Paul Ryan’s Baby


Jimmy Kimmel used the monologue of his talk show on ABC Monday night to talk about his newborn son. It was a frightening story that had a happy ending.

Shortly after his son was born it was discovered that he had heart defects and needed emergency surgery. Kimmel was very emotional in telling his story, which any parent would be.  I’ll make a long story short and inform you that is his son was saved and should be OK. But if Kimmel wasn’t a rich talk show host and we didn’t have Obamacare, would his son have survived?

Being serious isn’t something Kimmel often does. Another rarity for him was to get serious about politics. Kimmel made a point by saying “before 2014, 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. And if your parents didn’t have medical insurance, you might not live long enough to even get denied because of a pre-existing condition.”

He went on to say “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 that, whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat or something else, we all agree on that, right?”

Wrong. Not everyone agrees. Former congressman Republican Joe Walsh from Illinois, who’s less cool than Joe Walsh of The Eagles, tweeted out “Sorry Jimmy Kimmel: your sad story doesn’t obligate me or anybody else to pay for somebody else’s health care.” Of course Mr. Walsh doesn’t care about Kimmel’s, or anyone else’s baby, because Mr. Walsh doesn’t concern himself with his own children’s welfare. He was once one of the nation’s most notorious deadbeat dads owing at one point $117,000. You’ll probably find him in a basket with other deplorables.

Walsh isn’t alone in being a shit weasel. Another Republican congressman, Mo Brooks from Alabama, explained how he and other heartless conservatives see the debate over pre-existing conditions and affordable coverage. Mo was pitching Trump/RyanCare on CNN to Jake Tapper and said the GOP healthcare bill “will allow insurance companies to require people who have higher healthcare costs to contribute more to the insurance pool that helps offset all these costs, thereby reducing the cost to those people who lead good lives, they’re healthy, they’ve done the things to keep their bodies healthy.” So basically Jimmy Kimmel’s baby would have to die for not leading a good life.

I can sympathize with Kimmel. I’ve never had a scare as frightening as his but I can relate. I’ve been very close to tragedy.

When I was 15-years-old I lost my nephew, who was two-years-old. He was my older sister’s first baby. A few months after he died I spent the Summer with my big sis and my brother-in-law and I could hear her crying every night. It was the first time in my life that I cursed God. I never cursed him again because I stopped believing in him.

My nephew’s death made me a very paranoid parent several years later after my own son was born. I knew disaster could come out of nowhere. I had several sleepless nights watching him sleep, which he usually did on my chest. Once when he was still in the crawling stage my wife and I picked him up from daycare and all of a sudden it seemed he kept passing out while in his child seat in the backseat of the car. We made a beeline for the hospital freaking out the entire way.

Like Kimmel’s story, my story also ended happily but I know the worry and sick panic when you feel completely helpless and all you can do is sit and wait. My son is 26 now, doing fine and talks to me at least once a week when we argue over Star Wars canon versus theory. I hate Star Wars theory but I get to argue with him which is something every parent should look forward to.

Donald Trump, Paul Ryan, and their fellow Republicans should not decide if your child doesn’t receive healthcare because of your income. They also shouldn’t say he or she should die because they lead terrible lives.

If we strip healthcare from people for leading terrible lives we should start by ripping it away from these Republicans.

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  1. I have always believed that if my father hadn’t been in the army I would have died and been buried in the back yard. My folks were born in the 30s & he’s from Kentucky. Family plots are the norm. I was 1st hospitalized at age 2. I was there for 5 days. From there every few weeks back to the ER until age 11 when I was hospitalized again, this time for 8 days. Two weeks after getting out I fell & broke the growth plate in my ankle. Cast for 6 weeks, & then measuring every month to make sure the plate had started to grow again. If it hadn’t they told me I’d have to have surgery to remove both plates.
    All of that was to say I have “preexisting conditions”. As an adult add in a litany of other conditions that are not something that I have any control over. 10 medications daily plus 4 different pain pills as needed. My husband is retired army. When my parents retired from the military Champus was free. Now it’s called Tri-Care and how much you pay depends upon your plan. I am thankful for it. My husband is now a D.A. civilian so he’s eligible for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, but it’s not worth the cost. He himself has V.A. benefits, but Tri-Care gets him seen sooner.
    I don’t understand why some in our nation can’t understand why paying for healthcare for everyone is the moral thing to do. It also happens to be the cheaper way. If someone goes to the ER & can’t pay WE still pay it, just much more than if they could have had preventative care. Paying for birth control is MUCH cheaper than a pregnancy. (I just called the pharmacy to find out how much it is now since I haven’t needed it since I got my tubes tied at 22) The cheapest is just under $20. Seriously republicans are supposed to be the ones who are good with money. It makes fiscal sense to invest in a nation-wide, one payer healthcare plan.

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