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In this April 11, 2017 photo, host Jimmy Kimmel appears during a taping of "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 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." (Randy Holmes/ABC via AP)

Jimmy Kimmel hit back at critics of his emotional health care plea


In his return to television, Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel hit back at critics of his impassioned speech on the state of health care in America, reports The Boston Globe

Kimmel had spoken on television about health care last week after his son was born with a heart defect. Kimmel returned Monday after taking time off to be with his son, Billy, while he had open-heart surgery. 

Kimmel said his son is doing well, and thanked his viewers and fans for their support.

WATCH | Jimmy Kimmel responded to critics of his television speech on health care.

‘‘I made an emotional speech that was seen by millions, and as a result of my powerful words on that night, Republicans in Congress had second thoughts about repeal and replace’’ joked the late-night host. ‘‘I saved health insurance in the United States of America!’'

Kimmel singled out congressmen for the public comments they had made regarding his speech, calling out Rep. New Gingrich (R-GA) and going so far as to bring on Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy for an interview. 

Kimmel displayed headlines of media outlets saying "not-so-nice" things about his speech.

"I would like to apologize for saying that children in America should have health care," Kimmel deadpanned. "It was insensitive. It was offensive, and I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me."

Kimmel's most recent speech on health care won him plaudits on Twitter. 

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