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Jimmy Kimmel Hits Back At Critics Of His Healthcare Monologue

"I apologize for saying that kids in America should have healthcare. It was insensitive."

09/05/2017 5:35 PM AEST | Updated 09/05/2017 5:35 PM AEST

Jimmy Kimmel made headlines for a heartbreaking monologue about his newborn son's health scare when he was born.

In the monologue, Kimmel described at length the intense operations that his son, Billy, underwent straight after birth. The late-night host used the opportunity to plead with the country to band together and continue to improve healthcare in the U.S, especially for children.

But not everyone was pleased with Kimmel's comments, ridiculously criticising the host for saying things like "If your baby is going to die and it doesn't have to, it shouldn't matter how much money you make," and, "No parent should ever have to decide if they can afford to save their child's life".

On Monday's show, Kimmel used his monologue to respond to the critics, and he wasn't going to let them off easy.

Opening the monologue, Kimmel gave a tongue-in-cheek apology to his critics, "I apologize for saying that kids in America should have healthcare. It was insensitive."

After tackling critics like Newt Gingrich ("I don't know if the double layers of Spanx are restricting the blood flow to his brain...") he spoke to Senator Bill Cassidy who is pushing for a "Kimmel test" when it comes to insurance firms capping their payouts.

Watch the full clip above.

Jokes aside, it was brilliant to hear Kimmel assure his audience that his son Billy is doing much better, even sharing a short clip of the tiny tot.

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