Comedian Jimmy Kimmel on Monday derided Congress for not funding a children’s health care program while holding his infant son.
The late-night talk show host noted that children like Billy Kimmel are having their health “especially threatened right now” as federal funding has dried up for the initiative.
“[It’s] on the back-burner while they work out their next tax plans,” he said late Monday of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
“Which means parents of children with cancer and diabetes and heart problems are about to get letters saying their coverage could be cut off next month,” Jimmy Kimmel continued on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
“What could be more disgusting that putting a tax cut that mostly goes to rich people ahead of the lives of children?”
CNN Media on Tuesday reported that CHIP covers about 9 million children whose parents typically earn too much to qualify for Medicaid.
Such parents do not earn enough to afford private health insurance, however, making it a valuable resource for lower-income families.
More than a million children from these families are at risk of losing their health insurance via CHIP in 2018 if Congress does not act soon.
Jimmy Kimmel brought his son to Monday’s live broadcast following the boy’s second successful heart surgery last week.
“He’s fine everybody,” he quipped. “He may have pooped, but he’s fine. Daddy cries on TV, but Billy doesn’t.”
“Billy is doing great by the way,” Jimmy Kimmel added. “He has one more surgery. They say he’ll probably be on track to win at least a bronze medal in the Olympics in 2036.”
Bill Kimmel is less than a year old and suffers from the tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia, a congenital heart defect that is present at birth.
Jimmy Kimmel first discussed his son’s health challenges earlier this year during an emotional speech addressing the GOP’s push to repeal and replace Obamacare.