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Senator Who Called for ‘Jimmy Kimmel Test’ to Appear on His Show

Late-night host’s emotional plea inspired Republican Senator to create new litmus test

Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy, who said that any health care plan by the Senate should pass the “Jimmy Kimmel test,” will appear as a guest on Kimmel’s show Monday — his first since going on paternity leave a week ago.

During an emotional monologue last week, Kimmel revealed that his newborn son, Billy, was born with a heart condition that required surgery. Holding back tears, the late-night TV host made an passionate plea to keep ObamaCare and its protections for people with preexisting conditions.

Asked whether he could support a bill that allows insurance companies to cap their payments, Cassidy, a Republican, coined a new litmus test for health care.

“I ask, does it pass the Jimmy Kimmel test,” Cassidy told CNN’s John Berman on Friday. “Would the child born with a congenital heart disease be able to get everything she or he would need in that first year of life … even if they go over a certain amount?”

Monday’s show will also feature actor Zach Galifianakis and “Black-ish” star Tracee Ellis Ross.