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.

When "bobcat" trended on Twitter this week, no one anticipated the unreal series of events they were about to witness. The bizarre bobcat encounter was captured on a security cam video and...well...you just have to see it. (Read the following description if you want to be prepared, or skip down to the video if you want to be surprised. I promise, it's a wild ride either way.)

In a North Carolina neighborhood that looks like a present-day Pleasantville, a man carries a cup of coffee and a plate of brownies out to his car. "Good mornin!" he calls cheerfully to a neighbor jogging by. As he sets his coffee cup on the hood of the car, he says, "I need to wash my car." Well, shucks. His wife enters the camera frame on the other side of the car.

So far, it's just about the most classic modern Americana scene imaginable. And then...

A horrifying "rrrrawwwww!" Blood-curdling screaming. Running. Panic. The man abandons the brownies, races to his wife's side of the car, then emerges with an animal in his hands. He holds the creature up like Rafiki holding up Simba, then yells in its face, "Oh my god! It's a bobcat! Oh my god!"

Then he hucks the bobcat across the yard with all his might.

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Since March of 2020, over 29 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the CDC. Over 540,000 have died in the United States as this unprecedented pandemic has swept the globe. And yet, by the end of 2020, it looked like science was winning: vaccines had been developed.

In celebration of the power of science we spoke to three people: an individual, a medical provider, and a vaccine scientist about how vaccines have impacted them throughout their lives. Here are their answers:

John Scully, 79, resident of Florida

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When John Scully was born, America was in the midst of an epidemic: tens of thousands of children in the United States were falling ill with paralytic poliomyelitis — otherwise known as polio, a disease that attacks the central nervous system and often leaves its victims partially or fully paralyzed.

"As kids, we were all afraid of getting polio," he says, "because if you got polio, you could end up in the dreaded iron lung and we were all terrified of those." Iron lungs were respirators that enclosed most of a person's body; people with severe cases often would end up in these respirators as they fought for their lives.

John remembers going to see matinee showings of cowboy movies on Saturdays and, before the movie, shorts would run. "Usually they showed the news," he says, "but I just remember seeing this one clip warning us about polio and it just showed all these kids in iron lungs." If kids survived the iron lung, they'd often come back to school on crutches, in leg braces, or in wheelchairs.

"We all tried to be really careful in the summer — or, as we called it back then, 'polio season,''" John says. This was because every year around Memorial Day, major outbreaks would begin to emerge and they'd spike sometime around August. People weren't really sure how the disease spread at the time, but many believed it traveled through the water. There was no cure — and every child was susceptible to getting sick with it.

"We couldn't swim in hot weather," he remembers, "and the municipal outdoor pool would close down in August."

Then, in 1954 clinical trials began for Dr. Jonas Salk's vaccine against polio and within a year, his vaccine was announced safe. "I got that vaccine at school," John says. Within two years, U.S. polio cases had dropped 85-95 percent — even before a second vaccine was developed by Dr. Albert Sabin in the 1960s. "I remember how much better things got after the vaccines came out. They changed everything," John says.

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