Jimmy Kimmel is a very funny guy, but he’s dead serious when it comes to advocating for affordable health care for infants and children. His infant son, Billy, underwent his second open-heart surgery a week ago and made a rare appearance with his dad on the show last night. Billy was born in May with a congenital heart disease that will require at least one more surgery. Since Billy’s birth, Kimmel has used his late-night show as a powerful platform to discuss health care issues — especially ones affecting children.
A tearful Kimmel — holding a very laid-back Billy — joked, “Daddy cries on TV but Billy doesn’t. It’s unbelievable.” Kimmel then made an impassioned plea to the audience to demand funding for CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program), a safety-net health insurance program for children of families of all incomes. The very successful program — two decades old — is in danger of…
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