Jimmy Kimmel responds brilliantly to the backlash over his monologue on his son's health.

In the days since Jimmy Kimmel's heart-wrenching monologue about his newborn son's heart condition went viral, many conservative media outlets and Republicans have slammed his remarks.

On May 8, 2017, the talk show host responded.

As the comedian explained on May 1, his newborn son, William, was diagnosed with a congenital heart condition hours after his birth and was rushed into emergency surgery. Thankfully, William is recovering well.


During Kimmel's emotional retelling of the story, he slammed the American Health Care Act (aka Trumpcare), defended Obamacare's provision banning discrimination against those with pre-existing conditions, and noted how vital it is that all children — not just ones from wealthier families — have affordable access to the same type of life-saving care William received.

Not everyone was pleased with Kimmel's decision to be so outspoken. Newt Gingrich was one of them.

The former speaker of the house argued on "Fox News Sunday" that the comedian's remarks were flawed.

"If you show up to the hospital with a brand new baby, and the brand new baby has a heart problem, the doctors of that hospital will do everything they can to save that baby," Gingrich said, pointing out that hospitals can't deny care to someone without insurance in an emergency.

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That's true, Kimmel agreed during his response on May 8. But, he pointed out, Gingrich's statement missed a vital detail.

"Yes, it is true that if you have an emergency, they will do an operation, and that's terrific — if your baby's health problems are all solved during that one visit," Kimmel said. "The only problem is, that never, ever happens."

While health care providers cannot deny care in an emergency, they can deny coverage for all of the inevitable and critical follow-up appointments after the emergency. Even if they don't, many working families simply can't afford those services anyway.

Kimmel continued:

"We've had a dozen doctors appointments since our son had surgery. You've got a cardiologist, a pediatrician, surgeon, some kids need an ambulance to transport them. That doesn't even count the parents who have to miss work for all of this stuff."

GIF via "Jimmy Kimmel Live."

Kimmel's response to Gingrich's criticism gets at what's so wrong with the way the new health care bill has been handled: Its authors don't want to talk about the details.

Like, for example, how much the bill will cost; the GOP pushed the AHCA through Congress with no CBO score. Or even how, exactly, the bill will affect everyday Americans. There hasn't yet been a single committee hearing related to this AHCA bill (Obamacare, in comparison, had 79 hearings before passing). Some GOP members even admitted they didn’t read the AHCA in its entirety before voting for it.

As Kimmel's response to Gingrich says so well, when you talk health care, the devil is especially in the details, and it's important we read the fine print.

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When a pet is admitted to a shelter it can be a traumatizing experience. Many are afraid of their new surroundings and are far from comfortable showing off their unique personalities. The problem is that's when many of them have their photos taken to appear in online searches.

Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

"If it's a photo of a scared animal, most people, subconsciously or even consciously, are going to skip over it," pet photographer Adam Goldberg says. "They can't visualize that dog in their home."

Adam realized the importance of quality shelter photos while working as a social media specialist for the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"The photos were taken top-down so you couldn't see the size of the pet, and the flash would create these red eyes," he recalls. "Sometimes [volunteers] would shoot the photos through the chain-link fences."

That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."

Vanna White appeared on "The Price Is Right" in 1980.

Vanna White has been a household name in the United States for decades, which is kind of hilarious when you consider how she gained her fame and fortune. Since 1982, the former model and actress has made millions walking back and forth turning letters (and later simply touching them—yay technology) on the game show "Wheel of Fortune."

That's it. Walking back and forth in a pretty evening gown, flipping letters and clapping for contestants. More on that job in a minute…

As a member of Gen X, television game shows like "Wheel of Fortune" and "The Price is Right" send me straight back to my childhood. Watching this clip from 1980 of Vanna White competing on "The Price is Right" two years before she started turning letters on "Wheel of Fortune" is like stepping into a time machine. Bob Barker's voice, the theme music, the sound effects—I swear I'm home from school sick, lying on the ugly flowered couch with my mom checking my forehead and bringing me Tang.

This video has it all: the early '80s hairstyles, a fresh-faced Vanna White and Bob Barker's casual sexism that would never in a million years fly today.

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