Health Care’s New Litmus: Passing the ‘Jimmy Kimmel Test’ (Video)

Senator Bill Cassidy has a new way of making sure a health care plan is up to snuff: It has to pass, as he put it, “the Jimmy Kimmel test.”

Asked whether he could support a bill that allows insurance companies to cap their payments, the Louisiana Republican coined his own phrase to describe his new litmus test.

“I ask, does it pass the Jimmy Kimmel test,” Cassidy, who is a physician, 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?”

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On Monday, Kimmel delivered an emotional plea for affordable health care after his newborn son, Billy, was born with a serious heart defect. Kimmel then went on to defend Obamacare, telling viewers that no parent should have to be in a situation where they can’t afford to save their children. Choking back tears, Kimmel insisted that health care should not be a partisan issue.

The House of Representatives narrowly passed a new bill Thursday aimed at overhauling the nation’s health care system. The measure now heads to the Senate where it is likely to face an uphill battle and substantial changes.

Cassidy insisted the Senate will address concerns, like the ones brought up by Kimmel, and touted his own health care plan, a partial replacement of the Affordable Care Act, which would allow states to continue operating under the law if they choose.

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He said his bill would cover people with pre-existing conditions by “expanding the risk pool so that those who are sicker, if you will, are in a pool of those who are younger and healthier.”

His plan, he said, would definitely pass the Kimmel test.

Watch the full exchange below.

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Senator Bill Cassidy has a new way of making sure a health care plan is up to snuff: It has to pass, as he put it, “the Jimmy Kimmel test.”

Asked whether he could support a bill that allows insurance companies to cap their payments, the Louisiana Republican coined his own phrase to describe his new litmus test.

“I ask, does it pass the Jimmy Kimmel test,” Cassidy, who is a physician, 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?”

On Monday, Kimmel delivered an emotional plea for affordable health care after his newborn son, Billy, was born with a serious heart defect. Kimmel then went on to defend Obamacare, telling viewers that no parent should have to be in a situation where they can’t afford to save their children. Choking back tears, Kimmel insisted that health care should not be a partisan issue.

The House of Representatives narrowly passed a new bill Thursday aimed at overhauling the nation’s health care system. The measure now heads to the Senate where it is likely to face an uphill battle and substantial changes.

Cassidy insisted the Senate will address concerns, like the ones brought up by Kimmel, and touted his own health care plan, a partial replacement of the Affordable Care Act, which would allow states to continue operating under the law if they choose.

He said his bill would cover people with pre-existing conditions by “expanding the risk pool so that those who are sicker, if you will, are in a pool of those who are younger and healthier.”

His plan, he said, would definitely pass the Kimmel test.

Watch the full exchange below.

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Donald Trump: Prophylactic Tweeting About Hillary Clinton

President Donald Trump will this week meet with Egypt’s President Abel Fattah el-Sisi, Jordan’s King Abdullah, and China’s President Xi Jinging. This morning, Trump did not kick off the week with tweets about any of these meetings. Nor did Trump tweet about this week’s confirmation hearing for his Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.
Trump did, however, tweet about Hillary Clinton. He still is fuming about Clinton getting a question in advance at a debate.
TV news outlets…

President Donald Trump will this week meet with Egypt's President Abel Fattah el-Sisi, Jordan's King Abdullah, and China’s President Xi Jinging. This morning, Trump did not kick off the week with tweets about any of these meetings. Nor did Trump tweet about this week’s confirmation hearing for his Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. Trump did, however, tweet about Hillary Clinton. He still is fuming about Clinton getting a question in advance at a debate. TV news outlets…

HLN’s Coy Wire Says Atlanta Super Bowl Win Would Offset Trump’s ‘Crime Infested’ Claim

HLN sports commentator Coy Wire says an Atlanta victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday would be the most important sporting event in the Southern city’s history — and would also serve as revenge for President Donald Trump’s recent trash talk about the metropolitan area.

