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FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, file photo, host Jimmy Kimmel speaks at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Kimmel says his newborn son is home and doing great after open-heart surgery. A tearful Kimmel turned his show's monologue Monday, May 1, into an emotional recounting of the crisis with what Kimmel called a "happy ending." (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Jimmy Kimmel revealed his newborn son has a heart defect and criticized health care cuts


Talk show host Jimmy Kimmel announced the birth of his son in a 13-minute monologue that began lightly but wound up in a somber place. 

Three hours after William "Billy" Kimmel was born , hospital staff realized that the newborn had a heart murmur and would need open-heart surgery. 

"Poor kid, not only did he get a bad heart, he got my face," the talk show host said.

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In terms of health care, a heart defect is considered a pre-existing condition. Kimmel recognized this in his monologue and asked for Congress to find a bipartisan solution for making sure that all Americans have access to healthcare. 

"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, whether you're Republican or a Democrat we all agree on that, right?" said Kimmel. 

Kimmel then went on to thank the members of Congress who responded to President Trump's desire to cut $6 billion from the National Institutes of Health by raising the agency's budget by $2 billion. 

"More than 40% of the people who would have been affected by those cuts to the National Institutes of Health are children," said Kimmel. "And it would have a major impact on a lot of great places, including Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, which is so unbelievably sad to me."

Kimmel's words drew reaction from lawmakers on social media. 

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