Looking at the myriad of political news that hits us everyday, one could lose sight that we are still living in the United States of America. With so much bickering and partisanship going on between Republicans and Democrats, red states vs. blue states, and the left vs. the right, it feels more like the Divided States.
On Monday, a voice of reason spoke up for the millions of us who are tired of all the games of one-upmanship. Jimmy Kimmel set comedy aside to talk about something we can all agree on—being able to afford quality, life=saving healthcare.
The very emotional comedian talked about his newborn son Billy, who was born with congenial heart disease.
“Before 2014, if you were born with congenital heart disease like my son was, there was a good chance you would never be able to get health insurance because you had a preexisting condition,” Kimmel said.
He continued nearly in tears:
“If your baby is going to die, and it doesn’t have to, it shouldn’t matter how much money you make. I think that’s something now, whether you’re a Republican or Democrat, or something else, we all agree on that, right? … Don’t let their partisan squabbles divide us on something every decent person wants. We need to take care of each other.”
At the end of the day, we all want the same things—to be healthy, live in a decent home, pay our bills, educate our kids and enjoy our work. We want to feel safe where we live and—especially for people of color—we want to trust that we can go where we want and not be the target of unnecessary harassment and violence by police, those sworn to protect us.
Living in a country of such tremendous wealth, founded on the principles of freedom and the right to pursue happiness, there is no good reason to expect anything less. These are basic human rights which anyone living in this country should rightfully enjoy.
Thank you, Jimmy for saying in such a poignant way what we are all feeling and thinking. To have a handful of people at the top—those with excellent health care, who won’t be personally affected by the outcome—decide what’s best for the rest of us—is literally putting our health in their hands.
This is why it’s so important to vote and to know who you are voting for. This is why it’s critical to get information on how candidates have voted in the past. To the lawmakers in Washington, still struggling to scale back Obamacare’s preexisting condition clause, you need to do the right thing and leave it alone. Consider Kimmel’s plea and the image shown of his helpless newborn, covered with tubes.
We cannot allow politicians to play with our healthcare and to reverse the progress we’ve made. Fix whatever needs to be fixed, but to even consider rolling back the preexisting condition is cruel and heartless. Like Jimmy said, Americans need to take care of each other and that begins with taking action. Contact your representatives and tell them you want to keep the pre-existing condition clause in place.