Jimmy Kimmel found himself in the middle of the national health care debate last week — and the results have been “emotional” for the 49-year-old late night talk show host.
In Monday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live monologue, Kimmel opened up about the personal toll he’s felt since speaking out agains the Graham-Cassidy bill — the latest GOP-effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (known as “Obamacare”) written by Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy and South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham.
Kimmel has been a a fierce opponent of the Graham-Cassidy bill ever since Cassidy falsely claimed on Kimmel’s show in May that his new bill would cover all infants, regardless of their family’s ability to pay — a benchmark the senator called “The Jimmy Kimmel Test.”
It’s a cause that’s close to Kimmel’s heart. His 4-month-old son, Billy, needed open heart surgery three days after his birth in April due to a congenital heart defect. There are still two more operations to go.
“That experience really opened my eyes to how difficult life can be for other parents in that situation and how important it is that families are covered like we are,” Kimmel explained Monday as he made yet another impassioned plea for coverage of pre-existing conditions. “Obviously, this is personal thing for me.’
He’s not alone. In the wake of his three scathing monologues against the bill and President Trump, Kimmel was approached by “probably 200 people” who weren’t shy in sharing their positive experiences with Obamacare.