“I can’t imagine that there would be a bigger sports moment than winning their first ever Super Bowl title,” Wire told TheWrap. He should know: Wire used to play for the Atlanta Falcons and still resides in the city.

Of course, there are other reasons he’s pulling for his hometown team.

“To have a moment like this on a worldwide stage would be much more than just a victory on a football field,” he said, citing what President Trump said last month about Atlanta being “in horrible shape and falling apart” and “crime infested.” (Trump said in reaction to being criticized by Georgia Rep. John Lewis — who boycotted his inauguration.)

The Super Bowl could turn political for a lot of fans across the country, as Trump is known to be close with several prominent Patriots, including team owner Bob Kraft and star quarterback Tom Brady.

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Wire also envisions the gains a Falcons victory would bring as a public relations win.

“It would be a notch on the belt of a city that is making great strides at becoming one of the premier cities in our country,” Wire continued. “I think the people would take a lot of pride.”

Despite how meaningful a Super Bowl victory would be for the city of Atlanta, Wire doesn’t expect the residents to partake in celebrating-turned-rioting that some cities have endured after major victories.

“I’m not nervous one bit. I will want to be front and center for that parade when the Falcons win. Southern hospitality will just jump out into the streets and we’re going to see a lot of people with big old smile and hugs,” Wire said.

Wire contributes to HLN’s “Morning Express with Robin Meade” and “Weekend Express with Lynn Smith” in addition to a variety of CNN programs. On Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET he will join John Berman, Hines Ward and Mike Freeman for a special “Kickoff in Houston: A CNN-Bleacher Report Special,” showcasing the unique access has been given to the Super Bowl events in Houston.

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HLN sports commentator Coy Wire says an Atlanta victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday would be the most important sporting event in the Southern city’s history — and would also serve as revenge for President Donald Trump’s recent trash talk about the metropolitan area.

“I can’t imagine that there would be a bigger sports moment than winning their first ever Super Bowl title,” Wire told TheWrap. He should know: Wire used to play for the Atlanta Falcons and still resides in the city.

Of course, there are other reasons he’s pulling for his hometown team.

“To have a moment like this on a worldwide stage would be much more than just a victory on a football field,” he said, citing what President Trump said last month about Atlanta being “in horrible shape and falling apart” and “crime infested.” (Trump said in reaction to being criticized by Georgia Rep. John Lewis — who boycotted his inauguration.)

The Super Bowl could turn political for a lot of fans across the country, as Trump is known to be close with several prominent Patriots, including team owner Bob Kraft and star quarterback Tom Brady.

Wire also envisions the gains a Falcons victory would bring as a public relations win.

“It would be a notch on the belt of a city that is making great strides at becoming one of the premier cities in our country,” Wire continued. “I think the people would take a lot of pride.”

Despite how meaningful a Super Bowl victory would be for the city of Atlanta, Wire doesn’t expect the residents to partake in celebrating-turned-rioting that some cities have endured after major victories.

“I’m not nervous one bit. I will want to be front and center for that parade when the Falcons win. Southern hospitality will just jump out into the streets and we’re going to see a lot of people with big old smile and hugs,” Wire said.

Wire contributes to HLN’s “Morning Express with Robin Meade” and “Weekend Express with Lynn Smith” in addition to a variety of CNN programs. On Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET he will join John Berman, Hines Ward and Mike Freeman for a special “Kickoff in Houston: A CNN-Bleacher Report Special,” showcasing the unique access has been given to the Super Bowl events in Houston.

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John Berman, Poppy Harlow Pair Up for New CNN Dayside Lineup

CNN announced a new dayside lineup on Tuesday that will pair popular hosts John Berman and Poppy Harlow for “CNN Newsroom” each weekday from 9-11 a.m. ET, replacing Carol Costello who will move to HLN.

