Rad dad Jimmy Kimmel has, understandably, had it up to here with the GOP. The late-night host spoke out against the proposed Republican health care bill — and clapped back at Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy — on Sept. 19.
This issue of health care hits close to home for Kimmel, whose baby son, Billy, now 4 months old, needed heart surgery soon after birth. Kimmel spoke about his son’s harrowing operation and openly praised the ACA on his show — before Cassidy’s visit — and the desperate need for better access to health care for those struggling to just get by.
#JimmyKimmel is going to politicalize his son's Healthcare All In The Name Of bashing Trump
— Vicious Sins (@ViciousSins) September 20, 2017
But on Tuesday night, Kimmel took on the critics, saying, “Before you post a nasty Facebook message saying I’m politicizing my son’s health problems, I want you to know: I am politicizing my son’s health problems because I have to… My family has health insurance; we don’t have to worry about this, but other people do. So, you can shove your disgusting comments where your doctor won’t be giving you a prostate exam once they take your health care benefits away.”
Interestingly, Kimmel’s passionate take on health care and his son’s struggles have even helped mend his long-standing feud with Jay Leno. Kimmel also took to Twitter to implore fans to take action against Cassidy’s proposed plan to gut health care.
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) September 20, 2017
Amen. Kimmel can count us (and apparently our mutual buddy Jay) among his supporters, because we agree. Health care needs to be available to all — not just those, like Kimmel, who can afford it.