Entertainment TV
  • Facebook
    Facebook
  • Twitter
    Twitter
  • Pinterest
    Pinterest
  • +
  • Linkedin
    Linkedin
  • WhatsApp
    WhatsApp
  • Email
    Email
SHARE THIS
  • Facebook
    Facebook
  • Twitter
    Twitter
  • Pinterest
    Pinterest
  • Linkedin
    Linkedin
  • WhatsApp
    WhatsApp
  • Email
    Email

After a week of guest hosts, Live‘s Jimmy Kimmel took back his show — but he wasn’t alone. Joining him for his monologue was his son Billy. Jimmy showed off just how good his baby boy is after his latest surgery, and made an impassioned plea to Congress to approve funding for the recently expired Children’s Health Insurance Program, which is absolutely vital for millions of sick children to get proper treatment and care..

Kimmel was absent from late night last week because Billy, who was born with congenital heart disease, was having another surgery. “But look, he’s fine, everybody,” he said, holding up his son to the audience. “He may have pooped, but he’s fine.”

He thanked those who filled in for him — Chris Pratt, Tracee Ellis Ross, Neil Patrick Harris and Melissa McCarthy — and fought to hold back tears as he joked, “Daddy cries on TV, but Billy doesn’t. It’s unbelievable.” Tough, adorable cookie.

Kimmel then thanked the doctors and nurses at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles who “treated Billy — and not just Billy, many kids, with so much caring and compassion — children from every income level, whose health is especially threatened right now because of something you probably never heard of. It’s called CHIP.”

Kimmel explained that CHIP (the Children’s Health Insurance Program) covers about nine million American kids “whose parents make too much money to qualify for Medicaid but don’t have access to affordable coverage through their jobs, which means it almost certainly covers children you know.”

He further explained: “This is literally life and death for American kids, and has always had bipartisan support. But this year, [Congress] let the money for it expire while they work on getting tax cuts for their millionaire and billionaire donors.”

Jimmy then went from mad to “disgusted” by this, simply because he doesn’t get how the wealthy are being put “ahead of the lives of children.”

And people couldn’t agree more:

This isn’t the first time Kimmel has weighed in on the politics of health care and, sadly, probably won’t be his last. Will Jimmy’s pleas be enough? Will those who will soon be without the means to help their children be heard? We can hope.