Bernie Sanders is the leader of the Democratic Party, and Jimmy Fallon, Seth Myers and Stephen Colbert spend a day in the field with the Democratic Socialist.
“There’s more to the line than a presidency,” the comedian said in a video from “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” published on Thursday. “It’s easy to be distracted, but I wanted him to bring us back to focus on something we can’t afford to forget, and that’s healthcare.”
Kimmel said that while most Americans want health insurance to cover people with existing conditions, “most Republicans in the service do not.
According to an October poll conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 79% of Americans say they do not want the Supreme Court to overturn the protection established by the Affordable Care Act.
Kimmel and his wife, Molly McNurney, learned that Billy had been diagnosed with a congenital heart defect called Tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia as soon as he was born. He underwent numerous surgeries, including one when he was three days old and another when he was 7 months old. Billy will have another operation when he is in his early teens.
“My wife Molly made a video that deals with our experience in terms of existing conditions, and we would like you to watch it and pass it on to anyone who may have forgotten what this election really is about,” he continued.
The video then shows a series of photos and videos of Kimmel Billy’s then-baby, who underwent a series of medical procedures shortly after his birth. In many of the images, Billy can be seen attached to several pipes.
“This is how there seems to be a ‘pre-existing’ condition,” reads a statement shown in the video. “Mothers, don’t forget. Please VOTE.”
The segment ends by showing Billy, who is now 3 years old, dancing and laughing for years to come.
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In a 2017 monologue, Kimmel made an emotional request to the government to continue to keep health care accessible to people who have existing conditions. Since then, the comedian has been raising money for Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, where his son is being treated (along with a $ 1 million donation himself), and in April donated 1,000 face masks to the hospital in honor of Billy’s birthday.
In 2018, he opened in The Oprah magazine about how this experience inspired him to talk about healthcare.
“I knew that when I returned to the air after my son’s operation, there would be a lot of attention because I had been away for a week,” he said. “I wanted to remind America that whoever we are – Republicans, Democrats or otherwise – everyone cares about the children of their friends and colleagues and their well-being. It crosses party lines.”
Kimmel, 52, and McNearney, 42, also share a 6-year-old daughter, Jane. Kimmel has two older children, Kevin and Katie, with his ex-wife Gina.
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Contribution: Sonia Haller
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