Tuesday night, I waded into dangerous waters when I dared to criticize Jimmy Kimmel’s comments about health care on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360. It is sometimes difficult to fully express nuanced opinions on TV—especially when it’s three-to-one and you’re being interrupted—so I wanted to elaborate here.
We are in the midst of a serious public policy debate over the future of health care. That debate should be decided using facts and logic―not on the anecdotal experience of one wealthy Hollywood comedian who endured a very difficult circumstance while Congress was wrestling to fix our flawed health care system.
Here’s the truth: It doesn’t matter how much money you make, a baby in America is going to receive emergency care. As Politifact notes, for poor people, “Medicaid must cover necessary services for children’s physical or mental health, even if that service is not covered by Medicaid for adults in that state…”