Jimmy Kimmel’s revelation that his son was born with heart defect, and how being insured was instrumental in saving his life, is getting a lot of attention from the left and the right. Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) said on Friday that a Senate plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare should pass the “Jimmy Kimmel test.”
Cassidy told CNN: “I ask does it pass the Jimmy Kimmel test? Will a child born with congenital heart disease be able to get everything she or he would need in the first year of life. I want it to pass the Jimmy Kimmel test,” The Hill reported.
He added that “simple answer, I want to make sure folks get the care they need.”
Kimmel made an impassioned plea on Monday night for keeping ObamaCare, revealing during a nearly 13-minute monologue that his son was born with a heart defect.
House Republicans passed a replacement plan on Thursday that included a provision allowing states to apply for waivers for community ratings, one of ObamaCare’s key protections for people with pre-existing conditions.
If a state repeals the measure it could allow insurers to go back to charging exorbitant premiums to people based on their health, a move that could price many out of being able to afford insurance.
The Senate is expected to move slowly and make major changes to the House’s legislation as they try to figure out a plan that could win over 50 of 52 GOP senators.
Asked if he could support the House bill in its current form, Cassidy said: “The Senate will write its own bill, that’s clear, Mitch McConnell has made that clear,” according to the report.
He added that he’s introduced legislation with Sen. Susan Collins that would “take care of people with pre-existing conditions.”