Late-night TV talk show host Jimmy Kimmel opened his show Monday with a tearful monologue about the birth of his son in April — who required open-heart surgery within hours of the birth.
Then he went political.
While the host of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” was praised by some — including former President Barack Obama — for turning the emotional recount of his son’s first hours into a push for Obamacare’s coverage of pre-existing conditions, he was also criticized for using the story of his son in a political manner.
One of those who criticized Kimmel was conservative political pundit Michelle Malkin — who, it also turns out, has a child with a chronic illness. In a Wednesday tweet, Malkin shared her experiences with Obamacare:
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) May 4, 2017
As National Review detailed in June 2016, Malkin’s teenage daughter, Veronica, suffers from multiple comorbidities — chronic illnesses.
While multimillionaire Kimmel would’ve been able to cover his son’s surgery out of pocket, he tearfully suggested that a repeal of Obamacare could lead to the death of children less fortunate.
“If your baby is going to die and it doesn’t have to, it shouldn’t matter how much money you make.”
President Donald Trump said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that “pre-existing conditions are in the (GOP) bill,” adding: “I mandate it.” But, as CNN reported, those with pre-existing conditions could be charged substantially higher premiums through “high-risk pools.”
House Republican leaders are expected to hold a vote on the American Health Care Act on Thursday. When asked Wednesday night if they have a sufficient number of votes for passage, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said, “Yes, we do.”