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Obama Tweets At Kimmel After Emotional Talk Show Monologue About Sick Son

Former President Barack Obama has remained largely out of the limelight since his second term ended. The Obamas have been enjoying well-deserved vacations and have been penning their much-anticipated memoirs. After one talk show host relayed a terrifying experience with his newborn son and made a plea for health care reform, Mr. Obama spoke out.

Host Jimmy Kimmel of 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' welcomed a new son last week with his wife and daughter, but the baby was born with heart disease. At just three days old, the infant had to be rushed into heart surgery, and his condition will require continued treatment.

Though the baby is expected to be okay, the baby's father was visibly emotional and shaken. He relayed the experience during his monologue time on his talk show and took the time to thank many people for help.

Kimmel then spoke passionately about the importance of making sure everyone has access to adequate health care.

“If your baby is going to die, and it doesn’t have to, it shouldn’t matter how much money you make,” Kimmel said. “I think that’s something that, whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat or something else, we all agree on that, right? … This isn’t football. There are no teams. We are the team—it’s the United States. Don’t let their partisan squabbles divide us on something every decent person wants.”

Barack Obama quickly tweeted a response. “Well said, Jimmy. That's exactly why we fought so hard for the ACA, and why we need to protect it for kids like Billy. And congratulations!”

Hillary Clinton also praised Kimmel for his candor and mentioned in a speech that it shows 'what's at stake' if Obamacare were repealed.

Republicans have been working diligently to repeal and replace Obamacare, but want to remove some safeguards like ensuring people with pre-existing conditions can get health care. President Donald Trump is urging lawmakers to protect that clause.

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