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Jimmy Kimmel Gives Update on Son, Fires Back at Media

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Tuesday, 09 May 2017 12:24 AM

A week after making headlines with an impassioned healthcare argument, invoking his newborn son who recently underwent open-heart surgery, Jimmy Kimmel returned to his show Monday night, providing an update on his family and commenting on the GOP's recent healthcare vote.

"One week ago tonight, I made an emotional speech -- that was seen by millions -- and as a result of my powerful words, Republicans in Congress had second thoughts about repeal and replace, they realized that what is right is right -- and I saved health insurance in America!

"Oh, I didn't? They voted against it anyway? I really need to pay more attention to the news," he said, according to a transcript obtained by Variety.

Kimmel took time to say that his son, Billy, is "doing very well," eating, sleeping, and getting bigger. He also thanked those who made donations to Children's Hospital Los Angeles since his speech, but also called out those who "had not-so-nice things to say online."

He pointed to a New York Post article with the headline "Jimmy Kimmel's obscene lies about kids and medical care," as well as a Washington Times article titled "Shut up, Jimmy Kimmel, you elitist creep."

"I can't even count the number of times I've been called an 'out of touch Hollywood elitist, creep' this week," he added. "Which - I have to say - I kind of appreciate because, when I was a kid, we had to drink powdered milk because we couldn't afford the liquid variety. Our orange juice came frozen out of a can, it would squeeze out."

"My father - on the rare occasion we took a family trip - would hide our dog in the car and then smuggle it into the motel room to avoid paying a two-dollar pet fee. So after that, my dream was to become an 'out of touch Hollywood elitist.' And I guess it came true," he said.

The host went on to offer a less-than-sincere apology for his speech: "Anyway, I'd like to apologize for saying that children in America should have health care. That was insensitive - it was offensive - and I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me."

Kimmel also commented on the news of Trump and the GOP's healthcare plan passing the House and moving onto the Senate, a development that happened while he was taking a break from hosting.

"Here's what makes me angry," he said. "These people who are telling you how much better your healthcare is going to be? These are the same people who, eight years ago, wanted you to have no healthcare. They had to be dragged into this - they did everything they could to stop it - and now they're saying, we've got a plan and it's going to be great!

"You know who this new health care bill will be great for? Me. I won't have to pay a Medicare surtax - that's 2.3 percent. I won't have to pay a 3.8% tax on investment income - from a financial standpoint, this is a huge win for elitist creeps like me!"

He added that he hopes "common sense will prevail" as the plan moves forward.

Kimmel also interviewed Republican Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy, who said any healthcare plan had to pass the "Jimmy Kimmel Test," meaning that it would have to cover a child with complications for up to a year.

Kimmel had another suggestion for the test, saying, "No family should be denied medical care, emergency or otherwise, because they can’t afford it."

"Hey man you're on the right track,," Cassidy said, but added, "we've got to be able to pay for it, that's a challenge, So all those middle-class families right now paying $20,000 to $30,000 to $40,000 a year for their coverage, we have to make it affordable for them, too." 

Cassidy said President Donald Trump is committed to passing a bill that protects people with pre-existing conditions.

In his original speech, Kimmel got teary-eyed as he described the complications of the birth of his son just 10 days prior. He broke down as he made a plea for politicians on both sides of the aisle to make sure Americans have access to healthcare, especially for those with pre-existing conditions.

"If your baby is going to die it shouldn't matter how much money you make," he said at the time.

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A week after making headlines with an impassioned healthcare argument, invoking his newborn son who recently underwent open-heart surgery, Jimmy Kimmel returned to his show Monday night, providing an update on his family and commenting on the GOP's recent healthcare...
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