During Monday’s episode of his show, late night host Jimmy Kimmel made an impassioned plea for America’s politicians to work together to create a health care plan that benefits everyone.
After describing the rare heart defect that affects his newborn son, Kimmel praised the Affordable Care Act, which allows children who suffer from the same condition as his son — and others with pre-existing conditions — to get the care they need.
‘You know, before 2014, if you were born with congenital heart disease, like my son was, there’s a good chance you’d never be able to get health insurance, because you had a pre-existing condition.’
Kimmel then tearfully called for end to the “partisan squabbles” over health care.
‘Let’s stop with the nonsense. This isn’t football. There are no teams. We are the team. It’s the United States. Don’t let their partisan squabbles divide us on something every decent person wants. No parent should ever have to decide if they can afford to save their child’s life. It just shouldn’t happen. Not here.’
Kimmel’s monologue has been all over the news today. Even Fox News covered it at least three separate times, according to The Daily Beast. Unfortunately, though, the network’s hosts seemed to completely miss the point of Kimmel’s remarks.
Fox’s hosts got hung up on the fact that Kimmel’s son was born with a heart defect and ignored the larger message he was trying to send.
First, the hosts of “Fox & Friends” agreed that it was “heart-wrenching” to hear Kimmel describe his son’s condition.
Later, anchor Shannon Bream and co-host Bill Hemmer commented on how “precious” and “beautiful” Kimmel’s son is. Bream also commended the host for “putting aside comedy and opening up about his newborn son’s open heart surgery.”
The folks at Fox News may have neglected to comment on Kimmel’s plea for health care for all, but the moral of the story was not lost on other network hosts, including CNN’s Brian Stelter and MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell.
During her coverage of the story, Mitchell called Kimmel’s monologue a “powerful testament on the whole question of pre-existing conditions.”
Stelter, meanwhile, said that “everyone across the country, Republican, Democrat, whatever you are, should want the best possible health care in these situations.”
Watch the monologue that got everyone talking in the video below, available via YouTube.
Featured image is a screenshot from the video.