Posted: September 20, 2017
By Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
Late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel had harsh words for a lawmaker who told him that he’d put all health care bills under what the senator called the “Jimmy Kimmel Test,” then announced his support that many believe goes against that pledge.
Kimmel , during Monday night’s show, said that Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) “lied right to my face” when the senator talked about his “test” on any health care bill proposed back in May. The test would make sure that “No family should be denied medical care, emergency or otherwise because they can’t afford it.”
Kimmel said that, “He [Cassidy] agreed to that. He said he would only support a health care bill that made sure a child like mine would get the health coverage he needs, no matter how much money his parents make.”
Cassidy teamed up with Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Dean Heller (R-NV) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) for the bill that, according to Cassidy, repeals Obamacare and replaces it with grants that are given each year to states to help the population pay for health care, CNN reported.
The grants will be run through the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP.
Cassidy, during his appearance on the show in May, said that lifetime limits would not be set. But in the bill as it stands, itwill be up to individual states to run the health care programs as lawmakers in state capitals see fit, meaning that states can decide if there are caps or if someone with a preexisting condition will be charged more for their coverage, The Washington Post reported.
The Washington Post reported that the bill could lead to a per capita cap on Medicaid. Some states may turn to a single-payer system. Other states could eliminate coverage for some who need it or make it so expensive that some can’t afford it.
Kimmel announced in May that his son had to undergo open heart surgery shortly after he was born. Kimmel said that if a child has to have multiple open heart surgeries, the cost can be hundreds of thousands of dollars each.
Kimmel has urged his viewers to call their senators and tell them their views on the proposed bill. He posted the number to the Capitol Hill switchboard to his Twitter page.
Despite Kimmel calling Cassidy a liar on his show, Cassidy has not responded directly to the monologue, CNN reported. Cassidy did release the following statement:
“We have a September 30th deadline on our promise. Let’s finish the job. We must because there is a mother and father whose child will have insurance because of Graham Cassidy Heller Johnson. There is someone whose pre-existing condition will be addressed because of GCHJ.”
Jimmy Kimmel, known for his viral comedic videos and laughs in general, turned serious during Monday night’s show, as he relived his nightmare of his newborn baby son’s rare heart condition and surgery.
William “Billy” John Kimmel was born on April 21. He was like any other newborn until a nurse noticed he had a heart murmur and was skin tone was purple, USA Today reported.
He was diagnosed with “tetralogy of fallot and pulmonary atresia.” In layman’s terms, the baby’s pulmonary valve had a blockage and he had a hole in a wall of the heart, NBC News reported.
Billy was taken to surgery on April 24 and a few hours later, he came out of the operating room. He is recovering, but will have to have a second procedure in three months and a third when he reaches his teens. Kimmel and his wife took their baby son home six days after open-heart surgery, the talk show host explained in his monologue.
The emotions turned into an impassioned plea on Obamacare, NBC News reported.
“You know, before 2014, if you were born with congenital heart disease like my son was, there was a good chance you wouldn’t be able to get health insurance because you had a pre-existing condition,” Kimmel said.
“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?”
Watch the video below (warning: video has profanity and adult content).
After late-night host Jimmy Kimmel delivered a heartfelt monologue on his show about his newborn son’s heart condition and health care, former President Barack Obama sent out a kind response via his Twitter account.
On Monday, Jimmy Kimmel set aside his usually goofy manner and delivered a tearful monologue on his show about his son’s recent birth, his heart defects and subsequent heart surgery.
Kimmel had recently been absent from his show, but what most viewers didn’t know was that his wife, Molly McNearney, had given birth to their son, William, on Friday, April 21. Within hours of his birth, William was found to have severe heart defects and a couple of days later was rushed into emergency surgery.
During the monologue, Kimmel thanked the doctors and nurses at the hospital but choked up when talking about the children still fighting for their health, saying, “Please say a prayer or send positive thoughts to the families with children who are still in the hospital now because they need it.”
His monologue also took on a political tone as he talked about the continued need for accessible health insurance in the United States: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?
On Tuesday, following the monologue, former President Obama replied to one of Kimmel’s tweets about his new son, writing, “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!”
A few months ago, Jimmy Kimmel revealed that his newborn son, Billy, was diagnosed with a congenital heart disease. The newborn was found to have a “hole in the wall of the left and right side of his heart.” Kimmel broke down on his show as he described his son going into surgery and described the wait as “the longest three hours of my life.”
May 1, 2017 announcement:
Fortunately, the operation was a success, and Billy is doing better than ever. Kimmel shared a picture of Billy on Twitter.
“Billy is three months old today and doing great,” Kimmel wrote. “Thanks for all your love & support and please remind your Congresspeople that every kid deserves the care Billy got.”
Kimmel’s wife, Molly McNearney, also posted a picture in celebration of Billy turning three months old. From the looks of the big smile on his face, it was almost like he was never sick.
After Jimmy Kimmel revealed on the Monday night episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” that his newborn son had recently undergone open heart surgery, his wife Molly McNearney took to social media to share a sweet photo of the father and son.
“I am thankful to love and be loved by these two brave guys,” she captioned the picture of Kimmel and son Billy, who was born on April 21, smiling at each other. “Both criers.”
During an emotional monologue this week, Kimmel told viewers that three hours after Billy was born, doctors noticed he had a heart murmur and was turning purple, leading them to discover that his pulmonary valve was blocked and that he had a hole in the wall of his heart. Doctors then performed open heart surgery on the infant, which according to the late-night host, “was a success.”
On Tuesday, Kimmel thanked fans via Twitter, sharing a picture of McNearey, Billy and daughter Jane, 2.
“Sincere thanks for the outpouring of love & support,” he wrote. “Dr. Jane is keeping a close ear on Billy, who is very well – XO.”
Jimmy Kimmel delivered a tearful opening monologue last week on his late-night show about his son, who was born with a heart condition, and the state of health care in America. That monologue spurred an outpouring of support for the “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” host, but not everyone found him convincing.
Kimmel spoke last week in support of the Affordable Care Act ahead of a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives to repeal the bill and replace it with the GOP-backed American Health Care Act. The Republican bill passed the House last week by a slim margin.
"I made an emotional speech that was seen by millions, and as a result of my powerful words on that night, Republicans in Congress had second thoughts about repeal and replace. They realized that what is right is right, and I saved health insurance in the United States of America," Kimmel said Monday. "I didn't save it? They voted against it anyway?"
He dismissed critics who labeled him an elitist, responding to a story published by The Washington Times headlined, “Shut up, Jimmy Kimmel, you elitist creep.”
“I cannot count the number of times that I’ve been called a Hollywood elitist, which I’ve got to say, I kind of appreciate,” Kimmel joked. “When I was a kid, we had to drink the powdered milk because we couldn’t afford the liquid, our orange juice came out of a can … my dream was to become a Hollywood elitist.”
Kimmel blasted the Republican health care bill and sarcastically apologized for speaking out.
"I'd like to apologize for saying that children in America should have health care,” Kimmel said. “It was insensitive, it was offensive, and I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me.”
He played a clip from a town hall held by Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, in which the congressman said “nobody dies because they don’t have access to health care.”
Kimmel also brought on Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-Louisiana, to talk about the new health care bill that has moved into the Senate. Cassidy recently said during an interview with CNN that he’s looking for a health care bill from the Senate that will “pass the Jimmy Kimmel test.”
The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.
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