Jimmy Kimmel’s monologue about his son’s congenital heart defect and the medical treatment it needed was pretty moving. And Kimmel then followed it with an observation that too many folks without insurance coverage would not have had the medical access he had. It was, ultimately, a personal story about why the Affordable Care Act is so important.
Enter Michelle Malkin for some pushback. She titled her piece, “A Thinking Mom’s Message for Jimmy Kimmel.” First, she took issue with the fact that Kimmel “turned his personal plight into a political weapon” that so many were willing to re-tweet and like on social media. But then the argument, and not the opportunisim, gets some critical attention:
Kimmel doesn’t need more maudlin Twitter suck-uppery. He needs a healthy fact-check. “Before 2014,” he claimed, “if you were born with congenital heart disease like my son was, there was a good chance you’d never be able to get health insurance because you had a pre-existing condition, you were born with a pre-existing condition.”
This is false. If parents had health insurance, the child would have been covered under the parents’ policy whether or not the child had a health problem