Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Jimmy Kimmel Makes Emotional Plea To Congress On Healthcare After Son’s Heart Surgery

Jimmy Kimmel used his opening monologue on his late night show to tell a story about his son’s recent health crisis and why Congress needs to get on healthcare. Kimmel told his audience how he and his wife Molly McNearney welcomed their second child together, William “Billy” Kimmel on Apr. 21. But at three days old, Billy had to have open heart surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles but thankfully it was successfully.

The late night talk show host tearfully revealed that his newborn son had successfully undergone the life-threatening operation. The new parents were moved to the recovery room, where the couple’s eldest child, 2-year-old Jane, was there to meet her baby brother. But three hours later, a nurse noticed something was wrong with Billy.

“My wife was in bed relaxing, a very attentive nurse at Cedars-Sinai heard a murmur in his heart and noticed he was a bit purple, which is not common,” Kimmel said. “[Nurses] determined he wasn’t getting enough oxygen in his blood, either in his heart or lungs … It’s a terrifying thing, you know my wife is back in the recovery room, she has no idea what’s going on.”

Billy’s heart surgeon explained to Kimmel and McNearney that their son was born with a congenital heart disease and that there was a “hole in the wall of the left and right side of his heart.” Billy successfully underwent open heart surgery. “He’ll have to have another surgery in 3-6 months,” Kimmel shared, adding that Billy will need a third “non-evasive surgery when he’s older.”

After recounting the story of his son’s struggle through tears, Kimmel turned his thoughts toward Washington D.C. and the millions of other families like his in America.

“President Trump last month proposed a $6 billion cut in funding to the National Institute of Health. Thank God our congressmen made a deal last night to not go along with that,” Kimmel said. “They actually increased funding by $2 billion and I applaud them for doing that.”

Kimmel also praised Obamacare and noted that, prior to it, those born with congenital heart issues like his son could be turned down for health insurance because they were deemed as having a pre-existing condition.

Kimmel continued with a call for unity. “Whatever your party, whatever you believe, whoever you support, we need to make sure the people who are supposed to represent us understand that very clearly. 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.”

Through tears, he said, “I saw a lot of families there, and no parent should ever have to decide if they can afford to save their child’s life. It just shouldn’t happen. Not here.”

After the opening, Kimmel’s publicist, Lewis Kay, and actor Ike Barinholtz, called for reporters to ask White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer about Kimmel’s remarks on health care coverage.

What did you think of Kimmel’s family story? Do you have any similar stories to share? What are your thoughts about healthcare? Let us know in the comments section.

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from Business 2 Community http://www.business2community.com/entertainment/jimmy-kimmel-makes-emotional-plea-congress-healthcare-sons-heart-surgery-01834821