Many are seeing the successful House vote to repeal Obamacare as political suicide for Republicans (or murder-suicide, if you believe that Obamacare’s repeal will end up killing people).
However, many others believe that it’s the Obamacare repeal itself that is going to die, this time at the hands of wary Republicans in the Senate. One hard-right conservative senator from the South recently voiced his concerns with the House bill in its present state.
Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana is a medical doctor, and was evidently affected by Jimmy Kimmel’s recent plea on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to lawmakers not to take away life-saving protections for people with preexisting conditions, such as Kimmel’s baby son who was born with heart defects. In an interview on CNN Newsroom, Cassidy was asked if he could back a healthcare bill that allows insurers to cap what they pay out. Responded Senator Cassidy, “As you present that, I ask, ‘Does it pass the Jimmy Kimmel test?’ Will the child born with a congenital heart disease be able to get everything she or he would need in that first year of life? I want it to pass the Jimmy Kimmel test.”
Said Kimmel on his program while tearing up, “No parent should ever have to decide if they can afford to save their child’s life. It just shouldn’t happen. Not here. We need to make sure that the people who are supposed to represent us ― the people who are meeting about this right now in Washington ― understand that very clearly. Let’s stop with the nonsense. This isn’t football. There are no teams. We are the team. It’s the United States. Don’t let their partisan squabbles divide us on something every decent person wants.” Do you think Cassidy’s response is a sign that Trumpcare will fail in the Senate?
— John Berman (@JohnBerman) May 5, 2017