In the midst of secrecy and rigorous debate over the Senate’s proposed health care bill, Jimmy Kimmel once again managed to show how the confusion will harm the next generation. During a segment entitled “Jimmy + Kids Talk Health Care,” Kimmel asked kids questions broadly related to how the policy will affect their well-being. The conversation was as silly as it was sad.
Kimmel started off asking the interviewees general questions about their age and the last time they’d been to the hospital, lightly teasing them with deadpan jokes they’re too young to understand. He then moved into delicately worded points about the contentious topic, like, “What if somebody who was poor is sick? Should people who have money help them get better?” Results were predictably earnest: shouts of “Of course!” and misinterpretations of the question followed. Kimmel mostly kept the conversation light, asking one girl with a unicorn headband whether she was going to fix her horrible disfigurement and asking twins how long they’ve known each other.
Kimmel ended the segment with a game of musical chairs, but he added a maniacal twist: Whomever couldn’t find a seat when the music stopped wouldn’t have health care anymore. When the game ended, a girl who found a chair expressed fear at losing her health care. “You have it, he doesn’t,” Jimmy assured her. The little girl asked why. “That’s the question we’re all asking,” Kimmel said, ending the interview on a bleak if poignant note.
Kimmel has been a vocal opponent of the Republican healthcare agenda. Earlier this year, after his newborn son required emergency heart valve surgery, Kimmel delivered a tear-filled monologue about how happy he was Congress turned down Donald Trump’s proposed $6 billion dollar budget cut to the National Institutes of Health and decried the AHCA’s proposed insurance caps. With the new healthcare bill in the works, Kimmel this time took himself out of it and let the children — those who could be affected most — speak for themselves.