Berman’s former co-host, Kate Bolduan, will now anchor “At This Hour” alone at 11 a.m. ET starting on Feb. 6, while Dave Briggs will join CNN to take over Berman’s “Early Start” gig.

Briggs, who will join CNN on Feb. 23, was the co-anchor of “Weekend Fox & Friends” for five years. He most recently co-hosted a program on the NBC Sports Network and was also a CNBC contributor.

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On Monday, Costello announced that she will leave CNN after 15 years for a new HLN gig, which will be based in Los Angeles.

“I would like to share a big life change with you,” Costello said. “This is hard. Friday will be my last day at CNN. I’m not leaving the family, though, I’ll be heading to Los Angeles to anchor a new show on HLN.”

She called it a “personal decision” and compared it to cutting off her left arm. She went on to explain that her husband landed a “fantastic job” on the West Coast and she is relocating to be closer to him.

The moves shake up the entire first half of CNN’s dayside lineup, with only “New Day with Chris Cuomo and Alisyn Camerota” remaining unchanged.

Harlow has been a popular weekend anchor who filled in all over the network throughout the week. Back in November, her new partner, Berman, told The Wrap the details of his unusual schedule that included setting an alarm for 1:33 a.m.

“There is nothing worse than a [Boston] Red Sox winning streak because I won’t go to sleep. I’ll stay up and watch the game. That’s dumb. Or when the [New England] Patriots play Sunday night football, I watch it and that’s dumb,” the Massachusetts native said at the time.

Luckily for Berman, the new role will allow him to sleep in a bit.

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Berman’s former co-host, Kate Bolduan, will now anchor “At This Hour” alone at 11 a.m. ET starting on Feb. 6, while Dave Briggs will join CNN to take over Berman’s “Early Start” gig.

Briggs, who will join CNN on Feb. 23, was the co-anchor of “Weekend Fox & Friends” for five years. He most recently co-hosted a program on the NBC Sports Network and was also a CNBC contributor.

On Monday, Costello announced that she will leave CNN after 15 years for a new HLN gig, which will be based in Los Angeles.

“I would like to share a big life change with you,” Costello said. “This is hard. Friday will be my last day at CNN. I’m not leaving the family, though, I’ll be heading to Los Angeles to anchor a new show on HLN.”

She called it a “personal decision” and compared it to cutting off her left arm. She went on to explain that her husband landed a “fantastic job” on the West Coast and she is relocating to be closer to him.

The moves shake up the entire first half of CNN’s dayside lineup, with only “New Day with Chris Cuomo and Alisyn Camerota” remaining unchanged.

Harlow has been a popular weekend anchor who filled in all over the network throughout the week. Back in November, her new partner, Berman, told The Wrap the details of his unusual schedule that included setting an alarm for 1:33 a.m.

“There is nothing worse than a [Boston] Red Sox winning streak because I won’t go to sleep. I’ll stay up and watch the game. That’s dumb. Or when the [New England] Patriots play Sunday night football, I watch it and that’s dumb,” the Massachusetts native said at the time.

Luckily for Berman, the new role will allow him to sleep in a bit.

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CNN’s John Berman is a sports-crazed insomniac and political savant who graduated Harvard without ever taking a broadcasting class. He’s also one of the network’s rising stars, who hosts two daily shows and has emerged as president Jeff Zucker’s go-to utility man.

As to how he reach this lofty status, “I never thought about it that hard,” Berman told TheWrap. “It just sort of happened.”

It quickly becomes clear to anyone who visits CNN’s Manhattan headquarters that Berman is extremely popular with his colleagues. He’s considered one of the brightest political minds at the network, is humorous enough that he’s been asked to partake in lighthearted end-of-year specials, and maintains a work ethic that’s almost a condition of mentioning his name.

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On a typical day, Berman hosts “Early Start” from 4-6 a.m. and takes a jog around Central Park before his next gig, “At This Hour,” kicks off at 11 a.m.

