This Senator Coined The 'Jimmy Kimmel Test' After Hearing The Host's Health Care Monologue

The pair had a discussion on Kimmel's show.

Last week, late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel delivered an emotional monologue in which he shared that his newborn son Billy was born with a heart condition that required surgery. The experience inspired him to passionately defend the Affordable Care Act (ACA), leading former President Obama himself to offer his praise and best wishes.

Only a few days after Kimmel's remarks, the House voted to pass the American Health Care Act (ACHA), which seeks to repeal and replace major parts of the ACA, potentially causing millions of Americans to lose their coverage and increasing premiums for those with pre-existing conditions like Kimmel's son. 

Kimmel returned from paternity leave on Monday and used his monologue to let his viewers know that Billy is doing well, and to thank everyone who donated to Children's Hospital Los Angeles, where Billy underwent surgery. The host also addressed some of the negative responses to his comments and offered a sarcastic apology.

"I would like to apologize for saying children in America should have health care," Kimmel deadpanned. "It was insensitive. It was offensive, and I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me."

All jokes aside, there was one Republican politician who heard Kimmel's concerns, and even mentioned the host when discussing the new health care bill the Senate plans to write. Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana coined the "Jimmy Kimmel Test," which asks, "Will a child born with a congenital heart disease be able to get everything she or he would need in that first year of life?"


Kimmel liked Cassidy's idea, for obvious reasons, so he invited the senator on his show for a discussion. The host introduced Cassidy by sharing that he's a gastroenterologist, his wife Laura is a retired surgeon, and he co-founded the Greater Baton Rouge Community Clinic. "So obviously this is someone who cares about people's health," Kimmel said.

The pair then had a civil discussion about the future of health care in the United States. Cassidy shared that his hope is to have "a health care program that not only works for the patient, but works for the taxpayer." He also encouraged Americans to call their senators, no matter their party, urging for "an American plan — not Democrat, not Republican."

Kimmel ended their conversation by suggesting what he thinks the Jimmy Kimmel Test should be: "No family should be denied medical care, emergency or otherwise, because they can't afford it." 

When Cassidy reminded him that "we gotta be able to pay for it," Kimmel had another suggestion: "Don't give a huge tax cut to millionaires like me, and instead leave it how it is." In response, Cassidy once again urged Americans to contact their senators and "enforce that concept."

See Kimmel and Cassidy's full discussion in the video below:

(H/T: GQ)


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