Aurelie Corinthios
May 03, 2017 12:45 PM

 

Jimmy Kimmel‘s emotional endorsement of the Affordable Care Act while sharing the story of his son’s birth and subsequent open heart surgery was applauded by many — including his ex Sarah Silverman.

Speaking to PEOPLE at the 2017 Hulu Upfront in New York City on Wednesday, Silverman, 46, revealed that she has reached out to Kimmel, 49, in the wake of his baby boy’s health scare and was particularly moved by his monologue about the experience.

“Look, you saw his show Monday — he said everything there was to say,” said Silverman, who dated the comedian between 2002 and 2009. “I think it was beautiful.”

“I loved his appeal to please not defund things [that] the Children’s Hospital [Los Angeles] depends so much on,” she continued. “Forty percent of the people being affected by these health care cuts are children. It was a very elegant, heartfelt, bipartisan plea in the last two minutes of that monologue and I thought it was brilliant.”

“Not that that’s where his mind is at, to be brilliant right now,” she added. “But my heart is with both of them and I’m glad that things are looking up.”

Kimmel and his wife Molly McNearney welcomed their second child together, William John “Billy” Kimmel on Friday, April 21. Billy was born with a congenital heart disease called tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia and had to undergo open heart surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles at three days old.

Kimmel revealed the news during Monday’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, tearfully chronicling Billy’s birth, how a nurse later noticed something was wrong and his subsequent surgery. The father of two also used his platform to make a case for former President Barack Obama‘s signature Affordable Care Act.

“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,” Kimmel said. “Before 2014, if you were born with congenital heart disease, like my son was, there’s a good chance you’d never be able to get health insurance because you had a pre-existing condition.”

President Donald Trump and members of the Republican-led Congress attempted to repeal Obamacare earlier this year, but House Republicans abruptly pulled their bill in late March after significant criticism. Kimmel, meanwhile, made an emotional case for why he believes healthcare should be accessible to all.

“If your baby is going to die and it doesn’t have to, it shouldn’t matter how much money you make,” he said. “I think that’s something that, whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat or something else, we all agree on, right?”

“Let’s stop with the nonsense,” he said. “This isn’t football. There are no teams. We are the team. It’’ the United States. Don’t let their partisan squabbles divide us on something every decent person wants.”

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