There is nothing more heart wrenching to hear the pain in the voice of parent who is helpless to ease the suffering of their child. Last week Jimmy Kimmel’s wife gave birth to a baby boy. Within hours of the birth, a very astute nurse noticed that something was wrong with the baby. To make a long story short, his son was born with a heart defect and surgery saved his life.
We all know that Jimmy Kimmel is extremely funny and he, like his colleagues, have had plenty of material to work with, especially with the current administration in Washington DC. Instead using jokes and comedy to mock what is going on in The White House, he used his face and his name to speak up for the ACA (the Affordable Care Act).
“We were brought up to believe that we live in the greatest country in the world, but until a few years ago millions and millions of us had no access to health insurance at all,” he said. “You know, before 2014 if you were born with congenital heart disease like my son was, there was a good chance you’d never be able to get health insurance because you had a pre-existing condition. You were born with a pre-existing condition and if your parents didn’t have medical insurance you might not live long enough to even get denied because of a pre-existing condition. If your baby is going to die and it doesn’t have to, it shouldn’t matter how much money you make.”
It’s no secret that the ACA is flawed and needs some serious overhaul. But there is no point in throwing out the baby with the bath water. The ACA works, it just needs to be fixed.
If nothing else tears at the heart of our political leaders, it is the story of a parent who watched their child suffer and was powerless to relieve the suffering.