the only medical test named after him would have to do with getting an “embarrassing sexually transmitted disease.”
“Don’t go there, Jimmy,” Cassidy responded.
The Louisiana senator continued to note that President Trump is looking to improve health care, so that people like Kimmel’s son with a congenital heart defect is covered throughout their life and that middle class families can afford it.
“[Trump] has said that he actually wants all to be covered, he wants to take care of pre-existing conditions without mandates. Americans hate mandates. And, lastly, maybe most importantly, he wants to lower premiums.” Cassidy said before noting that premiums for middle class families have skyrocketed to $40,000 with almost $16,000 deductibles.
“We’ve got to have insurance that passes the ‘Jimmy Kimmel test,’ but a middle class family can no longer afford.”
Before the interview ended, Kimmel volunteered to pay more in taxes so that middle class families could afford these type of health care plans.
Watch the Kimmel’s monologue and interview with Sen. Bill Cassidy below: