Graham, Cassidy Say Jimmy Kimmel's Attack on GOP Health Care Bill Is Unfair
Kimmel, whose infant son required open-heart surgery at birth, claimed the bill will hurt children, seniors and veterans. He took aim at critics who argue he is "politicizing" his son's health issues.
"I am politicizing my son's health problems because I have to," he said.
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) September 19, 2017
Sen. Graham pushed back on "Fox & Friends" this morning by saying ObamaCare is "collapsing" and access to health care is shrinking across the country.
He noted that Cassidy is a doctor who worked at a nonprofit hospital treating the underprivileged and that the bill requires pre-existing conditions to be covered by each state.
Graham called out Kimmel for not talking to Cassidy about the proposal before weighing in on national TV.
"I bet he looked at some liberal talking point, bought it hook, line and sinker and went after Bill Cassidy without talking to him. I think that's unfair," he told Brian Kilmeade.
Meantime, Sen Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is opposing the bill because it fails to repeal ObamaCare. Graham said he believes the bill is close to the 50 votes it needs to pass, expressing hope that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) will support the legislation.
Watch the interview above.
UPDATE: Sen. Cassidy spoke on "America's Newsroom" this morning, also criticizing Kimmel for an unfair and "wrong" characterization of the bill.
"I wish he understood completely," said Cassidy, emphasizing there are "protections" in the bill for those with pre-existing conditions.
Watch that clip below.