Jimmy Kimmel has issued an appeal for his viewers to take an active approach to protecting health care access for all American people.
During a recent broadcast of his late night show, Jimmy held his son Billy who is 7 months old and had to undergo his second heart surgery as a result of being born with congenital heart disease. This prompted Kimmel to discuss CHIP, the Children’s Health Insurance Program on his show. Kimmel shared that the program is in danger of being a thing of the past, since Congress didn’t secure program funding in October 2017. The Washington Post confirmed that CHIP offers affordable health care for 9 million kids across the United States.
Jimmy Kimmel also shared that up until this point, both Democrats and Republicans supported CHIP. The talk show host says that not the healthcare program has become a “bargaining chip” and isn’t a priority now that Congress is working out new plans for taxes. Unfortunately, this also means that both children and parents with diseases like diabetes or cancer and even heart problems will soon receive letters stating that their coverage will soon be cut off.
Kimmel went on to criticize representatives in Washington D.D. for not securing the proper funding for such an important health program, and prompted viewers of his show to raise their voices to inspire change. Kimmel says that prioritizing a tax cut to further convenience rich people above the well-being of children is “disgusting.”
Find out more about CHIP and Jimmy Kimmel’s stance on www.huffingtonpost.com.