Pre-existing Conditions

Jimmy Kimmel emotionally gives a personal example of why it is so important that health insurance companies not be allowed to deny coverage for pre-existing conditions.

Kimmel recently had a baby son, who was born with a heart defect. As Kimmel points out, before the ACA went into effect, his son would likely have been denied coverage for that “pre-existing condition”.

Now, Kimmel likely has enough money that he could save his baby, but a middle-class person would be put in the position of having to decide if they could afford to save their baby’s life, and a poor person would have to watch while their newborn needlessly died.

In the following video, listen to Kimmel’s story. When he starts thanking people you can skip ahead to 10:20 to hear about the political side of this story, namely the heartlessness of Donald Trump who wanted to cut the funding to the medical institutions who saved his son’s life.

As many people point out, conservative Republicans seem to have forgotten that the whole purpose of insurance is to spread risk. Instead, they want to punish people who get sick or injured because it is somehow their fault because they don’t “lead good lives“. They have it completely backwards.



Also published on Medium.

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