Jimmy Kimmel shares footage of son Billy’s struggle with a heart condition and urges people to vote

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Jimmy Kimmel shared personal footage of his son Billy’s health struggles as he urged people to vote with healthcare in mind this election.

The late night host, 52, told people to ‘vote with your heart’ as he opened up about his boy’s difficult first years during Thursday night’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Making a point about the flaws in overturning policies like protection for preexisting conditions, he and wife Molly McNearney told the story of Billy, who was born with a congenital heart condition.

Lives are on the line: Jimmy Kimmel shared personal footage of his son Billy’s health struggles as he urged people to vote with healthcare in mind this election

Billy, now three, was sent to the NICU just hours after his birth and was diagnosed with tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia shortly after.

His heart condition would lead to over 60 doctors appointments and three heart surgeries, one of them at just three-days-old, since.

‘This is what a preexisting condition looks like,’ the clip said, before a slideshow of heart-wrenching photos of Billy in the hospital, surrounded by serious equipment while attached to wires and tubes of all sort.

‘Families go broke trying to keep their loved ones alive,’ the video went on. ‘People die because they cannot afford to live.’

Offering some hope, the Kimmel family’s shared images of the happy, healthy tot nowadays.

Do what's right: The late night host, 52, told people to 'vote with your heart' as he opened up about his boy's difficult first years during Thursday night's episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Do what’s right: The late night host, 52, told people to ‘vote with your heart’ as he opened up about his boy’s difficult first years during Thursday night’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Overcoming obstacles: Making a point about the flaws in overturning policies like protection for preexisting conditions, he and wife Molly McNearney told the story of Billy, who was born with a congenital heart condition

Overcoming obstacles: Making a point about the flaws in overturning policies like protection for preexisting conditions, he and wife Molly McNearney told the story of Billy, who was born with a congenital heart condition

Emergency: Billy, now three, was sent to the NICU just hours after his birth and was diagnosed with tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia shortly after

Emergency: Billy, now three, was sent to the NICU just hours after his birth and was diagnosed with tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia shortly after

Heartbreaking: His heart condition would lead to over 60 doctors appointments and three heart surgeries, one of them at just three-days-old, since

Heartbreaking: His heart condition would lead to over 60 doctors appointments and three heart surgeries, one of them at just three-days-old, since

Lucky: Offering some hope, the Kimmel family's shared images of the happy, healthy tot nowadays

Lucky: Offering some hope, the Kimmel family’s shared images of the happy, healthy tot nowadays

‘We are raising him to fight for less fortunate kids,’ the video read. ‘Americans take care of one another. Vote with your heart.’

Introducing the clip, Jimmy told audiences: ‘I want to bring us back to focus on something we can’t afford to forget, and that is health care.’

‘The vast majority of this country believes that health insurance should cover Americans with preexisting conditions.’

‘If they’re allowed to do that, millions of people are going to suffer.’

Life or death: Introducing the clip, Jimmy told audiences if the Republican congress rolls back protections for preexisting conditions 'millions of people are going to suffer'

Life or death: Introducing the clip, Jimmy told audiences if the Republican congress rolls back protections for preexisting conditions ‘millions of people are going to suffer’

On the line: The Affordable Care Act - aka Obamacare - will come in front of the Supreme Court on November 10th, just one week after the election

On the line: The Affordable Care Act – aka Obamacare – will come in front of the Supreme Court on November 10th, just one week after the election

Last night: 'What I’m going to do is pass Obamacare with a public option, become Bidencare,' former Vice President Joe Biden said at Thursday's debate

Last night: ‘What I’m going to do is pass Obamacare with a public option, become Bidencare,’ former Vice President Joe Biden said at Thursday’s debate

The Affordable Care Act – aka Obamacare – will come in front of the Supreme Court on November 10th, just one week after the election.

This also comes as the state of the court is in flux, with the confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett expected to be rushed through the Senate in coming days.

During last night’s debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic candidate said he plans to build on the successes of the ACA with his own ‘Bidencare’ that would feature a public option.

Trump accused his rival of advocating for ‘socialized medicine’ while claiming he has his own plans to ‘terminate Obamcare’ and ‘come up with a brand new, beautiful health care.’

His plan: Donald Trump said he would 'terminate' the Affordable Care Act, and tried to tar his rival with being for 'socialized medicine.' Biden said he would preserve private plans

His plan: Donald Trump said he would ‘terminate’ the Affordable Care Act, and tried to tar his rival with being for ‘socialized medicine.’ Biden said he would preserve private plans

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