Jimmy Kimmel gave an emotional opening monologue on his ABC late night talk show on Monday evening and spoke about the birth defect of his newborn son, who had to undergo corrective open heart surgery basically immediately after being born.
Kimmel used the platform to weigh in on the health care debate. “Before 2014, if you were born with congenital heart disease like my son was, there was a good chance you would never be able to get health insurance because you had a pre-existing condition,” he said. “You were born with a pre-existing condition, and if your parents didn’t have medical insurance, you might not even live long enough to get denied because of a pre-existing condition.”
Kimmel continued by imploring the politicians to come to an agreement on the issue so that the American people would not suffer from it.
Former President Barack Obama – who has been a past guest on Kimmel’s show – posted the following on Twitter in response:
“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!”
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
Hillary Clinton also weighed in, tweeting, “Watch and prepare to tear up. Thanks @jimmykimmel for sharing your story and reminding us what’s at stake w/health care.”
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) May 2, 2017
In an exclusive op-ed Tuesday morning, Dennis Michael Lynch said as a parent, his heart went out to Kimmel, but he slammed him for turning his son’s heart issue into a pitch for Obamacare.
My wife and I welcome a new baby and it is quite a story… https://t.co/VTT0oBsRFK
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) May 2, 2017
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