When comedian Jimmy Kimmel announced to the world that his newborn son Billy had to undergo heart surgery at three days old, there was nothing funny about it.
He gave a heartfelt plea for the importance of keeping people with pre-existing conditions covered under the Obamacare bill as the GOP-led Congress looked to vote on the repeal over the summer.
Kimmel explained that his son was born with tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia.
The host explained that the condition means that Kimmel explained that the condition means that his son’s pulmonary valve was blocked completely.
Billy also had a hole in the wall between the left and right sides of his heart.
Billy’s first surgery when he was just three days old was successful, but he would need a second surgery when he was between three and six months old.
Watch Kimmel’s Tearful Plea:
My wife and I welcome a new baby and it is quite a story…
Posted by Jimmy Kimmel on Monday, May 1, 2017
Unfortunately, many politicians tweeted Jimmy all sorts of callous remarks – basically bullying the funnyman because his tearful monologue moved millions of people to be against the healthcare repeal.