Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell intends to pass the Senate version of the Obamacare-repealing and Medicaid-gutting Trumpcare bill with a simple majority vote.
This is certainly possible, but it would require McConnell to avoid no more than one defection from his own ranks, assuming that no Democratic senators vote for the bill. A Republican senator named Bill Cassidy must be causing McConnell to lose sleep, then, since he has just doubled down on his opinion that the bill needs to pass the “Jimmy Kimmel test” by going on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and discussing his dissatisfaction with the bill.
Louisianan Cassidy, who is a medical doctor, garnered headlines by commenting about the Trumpcare bill, “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 simple answer is, I want to make sure folks get the care they need.” Appearing live remotely on Kimmel’s show, Cassidy stated his desire for a better and more generous healthcare plan than the one drawn up in the House bill. Said Cassidy to Kimmel, referencing Trump’s own hollow campaign promises, “If you take the most prominent Republican politician, Donald Trump, he has said that he actually wants all to be covered, he wants to take care of pre-existing conditions without mandates — Americans hate mandates — and lastly, maybe most importantly, he wants to lower premiums. We have got to have insurance that passes the Jimmy Kimmel test.” When Cassidy was asked if Americans should have quality healthcare that they can afford, Cassidy answered bluntly, “Yup.” Are you happy that at least one Republican senator is speaking out against Trumpcare? Watch the full interview below: