Jimmy Kimmel 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.
The video went viral and received nearly 10 million views in one day. Conservatives and many Republicans criticized Kimmel for “politicizing” the health care debate, as they are preparing to vote for the 60+ time to repeal Obamacare. The latest legislation proposed by House Republicans and Trump would weaken and possibly eliminate the protection for pre-existing conditions. Kimmel’s story is especially relevant in the debate because his son — a newborn — now has a pre-existing condition for the rest of his life.
Unfortunately, the debate has gotten nasty, with former Congressman Joe Walsh (now radio talk show host) tweeting: “Sorry Jimmy Kimmel: your sad story doesn’t obligate me or anybody else to pay for somebody else’s health care.” Now THAT is sad!