Jimmy Kimmel, back on his ABC late-night show after a week off, brought his son Billy on Monday night to thank the toddler’s doctors and nurses at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
But mainly he meant to scold Congress.
Kimmel wants CHIP (the Children’s Health Insurance Program) to be funded — and not held hostage to tax-bill politics.
“If these were potato chips they were taking away from us, we’d be marching on Washington with pitchforks and spears right now,” Kimmel said.
In the wake of Billy’s second heart surgery, Kimmel said: “He’s fine, everybody. He may have pooped, but he’s fine.”
CNN added context: “The program covers about 9 million children whose parents usually earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to afford private health coverage.
“More than a million lower-income children are at risk of losing their health insurance next year if Congress doesn’t act soon.”
#FundCHIPNow tweets cited Kimmel and others.
I seriously love the activist you have become RT @jimmykimmel: My son Billy helped me with the monologue last night… #FundCHIPNow and sign up for #ACA here https://t.co/5tAmyo7KWD DEADLINE 12/15!! pic.twitter.com/lGlKK69Wnh
— Mina (@KaminaBlue) December 12, 2017
— Paula Larson (@plar520) December 12, 2017
Jimmy Kimmel for President
— CORI@STEVE KNAPP RACING STABLE (@KNAPPKBARN5) December 12, 2017