“I don’t think I could do it if I didn’t [jog]. It gives me the energy to move on,” Berman said.

He commutes from Westchester, New York, and refuses to keep an apartment in Manhattan because it wouldn’t be fair to his nine-year-old sons, even though it would add over two hours to his nightly sleep schedule.

“Waking up early sucks, no matter what,” Berman said, before explaining why he sets his alarm for 1:33 a.m.

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“It’s not 1:30 because every minute counts at that hour. The idea of getting three extra minutes is great,” he said. He likes to fill in for “AC360” because the primetime slot gives him a chance to get a regular night’s sleep, unless a big game is on, of course.

“There is nothing worse than a [Boston] Red Sox winning streak because I won’t go to sleep. I’ll stay up and watch the game. That’s dumb. Or when the [New England] Patriots play Sunday night football, I watch it and that’s dumb,” the Massachusetts native said, admitting he pulled an all-nighter as recently as last week.

“John is one of the hardest working guys in news,” Anderson Cooper told TheWrap. “[He] seems to require little sleep. I don’t know how he does it.”

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Kate Bolduan co-hosts “At This Hour” with Berman and told TheWrap they “laugh with each other and at each other, probably in equal parts, every day,” but warned that she has to be careful not to criticize Boston sports around him.

“He can turn on you quickly,” Bolduan joked before making a declaration. “I think this is the perfect time for John to finally acknowledge he has a photographic memory. It would come as a relief to the rest of us mere mortals.”

Berman might not admit he has special powers, but he has no problem showcasing his knowledge, evident by winning $50,000 for charity on “Celebrity Jeopardy” and absolutely dominating “CNN Quiz Show.”

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Berman’s first job after Harvard was supposed to be a way to pass the time until he started Columbia University law school. He jokes that he sent letters to news organizations essentially saying, “Hey, I know about politics. Hire me. Hire me.”

ABC News gave him a shot and, after a stint as a weekend desk assistant, he found himself working for “World News Tonight” with journalism legend Peter Jennings during the 1996 election cycle.

“I was always going to law school, but I ended up loving it. I got into the business because of the politics but I ended up loving the journalism,” Berman said. “I never got out.”

Twenty years later, Berman’s phone rings whenever a replacement host is needed at CNN. He’s filled in for almost every program on the network, including “The Lead with Jake Tapper,” “New Day” and “Anderson Cooper 360,” but doesn’t have a complicated explanation for his role.

“I say yes whenever anyone asks me to do anything,” Berman said. “I never said no and they learned to count on me.”

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Berman joked that colleague and senior media reporter Brian Stelter is trying to steal his title as the CNN employee who spends the most time at work.

Upon hearing this, Stelter told TheWrap, “Berman has a couch in his office. And shades on the windows. And come to think of it, he’s looking a little bit pale. Have you confirmed if he has EVER left the building?”

Despite Berman’s obsession with Boston sports, don’t expect the anchor to ditch CNN for ESPN anytime soon.

“I have, over the years, thought a lot about [sports broadcasting], but it’s my hobby. I don’t want it to be my job,” he said. “Also, I have no interest in being objective. I have no interest in appreciating sports for sports’ sake. I only want to root for the Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics.”

Berman, who called being embedded on a presidential campaign “journalistic heaven,” said politics are both a hobby and profession for him at this point and that he will skip sleep entirely on a debate or election night.

“I love politics and I love campaigns, period. I always have. I love covering them. I love reading about them. I love every, single part,” Berman said.

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CNN’s John Berman is a sports-crazed insomniac and political savant who graduated Harvard without ever taking a broadcasting class. He’s also one of the network’s rising stars, who hosts two daily shows and has emerged as president Jeff Zucker’s go-to utility man.

As to how he reach this lofty status, “I never thought about it that hard,” Berman told TheWrap. “It just sort of happened.”

