Jimmy Kimmel Makes Another Emotional Plea For Children's Health Care

I was out last week ¿ because this guy had heart surgery. But look he's fine everybody he may have pooped but he's fine' the 50-year-old said fighting back tears

It wasn't Jimmy Kimmel's typical cutting sarcasm or a celebrity guest that gripped viewers on last night's (December 11) episode - it was the introduction of Kimmel's son, Baby Billy, whose health has frequently left Kimmel in tears on the show.

After two heart surgeries, Jimmy Kimmel's 7-month-old son is doing just fine - but many other children are at risk.

"Daddy cries on TV but Billy doesn't, it's unbelievable".

He praised the "very bright and talented doctors and nurses" at the Children's Hospital in Los Angeles who treated Billy and kids like him who, according to the host, are having their health "especially threatened right now" because of the federal funding that has run out for the Children's Health Insurance Program.

The Children's Health Insurance Program covers 9 million children whose families would struggle to pay for healthcare without it.

Now, it "has become a bargaining chip", he added.

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Kimmel had previously planned to take off the first week of November so that his son could have the surgery, but had to postpone the operation when his entire family came down with a cold.

He slammed the U.S. government for not funding the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Billy has been the fixture of Kimmel's show for the past six months, ever since he was diagnosed with a heart condition called Tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia - in May, Kimmel opened up about Billy's health in a heart-wrenching monologue that went viral. It's always had bipartisan support, but this year, they let the money for it expire while they work on getting tax cuts for their millionaire and billionaire donors'. "Why hasn't CHIP been funded already?"

"I don't know about you, I've had enough of this".

"I don't know what could be more disgusting than putting a tax cut that mostly goes to the rich ahead of the lives of children", he said.

"If these were potato chips they were taking away from us, we would be marching on Washington with pitchforks and spears right now", he said.

While holding onto his son, Jimmy asked viewers to call House and Senate phone lines [202-225-3121] this week and demand CHIP funding before it's too late. "They say he's probably on track to win at least a bronze medal in the Olympics in 2036".


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