Investor's Business Daily ^ | 5/3/2017 | John Merline
In the opening monologue of his late-night show Monday, Jimmy Kimmel told a heart-wrenching tale about how his newborn son had to be rushed into surgery to repair a heart defect.
Kimmel, as any parent who has gone through such an ordeal would, choked up several times while telling his story, which had a happy ending. It was a wonderful example of the miracle of modern medicine in the U.S.
Then Kimmel decided to launch into a political speech about health care reform.
"Before 2014, 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 were born with a pre-existing condition," he said. "No parent should have to ever decide if they can afford to save their child's life; it just shouldn't happen, not here."
The clip immediately went viral, and Kimmel and his baby suddenly became the poster family for ObamaCare.
Barack Obama tweeted: "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!"
President Trump's Budget Director Mick Mulvaney was forced to respond to Kimmel, saying that "Everyone, I think, agrees with Jimmy Kimmel that we have enough money in this country to provide care for those type of folks."
What Kimmel left out of the story is the fact that most people on ObamaCare — in California and the rest of the country — are in highly restrictive HMO-type plans that wouldn't let them go the hospitals or doctors he used.