Alleged conservative Ben Stein revealed his bleeding-heart leftist self Wednesday on “Your World with Neil Cavuto” as he defended Jimmy Kimmel, his longtime personal friend.
Kimmel delivered a heart-wrenching monolog the other night about his newborn son who was born with a dangerous heart defect and needed emergency open-heart surgery. No one with blood coursing through his veins who watched it could fail to be moved as Kimmel passionately discussed his personal anguish about a loved one.
But then Kimmel transformed into a leftist demagogue, as Charles Hurt wrote in the Washington Times.
“I want to say one other thing,” Mr. Kimmel said after thanking all the people who just saved his baby son’s life, spared his family from a lifelong misery and supported them all through the whole traumatic ordeal.
“President Trump last month proposed a $6 billion cut in funding to the National Institute of Health,” the “funny” man continued. “And, thank God, our congressmen made a deal last night to not go along with that.”
It was suddenly as if instead of bringing forth into life an exquisite bundle of joy, Mr. Kimmel had been handed a stupid golden statue. And as if at the Oscars, the dirty, self-absorbed, narcissistic exhibitionist could not help himself but step into the klieg lights and start blubbering about politics.
“They actually increased funding by $2 billion. And I applaud them for doing that. Because more than 40 percent of the people who would have been affected by those cuts to the National Institutes of Health are children. And it would have a major impact on a lot of great places, including Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles,” he sobbed. “Which is so unbelievably sad to me.”
After his slobbering wet kiss to federal bureaucracy, Mr. Kimmel then went squealing on about Obamacare and how insurance companies, the government and your neighbors should all be forced to pay for everybody else’s health care. (Easy thing to say for a gazillionaire from Hollywood.)
I mean, really, Jimmy, does your newborn child not mean more to you than petty politics? How do you look at the miracle of your child and think — partisan politics!
The preexisting conditions argument is the wedge the Left uses. It is emotionally powerful even though it defies the laws of economics. How dare you talk about money when human life is at stake!
Kimmel’s was a sickening display of emotional exhibitionism as he exploited his child for political purposes. Never mind that a full takeover of America’s already over-regulated health care system will kill quality care and cause Americans to die, while at the same time bankrupting and enslaving the country.
In defense of Kimmel, Ben Stein made an intellectually cowardly case for single-payer. He knows universal health care will destroy America, but he doesn’t care.
Watch the video clip:
Here is a partial transcript of Stein’s comments to Cavuto:
It was a Republican that I worked for, Richard M. Nixon, who was the first person to propose universal health care for all Americans regardless of income, regardless of sex, regardless of race, regardless of preexisting conditions. […]
We’re not in a position where we’re going to able to lower taxes on anyone for a really long time without having serious, serious budget deficits. We’ve got to take a step back and realize that at the end of the day, however many days it is, it’s gonna be single-payer and the taxpayers are going to have to pick up the tab. And we might as well face that fact as soon as possible. I don’t like it. Mr. Nixon didn’t like it. We would rather have just bought a health insurance policy for everyone but Jimmy is totally right. We cannot let Americans be denied health care because of preexisting conditions whether they’re one hour old or 80 years old. It’s just not in the heart of Americans to deny health care and Jimmy made the point in a very emotional way. […]
It is a basic American right to have decent health care. That is a basic right. We’re in a very, very rich country. We have 650 billionaires. We have tens of millions of millionaires [sic]. We can take care of our own and the idea that any parent who sees his child born with a serious defect will think, my God, I might not be able to afford to keep my child alive, is abhorrent to everything it means to be an American. Jimmy put it very well. He put it with tears and intelligence and I think the whole country owes him a debt. […]
Ben Stein is entitled to believe anything he wants but never again may he call himself a conservative.