UPDATE: Cassidy and Kimmel continue their Obamacare back-and-forth
The back-and-forth between Bill Cassidy, medical doctor and U.S. senator, and Jimmy Kimmel, talk-show host and besotted parent, is turning into a pretty sustained rally.
It was during an earlier bid by congressional Republicans to overhaul the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama's signature health-insurance legislation, that Kimmel, fresh from the arrival of a son born with a heart defect, fired his first volley in the impassioned debate. In a tearful monologue on his ABC(DIS)show in May, he argued (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/jimmy-kimmels-tearful-monologue-about-baby-son-hits-on-gravity-of-health-decisions-2017-05-02) that partisanship posed a threat to what all Americans should want: the same access to life-saving care for all kids that his newborn had.
(He also noted that baby Billy, from his first, tenuous day of life, was in possession of a pre-existing condition.)
Cassidy, a liver specialist, appeared subsequently on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/arts-and-entertainment/wp/2017/05/09/jimmy-kimmel-slams-critics-of-his-emotional-health-care-plea-calls-out-newt-gingrich/?tid=a_inl&utm_term=.215b892098ac) and vowed that he was one Republican who would not support legislation to repeal, or repeal-and-replace, or otherwise substantively amend the health law if a measure before the Senate did not pass "the Jimmy Kimmel test."
Having since emerged as a frontman for Graham-Cassidy, an eleventh-hour Republican bid to vanquish the law known as Obamacare (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/obamacare-repeal-effort-picks-up-steam-as-mccain-signals-hes-a-yes-2017-09-18), which does not feature the guarantees required to meet that test -- a test, Kimmel noted, that Cassidy himself authored -- the Louisiana Republican, Kimmel said on his show Tuesday night (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/abcs-jimmy-kimmel-calls-senator-a-liar-pleads-for-health-care-2017-09-19), has shown himself to be less than truthful. Cassidy, Kimmel said, "just lied right to my face."
Co-sponsor Sen. Lindsey Graham, who has said the choice now before the Senate is between federalism and socialism (http://theweek.com/speedreads/725599/lindsey-graham-insists-healthcare-bill-only-thing-standing-between-america-socialism), averred Wednesday that Kimmel, whom he called funny and decent, was under the influence of "liberal talking points."