Late night comedian Jimmy Kimmel told NBC’s Matt Lauer that he doesn’t understand why people get upset over his health care monologues.
Lauer asked Kimmel to share some of the worst responses he’s gotten from people after choosing to talk about his son’s illness and health care on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
Kimmel said he understands that people may disagree with his position on the health care debate, but said he doesn’t get why people are so “angry” with him for speaking out.
“I understand people disagreeing with me. I don’t understand being angry when it comes to health care, I really don’t understand that,” Kimmel said, “because I think it’s obvious what my intent is.”
“I don’t understand a lot of the backlash,” he continued. “What I especially don’t understand are the monstrous things people will write about, you know, my child and my wife.”
Kimmel has been open about his 6-month old son Billy’s battle with congenital heart disease. Three days after Billy’s April birth, Kimmel and his wife learned their son needed to have open heart surgery, and now he needs two more procedures.
His child’s health issues have stirred Kimmel up to talk about America’s current health care system. Kimmel has called for Congress to reject Republicans’ attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare.
He added that before Obamacare his son might not have been able to get coverage due to 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,” Kimmel said at the time. “I think that’s something that whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat or something else, we all agree on that, right?”
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