Jimmy Kimmel takes aim at Trump in his latest Graham-Cassidy tirade

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Sen. Bill Cassidy responds to criticism from Jimmy Kimmel over healthcare bill
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Jimmy Kimmel targeted President Trump in his latest monologue about health care, which he delivered on his late night show Thursday. 

The Jimmy Kimmel Live host has devoted significant air time on his ABC program this week to critiquing the Graham-Cassidy health care bill, introduced by Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Bill Cassidy, R-La., the latter who appeared on Kimmel’s program in May. 

Early that month, Kimmel made a plea for the government to keep health care affordable for those with pre-existing conditions after revealing his newborn, Billy, had open-heart surgery shortly after he was born in April. 

While the Graham-Cassidy bill would keep the requirement that insurance companies offer coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, states would be able to apply for waivers that would allow them to charge more. States could also apply for waivers for certain coverage currently mandated under Obamacare — like hospitalization and maternity care — and could weaken protections on imposing caps.

On Tuesday, Kimmel tore into Cassidy for the bill he feels contradicts what Cassidy vowed to do during his appearance on Kimmel Live, and declared that Cassidy “lied right to (his) face.” Wednesday, Kimmel knocked Cassidy after the senator claimed on CNN’s New Day that Kimmel “does not understand” the bill.

On the program, Cassidy argued that the bill would keep in place the protections he discussed with Kimmel.

“Under (the bill) more people will have coverage, and we protect those with pre-existing conditions,” Cassidy said.

He estimated, “There will be billions more dollars to provide health insurance coverage for those in those states who have been passed by Obamacare.”

It is difficult to know just how many people will gain or lose coverage and what premiums will cost because the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has not released a comprehensive analysis of the bill.  

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Jimmy Kimmel is railing against a Republican senator for his latest attempt to repeal and replace ObamaCare.
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After recapping the feud for his audience, Kimmel brought up Trump’s support of the bill, which the president issued on Twitter Wednesday. 

“He wrote, ‘I would not sign Graham-Cassidy if it did not include coverage of pre-existing conditions. It does! A great Bill. Repeal Replace,'” Kimmel said, reading the president’s tweet. “Which those are the keywords — ‘Repeal Replace’ — because for Donald Trump this isn’t about the Graham-Cassidy bill. It’s about getting rid of Obamacare, which he hates, primarily because Obama’s name is on it.

“He likes to have his name on things — buildings, vodka, you name it,” Kimmel continued. “And, at this point, he would sign anything if it meant getting rid of Obamacare. He’d sign copies of the Quran at the Barnes Noble in Fallujah if it meant he could get rid of Obamacare.”

Kimmel also expressed his doubts that Trump is knowledgeable of the bill. “I guarantee he doesn’t know anything about this Graham-Cassidy bill,” Kimmel said. “He doesn’t know the difference between Medicare and Medicaid. He barely knows the difference between Melania and Ivanka.” 

The late night host also responded to critics who believe he is unfit to tackle the topic of health care. 

“I see these comments from these angry people,” he began. “They say, ‘What qualifies you to talk about this stuff? You’re a comedian. Go back to being not funny.’ And I feel like it’s my duty to remind these people, who are so concerned about my qualifications, the guy you voted for president, his job qualification was this.” 

Kimmel then showed a clip of The Celebrity Apprentice and afterward explained, “(Trump) fired Meat Loaf on television, and then you put him in the White House.”

Eliza Collins contributed to this report. 

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