Last night comedian Jimmy Kimmel explained why he was absent from his show last week. His wife gave birth to a son who had a life-threatening heart deformity and underwent immediate open heart surgery. All are home now and doing well, but the emotional monologue was a wrenching reminder that health crises can happen to anyone at any time, regardless of income, race, religion, or political affiliations. I hope most of the country was watching and understood that we are more alike than we are different. And I hope the members of Congress were watching and got the message. Our health care system is critically important for everyone and must be managed in a way that helps everyone and denies no one.
As Kimmel himself put it: “No parent should ever have to decide if they can afford to save their child’s life.”