12 governors urge Congress to fund children's health program

Elias Hubbard
December 13, 2017

"Daddy cries on TV but Billy doesn't", Kimmel laughed as he held back tears.

Kimmel has become the unlikely late-night advocate for universal health care since his son Billy was born in April with a heart defect, routinely using his platform to call out Republicans in Congress and President Trump for its efforts to weaken and attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

The host asked a few of his celebrity friends to cover the show in his stead so he could be at home as Billy recovered.

The comedian - who was off last week following Billy's latest heart surgery - did his opening monologue with the newborn cradled in his arms.

'I hope you never have to go there but if you do you'll see so many kids from so many financial backgrounds being cared for so well with so much compassion, ' Kimmel previously said.

Twelve governors of both parties are urging Congress to reauthorize funding for a popular children's health insurance program as soon as possible.

After thanking the guest hosts that filled in for him while he was away, which included Chris Pratt, Tracee Ellis Ross, Neil Patrick Harris, and Melissa McCarthy, Kimmel turned his attention to a more serious issue: health insurance coverage for children.

Since Congress failed to secure funding for CHIP, about 9 million children across the country may lose coverage, The Washington Post reports.

Kimmel continued by noting he's grateful for the medical professionals who saved his son's life, and pleaded for elected officials to grant every child the same right. "This is literally a life and death program for kids.This is not a hypothetical".

Kimmel pointed out that CHIP usually received bipartisan support in the Senate and the House but said "this year they let the money for it expire while they work on getting tax cuts for their millionaire and billionaire donors".

"I don't know what could be more disgusting than putting a tax cut that goes to rich people ahead of the lives of children", Kimmel said. "Why hasn't CHIP been funded already?"

Watch Kimmel's plea in the clip above.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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