Obama applauds Jimmy Kimmel's healthcare plea
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Former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaBiden raised key concerns with Putin, but may have overlooked others Democrats have turned solidly against gas tax Obama on Supreme Court ruling: 'The Affordable Care Act is here to stay' MORE on Tuesday responded to Jimmy Kimmel's emotional plea for lawmakers to leave ObamaCare in place, saying the comedian's account of his newborn son's heart surgery reflected the reasons his administration took on healthcare reform.

Kimmel, the host of ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," delivered a bipartisan plea to lawmakers on Monday night to expand access to health insurance and to retain protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions.

"Well said, Jimmy," Obama wrote on Twitter.

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! https://t.co/77F8rZrD3P

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) May 2, 2017

The late-night comedian had teared up as he recounted his son's birth last week and the immediate surgery to correct a heart defect that followed. 


"We were brought up to believe that we live in the greatest country in the world, but until a few years ago, millions and millions of us had no access to health insurance at all," he said.

"Before 2014, if you were born with congenital heart disease like my son was, there was a good chance you would never be able to get health insurance because you had a pre-existing condition. You were born with a pre-existing condition, and if your parents didn’t have medical insurance, you might not even live long enough to get denied because of a pre-existing condition."

Kimmel's plea came as congressional Republicans weigh a measure to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act, Obama's signature healthcare reform law. The GOP measure has stirred concerns among Democrats and moderate Republicans over whether it would do away with consumer protections for patients with pre-existing conditions.

Obama's tweet echoed a post by former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine Monica Lewinsky responds to viral HBO intern's mistake: 'It gets better' Virginia governor's race poses crucial test for GOP MORE, who wrote on Twitter earlier Tuesday that Kimmel's story showed "what's at stake" in the healthcare debate.

"Watch & prepare to tear up. Thanks @jimmykimmel for sharing your story & reminding us what's at stake w/health care," she tweeted.