GOP SENATOR: Obamacare repeal must 'pass the Jimmy Kimmel test'

UNITED STATES- FEBRUARY 01 Sen. Bill Cassidy R-La. listens to David Shulkin nominee for Veterans Affairs secretary testify during his Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee confirmation hearing in Dirksen Building

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The 36-year-old actress served as one of the guest-hosts of Jimmy Kimmel Live after Jimmy revealed that his son was born with a condition that required open-heart surgery.

The Republican from Louisiana cited Kimmel's passionate monologue on health care when Cassidy responded to a question from CNN's John Berman on whether he could "support a bill that allows insurance companies to cap their payouts to customers".

"As you present that, I ask, 'Does it pass the Jimmy Kimmel test?'" the senator replied.

"You know, before 2014, if you were born with congenital heart disease, like my son was, there's a good chance you'd never be able to get health insurance, because you had a pre-existing condition", Kimmel said in a clip that went viral.

"So simple answer, I want to make sure and the bill accomplishes this, that if a child is born and has what (Kimmel's) child had that they would receive all the services, even if they go over a certain amount", Cassidy said. During his emotional remarks, the late-night host got political, criticizing Trump for attempting to cut funds from the National Institutes of Health while pointing out that his son's congenital heart issue would be considered a pre-existing condition.

Cassidy, who is a physician, months ago proposed his own bill to replace the Affordable Care Act along with Sen.

"They can work. The high risk in ME is working beautifully". "Right after the show he said thank you so much again".

When the newly-passed American Health Care bill arrives in the U.S. Senate, will it be ripped up? The measure now heads to the Senate where it is likely to face an uphill battle and substantial changes. Susan Collins of Maine.

"We don't have a score on the House bill, but let's just speak to the positive".

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