Last night, Jimmy Kimmel returned to his late-night show and delivered his monologue with a very special guest, his infant son Billy, to once again argue in favor of providing accessible and affordable healthcare to every child in America. Kimmel first celebrated the fact that Billy’s second heart surgery went well, noting that “he may have pooped onstage but he’s fine.”
The late-night host quickly got emotional as he talked about his son, tearfully joking that “Daddy cries on TV but Billy doesn’t.” Kimmel thanked the doctors who took care of his son and noted that they treated kids from all different backgrounds with “care and compassion.” He also noted that this is only possible because of CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program), which currently provides health care for an estimated nine million children in America. The program exists as an affordable health insurance option for families who make too much money for Medicaid but still don’t have healthcare through work. And, since Congress failed to vote to renew funding that expired in September, the program is in dire straits, Kimmel unleashed on Republicans for allowing such an essential program to become a political bargaining tool and expressed how disgusted he was that a tax cut that primarily benefits the wealthy is being prioritized over saving the lives of children.
Here’s the clip:
With CHIP in jeopardy, states like Colorado are in danger of running out of money for CHIP as early as January, meaning that millions of kids could lose their access to health care over the next few months. Hopefully, Washington understands the importance of the program and takes action to renew it before it’s too late.