Kimmel Makes a Stand to Kick CHIP

Kimmel Makes a Stand to Kick CHIP

Amanda Mourelatos, Co-Editor of Cougart and Community Builder

Jimmy Kimmel’s son, Billy, born in April, has a congenital heart disease that required heart surgery to repair a blocked pulmonary valve right after he was born. He had his second heart surgery not too long ago; he is 7-8 months old. CHIP (Children’s Heath Insurance Program) is used to help out kids and families, like Kimmel and his son, but that  soon may change. More than a million kids could lose their health care. Jimmy Kimmel said this program is “on the back-burner while they work out 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?”

As Jimmy choked up with his son in his arms, Billy sat there calmly. “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,” he says. “Why hasn’t CHIP been funded already? If these were potato chips that were taken away from us, we would be marching on Washington with pitchforks and spears right now.” 72 days ago, Congress “failed to approve funding” because CHIP was created 2 decades ago.

As Jimmy Kimmel said, “No parent should ever have to decide if they can afford to save their child’s life.”

Sources: Washington Post, CNN, Huffington Post,