If you haven’t watched this video, you need to. Jimmy Kimmel recently talked about how he and his wife Molly welcomed their second child together, William “Billy” Kimmel. However, at a time when they should be celebrating, an attentive nurse noticed that Billy was a little purple and his heart had a murmur. After many tests, Billy required open heart surgery at just 3 days old. In this video, Jimmy opens up about his son’s birth and health complications, and reminds America that we need to stand together.
His emotional and heartbreaking plea has gone viral, as he begs Americans to unite and provide healthcare to all. Billy, having been born with a heart defect, would have previously been denied health insurance because he would have been considered to have a “pre-existing condition.”
Before the Affordable Care Act mandated coverage for pre-existing conditions,”if you were born with congenital heart disease like my son was, there was a good chance you would never be able to get health insurance because you had a pre-existing condition,” Kimmel added. “(If) you were born with a pre-existing condition and if your parents didn’t have medical insurance, you might not even live long enough to get denied because of a pre–existing condition.”
“It was necessary for Jimmy to put that out there and put a face, put a personal note to this topic (of pre-existing conditions),” Hayes told CNN’s Erin Burnett on “Erin Burnett OutFront.” “It’s really hard to shy away from this topic when there’s a photo of a beautiful newborn baby attached to the debate.”
Little Billy is now doing well, but will have to have more surgery in the future. To help the wonderful doctors and nurses, Jimmy encouraged everyone to donate to the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles at www.chla.org/donate.