Jimmy Kimmel‘s opening monologue on Monday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live was an emotional recounting of an open-heart surgery his infant son Billy underwent. But the funnyman used the heartfelt moment to slam President Donald Trump plans to strike down the Affordable Care Act.
Little more than a week ago his wife gave birth to their son, Billy, who appeared to be a normal, healthy baby — until about three hours after he was born when a nurse at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center noticed he had a heart murmur and was slightly purple. At 3 days old, during what Kimmel tearfully described as the “longest three hours of my life,” Billy Kimmel had open heart surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and now is home with his family.
After reading a list of people he’d like to thank at Cedars-Sinai and Children’s Hospital, and at Disney and ABC and his show, Kimmel added, “I want to say one other thing.”
“President Trump last month proposed a $6 billion cut in funding to the National Institute of Health. And, thank God, our congressmen made a deal last night to not go along with that,” Kimmel continued. “They actually increased funding by $2 billion. And I applaud them for doing that. Because more than 40% of the people who would have been affected by those cuts to the National Institutes of Health are children. And it would have a major impact on a lot of great places, including Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. Which is so unbelievably sad to me.”
Watch Jimmy Kimmel’s moving story about his son and the swift jab he took at President Donald Trump in the clip below.
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