Jimmy Kimmel’s Monologue

Last night I was getting ready for bed when I noticed a new video on my YouTube subscription list. It was a 13-minute monologue from Jimmy Kimmel Live. I usually don’t watch the monologue clips, but I’m really glad I watched this video.

If you even just watch the first 5 seconds, you can tell that something is different about this particular monologue: Kimmel is almost in tears from the start. He assures the audience up front that even though he’s emotional, the story has a happy ending.

What happens next is just a really beautiful and almost tragic story about the recent birth of Kimmel’s son. I’ll embed the video below if you’d like the full story; I’d highly recommend it. It will remind you what it feels to be human (if you need a reminder, as I do from time to time).

The story ends around the 11-minute mark, but Kimmel continues with an important message that really touched me: “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 preexisting condition.”

He continues: “If your baby is going to die and it doesn’t have to it shouldn’t matter how much money you make,” he said. “No parent should ever have to decide if they can afford to save their child’s life. It just shouldn’t happen. Not here [in America].”

I think this is probably an obvious message to those of you who have kids, but it’s not something I think about often, so it was a really great reminder for me. I pay a lot of money for health insurance each month that I barely use, but it feels right that some of those funds are going to little babies who need the help.

Here’s your daily dose of humanity: