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Kimmel to Critics: ‘I Would Like to Apologize for Saying Children in America Should Have Health Care’

Jimmy Kimmel returned to his show tonight, one week after his emotional monologue talking about his newborn son’s heart surgery and making a plea on health care, and thanked everyone for the outpouring of support and prayers and good wishes he and his family received.

However, Kimmel also did address the criticism he got over the past week, including from one columnist who called him an “elitist creep.”

Kimmel dryly said, “I would like to apologize for saying that children in America should have health care. It was insensitive, it was offensive, and I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me.”

He also called out “very sick and sad people” like Newt Gingrich, whose observation about Hollywood being too angry at President Trump to be funny very much amused Kimmel.

And then Kimmel spoke with Bill Cassidy, the Republican senator who said he wanted to make sure that the health care bill the Senate comes up with passes the “Jimmy Kimmel test.” Kimmel said he personally thinks the test should be that “no family should be denied medical care, emergency or otherwise, because they can’t afford it.”

Watch the whole segment above, via ABC.

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