Six months ago, Jimmy Kimmel made the health care battle personal.
His wife sat home and watched.
Molly McNearney said her husband told her that he wanted to talk about their son, who was born with two heart defects and underwent almost immediate open-heart surgery, on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”
“I said, ‘OK.’ And then he said, ‘And I want to talk about the health care problem in this country,’” McNearney, who also serves as the head writer on the show, told the Hollywood Reporter.
“Again, I didn’t think much of it. I figured he’d tell the story and then he’d probably cry because, well, he once cried on the show over a lion dying.”
Kimmel broke down in a 13-minute monologue on May 1 when he disclosed Billy’s surgery, then immediately pivoted to the discussion about health care.
Over the next several months, Kimmel continued his battle, including an ongoing fight with Sen. Bill Cassidy.
“Jimmy and I can’t go anywhere without someone coming up and thanking him for that monologue,” McNearney said.
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We were brought up to believe that we live in the greatest country in the world but until a few years ago, millions and millions of us had no access to health insurance at all,” Kimmel said in May.
“If your baby is going to die and it doesn’t have to, it shouldn’t matter how much money you make.”
And while the couple do receive the occasional piece of hate mail, McNearney said the response has been overwhelmingly positive.
“Jimmy and I can’t go anywhere without someone coming up and thanking him for that monologue,” she told the Hollywood Reporter.
“Now, people interrupting our dinner isn’t annoying to me anymore because I’m so thankful that they show their gratitude toward him and what he did.”
Source: Ny Daily News