I haven’t been able to watch the entirety of Jimmy Kimmel’s monologue regarding his infant son, Billy. I can relate to every feeling that he was having as I had those same thoughts and feelings 17 years ago when my own son was born with Tetralogy of Fallot. I’m deeply grateful to him for sharing his story – it shines a spotlight on Congenital Heart Disease — which affects 1 in every 100 babies born in this country. And, it brings a familiar face to the forefront of an incredibly important conversation our country is having right now with regard to health care and pre-existing conditions.
“No parent should ever have to decide if they can afford to save their child’s life. It just shouldn’t happen. Not here.”
Not anywhere. But especially not here. And, the argument doesn’t stop at simply denying or allowing coverage for pre-existing conditions. It must be affordable to the people who need it, or it is irrelevant.
Our hearts go out to the Kimmel family. It’s an overwhelming wave of emotion and despair when you get news like this. We are praying for Billy and his team of healthcare professionals.
You can watch the powerful video here.