In a very serious heartfelt monologue, Jimmy Kimmel opened up about his newborn son’s health crisis and made an emotional plea to Republicans not to destroy Obamacare.
The Republicans are trying to pass their third attempt at repealing Obamacare this week with no mandatory protections for people with preexisting conditions. The American people are not with the Republicans on this. And Jimmy Kimmel just perfectly explained why.
Monday on his ABC late-night talk show, Jimmy Kimmel gave a rare emotional serious monologue. The comedian opened up about a recent health crisis with his newborn son. And it was absolutely heart wrenching.
Kimmel explained that last week his wife gave birth to a baby boy named William “Billy” Kimmel. But shortly after his birth doctors discovered that the baby had a heart defect called tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia.
“It’s hard to explain, but basically the pulmonary valve was completely blocked, and he has a hole in the wall between the left and right sides of his heart.”
Kimmel said that last week the baby had an emergency surgery. He explained,
“[The surgeon] opened [Billy’s] chest and fixed one of the two defects in his heart. He went in there with a scalpel and did some kind of magic that I couldn’t even begin to explain. He opened the valve, and the operation was a success. It was the longest three hours of my life.”
As he choked back the tears, Kimmel added,
“We were brought up to believe that we live in the greatest country in the world, but until a few years ago millions and millions of us had no access to health insurance at all. You know, before 2014 if you were born with congenital heart disease like my son was, there was a good chance you’d never be able to get health insurance because you had a pre-existing condition. You were born with a pre-existing condition and if your parents didn’t have medical insurance you might not live long enough to even get denied because of a pre-existing condition. If your baby is going to die and it doesn’t have to, it shouldn’t matter how much money you make.”
He finished his monologue making a plea to the American people, asking that we stop thinking along party lines and just do what we all know is right.
“Let’s stop with the nonsense. This isn’t football. There are no teams. We are the team. It’s the United States. Don’t let their partisan squabbles divide us on something every decent person wants. We need to take care of each other.”
On Tuesday President Obama tweeted a sweet response to Kimmel’s plea.
Well said, Jimmy. That's exactly why we fought so hard for the ACA, and why we need to protect it for kids like Billy. And congratulations! https://t.co/77F8rZrD3P
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) May 2, 2017