On May 1, late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel awed the audience with a dramatic monolog that included the perfect reason why the Trump administration is wrong about slashing critical funding to medical research.
Kimmel started by announcing he became a new dad on April 21 when his wife gave birth to William John Kimmel. Struggling to hold back his tears, Kimmel recalled the ordeal he and Mrs. Kimmel had to go through when they learned their baby boy was born with a pre-existing condition.
A nurse noticed after delivery that something was wrong with the newborn. An army of doctors checked little Kimmel and learned he was born with a serious heart condition dubbed Tetralogy of Fallot with Pulmonary Atresia. Without immediate intervention, the baby would have been dead in hours.
Fortunately, specialists at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles performed an open heart surgery on baby Billy and managed to save his life. Kimmel recalled that the surgery lasted three hours, and while he and his wife were waiting helplessly outside, it felt like the longest three hours of his life.
The surgery was a success, and Kimmel thanked on the show all doctors and nurses that made it happen. But the comedian didn’t stop here. He delivered a powerful message about the importance of healthcare, at a time when the GOP is pushing for more health care funding cuts.
Kimmel Slams Trump
Kimmel slammed the Trump administration for their ridiculous attempt to cut billions of dollars in federal funding for the National Institute of Health. Kimmel was grateful Congress didn’t approve the plan to strip the NIH of $6 billion. In fact, they increased funding by $2 billion.
Kimmel underlined that the money keeps healthcare facilitates such as Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles in top shape as these hospitals need NIH grants for new equipment and research. The late-night talk show host ended the monolog with a sobering warning about the fate of patients with pre-existing conditions like his newborn son under the GOP’s proposed Obamacare replacement:
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. And if your parents didn’t have medical insurance, you might not live long enough even to 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? No parent should have to decide if they can afford to save their child’s life.”
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