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Jimmy Kimmel: Health bill flunks 'Kimmel test'

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Jimmy Kimmel gave an extended rip of the Graham-Cassidy health bill last night saying Cassidy had lied to him when he said he wouldn't back health legislation that didn't pass the "Jimmy Kimmel test." That is, no family should be denied emergency health care if they couldn't afford it.

No caps on coverage, in other words. No punitive charges for pre-existing conditions. Obamacare provides that protection. The Graham-Cassidy bill does not, as Kimmel explains very clearly. Despite assurances from Cassidy to the contrary, it does not guarantee continued coverage of maternity health care, among other damaging changes.

The danger of this bill passing in stealth fashion is high. I was surprised today that a story on developments didn't merit front-page coverage (apart from a photo) in today's Democrat-Gazette. Gov. Asa Hutchinson's decision to back this bill, despite abundant analysis that says it will have harsh impact on Arkansas, was mentioned in passing. The bill is effectively the end of Medicaid in a relatively short period of time. Call your congressman even though, in Arkansas, you might as well pee into the wind.

Politicians are not taking care of you, Kimmel said. No kidding.

"I am politicizing my son's health problems," Kimmel conceded. "Because I have to."

Watch it.

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