On Monday evening, Jimmy Kimmel gave a heartfelt monolog to his audience about his son who was born with a life threatening congenital heart defect. As Chairman of the American Heart Association here in Kansas City, I am all too familiar with the devastation and trauma this condition causes parents and newborns that are affected with it.
We have raised over $3 million at the American Heart Association in Kansas City that went to research for treatments and therapies that can correct this life threatening condition. Having said that, Mr. Kimmel went on to pontificate about pre-existing conditions and that you weren’t a decent person if you didn’t support the Obamacare pre-existing condition mandates because of how it could have affected his son.
Here are the facts regarding newborns and pre-existing conditions: Jimmy Kimmel is on an employer sponsored health insurance plan. There are no pre-existing conditions on employer sponsored plans and any child born with a heart defect or any other condition is automatically covered. This has been the law since the passage of the Kennedy- Kassenbaum Act, also known as The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, some 20 years ago.
On the other hand, if Mr. Kimmel had been on an individual or family health insurance policy at the time of his wife’s pregnancy, his child would have automatically been covered with no pre-existing conditions and would have would have been guaranteed health insurance prior to the passage of Obamacare.
While he is a great entertainer, he clearly doesn’t understand the facts surrounding the pre-existing issue and Obamacare.