Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Jimmy Kimmel cries over son's surgery as Shaun White appears on his show; more debate on pre-existing conditions in health care

Olympic snowboarder Shaun White, now 30, appeared on Jimmy Kimmel last night, to relate his own experience of growing up after two or three surgeries for Tetralogy of Fallot, after Jimmy opened his show May 1 on ABC in tears describing his newborn son’s open heart surgery.

The event has already focused more attention on the health care debate in the Trump administration and in Congress, as in this Post Dispatch article.

Kimmel might be able to pay higher premiums for pre-existing conditions, but an ordinary person could not, without public funded support.  Today, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told CNN he would favor covering excess expenses for pre-existing conditions with public funds (probably reinsurance).

White did not remove his shirt during the broadcast, but pictures before indicate that the scars from surgery, just below the nipple, are practically invisible.

Kimmel has often been silly, saying he wants to be president (maybe have a baseball player like Kris Bryant as his running mate) or at least be vice president.  Would he run in 2020?

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