Tearful Jimmy Kimmel Lashes Out at Trump—The Reason Why Will Break Your Heart (VIDEO)
Late Night Comedian’S Monologue Isn’t a joke
Comedian Jimmy Kimmel tries to keep his show light and funny, but viewers got to glimpse a side of Kimmel on the May 1 edition of Jimmy Kimmel Live that was heart wrenching. In a 13 minute monologue, Kimmel traded in the jokes for something far more serious; the birth of his son William John Kimmel on April 21 and a no-nonsense glove-across-the-face message to Trump and congress on the importance of healthcare. Kimmel fought through tears, choking up when he revealed that soon after delivery his son had noticeable problems.
All of a sudden it felt serious. The room started to fill up. More doctors and nurses and equipment started coming in.
Staff at Cedars Sinai Hospital where Kimmel ‘s wife Molly delivered the baby, quickly determined baby Billy’s condition was a serious heart disorder called Tetralogy of Fallot with Pulmonary Atresia. That following Monday, April 24th, Billy underwent open heart surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to correct part of the problem. Kimmel and his wife stood by helplessly as surgeons opened the baby’s chest to perform the heart repair.
It was the longest three hours of my life.
After delivering the good news that Kimmel’s new son was recovering nicely, and after reciting a list of dozens of people who helped the Kimmels during their ordeal, the funnyman turned his attention to recent GOP attempts to cut health funding and gut healthcare, calling Trump out on his absurd attempt to slash billions of dollars from the National Institute of Health:
President Trump last month proposed a $6 Billion cut in funding for the National Institute of Health. Thank God our congress made a deal to not go along with that They actually increased funding by 2 billion dollars and I applaud them for doing that.
He explained that cuts like that would affect hospitals like Childrens Hospital in Los Angeles where his son was treated. Hospitals like CHLA depend on NIH grants for research and operational costs. NIH grants also fund 80% of university research into lifesaving medical innovations. But Kimmel wasn’t done. He choked back more tears as he called attention to last week’s reckless proposals to eliminate the ban on Pre-Existing Conditions up-charges. He leveled a somber warning to his viewers.
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. 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. I think that’s something that, whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat or something else, we all agree on that, right?
He ended on what is quite possibly, the saddest thing a comedian has ever said.
No parent should have to decide if they can afford to save their child’s life.
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WATCH: JIMMY KIMMEL TALKS ABOUT NEW SON’S Heart Problem
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