WATCH: MacCallum Spars With ObamaCare Architect Over Kimmel Remarks
Ezekiel Emanuel, one of the key architects of ObamaCare, debated Martha MacCallum on the legitimacy of comedian Jimmy Kimmel's argument for preexisting condition coverage.
Kimmel said in a tearful monologue that his young son was born with a congenital heart issue and that he did not want to see other infants die because their parents could not afford care.
Emanuel agreed with a Washington Post headline that said the Republicans have "no good answer for Jimmy Kimmel."
Martha MacCallum said doctors will not just abandon a baby because their parents do not have adequate coverage.
Emanuel said people are treated differently by hospitals depending on whether they are insured.
He referenced a study that purported to show higher mortality rates for those who are uninsured and receive treatment.
"There's no mean being out there whose not going to help a child... if they're in dire need," MacCallum said.
Emanuel said MacCallum was "narrowing" the case of adequate health coverage, and said "your point is just wrong."
"[Kimmel] is making a very accurate claim," he said.
MacCallum repeated that doctors will not deny anyone care based on their insurance status.
"They'll do [a] surgery no matter what," she said.
Watch Kimmel's remarks below: