Comedian Jimmy Kimmel made an impassioned plea for ObamaCare during his latest show as he revealed that his son was born this week with a heart defect.

Kimmel choked up throughout the nearly 13-minute monologue, telling how nurses noticed his baby had a heart murmur. His son was eventually diagnosed with a rare heart defect — a blockage of the pulmonary valve and a hole in the heart wall. 

“More doctors and nurses and equipment came in — it's a terrifying thing,” Kimmel said. “It was the longest three hours of my life.” 

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Kimmel’s son underwent open-heart surgery at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, one of several operations he’ll need. As Kimmel thanked the nurses and doctors who performed the surgery, he launched into a passionate defense of ObamaCare.

“You know, before 2014, if you were born with congenital heart disease, like my son was, there’s a good chance you’d never be able to get health insurance, because you had a pre-existing condition,” Kimmel said. 

He applauded Congress for increasing funding to the National Institutes of Health by $2 billion after President Trump proposed cutting its budget by $1.2 billion.

“Thank God our congressmen made a deal last night to not go along with that,” Kimmel said.

Kimmel ended his monologue in tears, pleading with Americans to set aside partisan differences when it comes to healthcare.

“Let’s stop with the nonsense. This isn’t football. There are no teams,” Kimmel said. “We are the team. It’s the United States. Don’t let their partisan squabbles divide us on something every decent person wants.

“No parent should ever have to decide if they can afford to save their child’s life. It just shouldn’t happen. Not here.”

Kimmel’s emotional monologue comes as House Republicans attempt to gather enough votes to pass an amended version of their Affordable Health Care Act, which would allow states to apply for waivers for certain ObamaCare provisions including "community rating," which in effect would allow insurance companies to charge people with pre-existing conditions more for coverage.