Jimmy Kimmel Returns With Baby Billy After Heart Surgery
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[JIMMY KIMMEL RETURNS WITH BABY BILLY AFTER HEART SURGERY]
[James Christian Kimmel:] Source: LYBIO.net
Well, thank you. Hi, I’m Jimmy. This is Billy. I was out last week because this guy had heart surgery. But look, he’s fine, everybody! [Applause]
He may have pooped, but he’s fine. And I want to thank Chris Pratt and Tracee Ellis Ross and Neil Patrick Harris and Melissa McCarthy for filling in for us last week. They each — they each gave a full day of their very busy lives to give me time off, and I’m grateful to them for doing that, and daddy cries on TV, but Billy doesn’t. It’s unbelievable. And…. [extended applause] Oh, thank you.
And we also want to thank the very bright and talented doctors and nurses at Children’s Hospital for – 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’ve probably never heard of, it’s called CHIP.
CHIP is the Children’s Health Insurance Program. It covers around – it covers around 9 million American kids whose parents make too much money to qualify for Medicaid but don’t have access to coverage, affordable coverage, through their jobs, which means it almost certainly covers children you know.
About one in eight children are covered only by CHIP, and it’s not controversial. It’s not a partisan thing. In fact, the last time funding for CHIP was authorized was in 2015. It passed with a vote of 392 to 37 in the House and 92 to 8 in the Senate. Overwhelmingly, Democrats and Republicans supported it. Until now.
Now CHIP has become a bargaining chip. It’s on the back burner while they work out their new tax plans, 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. Merry Christmas, right?
So this happened because Congress, about 72 days ago, failed to approve funding for CHIP since the first time since it was created two decades ago. This is literally a life-and-death program for American kids. 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. And imagine getting that letter, literally not knowing how you will be able to afford to save your child’s life. This is not a hypothetical. About 2 million CHIP kids have serious chronic conditions.
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.
Why hasn’t CHIP been funded already? If these were potato chips they were taking away from us, we would be marching on Washington with pitchforks and spears right now.
So once again, I’m asking you – Billy’s asking you to make two phone calls you shouldn’t have to make, jam the House and Senate phones tonight, tomorrow, as long as it takes, tell them to take a break from tax cuts for a minute and fully fund CHIP immediately.
Call your representatives in the House and Senate at this number, you can get – leave messages for both of them. Don’t let them keep pushing it off. They need to fund CHIP now.
And I also want to remind everyone that Friday is the last day to enroll in the affordable healthcare plan. In spite of President Trump’s efforts to sweep it under his rug, Obamacare is not dead. It’s very much alive. Millions of people qualify for reduced rates or even totally free plans but you only have 4 days left to sign up. So if you do not have health insurance go to healthcare.gov and get it. You have to do it by December 15th and by the way, if you don’t do it you will pay a penalty of at least $695 next year if you don’t have insurance. So do it. And right, Billy? Do it.
And Billy is doing great, by the way. He has one more surgery, [applause] this is amazing. He had an operation a week ago. They say he is probably on track to win at least a bronze medal in the Olympics in 2036. So by the way, I’m going to – Guillermo, you want to come take Billy from me?
Guillermo Rodriguez: Yes, sir.
Jimmy Kimmel: Okay. It’s starting to get a little – and change him, too, while you’re at it. And remember don’t get him under the arms. Just yeah, there you go and remember, back to front. Okay?
Guillermo Rodriguez: Okay.
Jimmy Kimmel: Source: L Y B I O . N E T
All right, thank you. All right, there you go. Like two babies. [Applause] The two cutest Guillermo’s in the world right there.
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