Last week, Jimmy Kimmel shared an emotional story about his son, Billy, who was born with a heart condition and needed surgery.
Kimmel also made a passionate plea that all children in America should have healthcare. If you have a few minutes, the monologue above is most certainly worth hearing again.
Kimmel returned to his late night show Monday after a week of paternity leave and assured viewers that Billy was doing fine, thanking everyone for the support he received.
But not everyone was on board with his message, and he fired back at criticism he received for his comments about Republican healthcare plans.
“One week ago tonight, I made an emotional speech,” Kimmel said. “And as a result of my powerful words Republicans in Congress had second thoughts about repeal and replace. They realized that what is right is right and I saved health insurance in America!”
“Oh, I didnt? They voted against it anyway?” he joked. “I really need to pay more attention to the news.”
“This is from the New York Post: ‘Jimmy Kimmels obscene lies about kids and medical care,’” Kimmel said. “This is from something called the Washington Times: ‘Shut up, Jimmy Kimmel, you elitist creep.’”
“I cant even count the number of times Ive been called an ‘out of touch Hollywood elitist, creep this week,” he added, joking that he appreciated the sentiment because “when I was a kid, we had to drink powdered milk because we couldnt afford the liquid variety.”
Kimmel joked, I would like to apologize for saying that children in America should have health care. It was insensitive. It was offensive, and I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me.
Kimmel interviewed Republican Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, later in the show, who joined the late night host in calling for accessible children’s healthcare.
Capitalizing on the response to Kimmel’s story last week, Cassidy coined the term “The Kimmel Test,” and demanded that any new health care legislation ensure healthcare access for children born with medical issues.
“I am all about people having the insurance they need,” Cassidy told Kimmel Monday.
Jimmy Kimmel Reveals Details of His Son’s Birth & Heart Disease
Jimmy and his wife Molly welcomed their second child together, William “Billy” Kimmel. At three days old, Billy had successful open heart surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and is now home with his family. Jimmy opens up about his son’s birth and health complications and encourages donations to Children's Hospital Los Angeles where Billy and so many other kids get such wonderful care… chla.org/donate.
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