It quickly becomes clear to anyone who visits CNN’s Manhattan headquarters that Berman is extremely popular with his colleagues. He’s considered one of the brightest political minds at the network, is humorous enough that he’s been asked to partake in lighthearted end-of-year specials, and maintains a work ethic that’s almost a condition of mentioning his name.

On a typical day, Berman hosts “Early Start” from 4-6 a.m. and takes a jog around Central Park before his next gig, “At This Hour,” kicks off at 11 a.m.

“I don’t think I could do it if I didn’t [jog]. It gives me the energy to move on,” Berman said.

He commutes from Westchester, New York, and refuses to keep an apartment in Manhattan because it wouldn’t be fair to his nine-year-old sons, even though it would add over two hours to his nightly sleep schedule.

“Waking up early sucks, no matter what,” Berman said, before explaining why he sets his alarm for 1:33 a.m.

“It’s not 1:30 because every minute counts at that hour. The idea of getting three extra minutes is great,” he said. He likes to fill in for “AC360” because the primetime slot gives him a chance to get a regular night’s sleep, unless a big game is on, of course.

“There is nothing worse than a [Boston] Red Sox winning streak because I won’t go to sleep. I’ll stay up and watch the game. That’s dumb. Or when the [New England] Patriots play Sunday night football, I watch it and that’s dumb,” the Massachusetts native said, admitting he pulled an all-nighter as recently as last week.

“John is one of the hardest working guys in news,” Anderson Cooper told TheWrap. “[He] seems to require little sleep. I don’t know how he does it.”

Kate Bolduan co-hosts “At This Hour” with Berman and told TheWrap they “laugh with each other and at each other, probably in equal parts, every day,” but warned that she has to be careful not to criticize Boston sports around him.

“He can turn on you quickly,” Bolduan joked before making a declaration. “I think this is the perfect time for John to finally acknowledge he has a photographic memory. It would come as a relief to the rest of us mere mortals.”

Berman might not admit he has special powers, but he has no problem showcasing his knowledge, evident by winning $50,000 for charity on “Celebrity Jeopardy” and absolutely dominating “CNN Quiz Show.”

Berman’s first job after Harvard was supposed to be a way to pass the time until he started Columbia University law school. He jokes that he sent letters to news organizations essentially saying, “Hey, I know about politics. Hire me. Hire me.”

ABC News gave him a shot and, after a stint as a weekend desk assistant, he found himself working for “World News Tonight” with journalism legend Peter Jennings during the 1996 election cycle.

“I was always going to law school, but I ended up loving it. I got into the business because of the politics but I ended up loving the journalism,” Berman said. “I never got out.”

Twenty years later, Berman’s phone rings whenever a replacement host is needed at CNN. He’s filled in for almost every program on the network, including “The Lead with Jake Tapper,” “New Day” and “Anderson Cooper 360,” but doesn’t have a complicated explanation for his role.

“I say yes whenever anyone asks me to do anything,” Berman said. “I never said no and they learned to count on me.”

Berman joked that colleague and senior media reporter Brian Stelter is trying to steal his title as the CNN employee who spends the most time at work.

Upon hearing this, Stelter told TheWrap, “Berman has a couch in his office. And shades on the windows. And come to think of it, he’s looking a little bit pale. Have you confirmed if he has EVER left the building?”

Despite Berman’s obsession with Boston sports, don’t expect the anchor to ditch CNN for ESPN anytime soon.

“I have, over the years, thought a lot about [sports broadcasting], but it’s my hobby. I don’t want it to be my job,” he said. “Also, I have no interest in being objective. I have no interest in appreciating sports for sports’ sake. I only want to root for the Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics.”

Berman, who called being embedded on a presidential campaign “journalistic heaven,” said politics are both a hobby and profession for him at this point and that he will skip sleep entirely on a debate or election night.

“I love politics and I love campaigns, period. I always have. I love covering them. I love reading about them. I love every, single part,” Berman said.

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