Teary Jimmy Kimmel Tells Audience to Help Save Children's Health Insurance Program As He Holds Baby Son
Jimmy Kimmel brought his seven-month-old son on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and tearfully pleaded with his audience to contact members of Congress to save the Children's Health Insurance Prorgram.
CHIP covers children whose parents don't have employer-sponsored healthcare but also aren't eligible for Medicaid. Congress failed to renew CHIP as Republicans are using it as a bargaining tool for their tax plan.
“It almost certainly covers children you know,” Kimmel told his viewers. “About one in eight children are covered only by CHIP.”
“Parents of children with cancer, diabetes and heart problems, are about to get letters saying their coverage may be cut off next month,” Kimmel explained.
“Imagine getting that letter, literally not knowing how you’ll be able to afford to save your child’s life. This is not a hypothetical — about two million CHIP kids have serious chronic conditions," the host continued. "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 rich people ahead of the lives of children.”
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Watch the clip below.