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Jimmy Kimmel Shamelessly Uses Son To Shill For Government Program

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ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel used his show to shill for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and he used his baby son who had heart surgery to do it just as he did for Obamacare. He brought his 7 month-old little boy Billy on to help push it. Kimmel has no shame whatsoever. He just returned from his several-weeks-long hiatus from being the conscience of America. I can’t help but notice that he took his reprieve during the heat of Hollywood’s sex abuse scandals. Out of the limelight and out of the line of fire. Convenient that.

Now, he’s back to lecture us on CHIP. Billy became a cause celebre after Kimmel used Billy’s open heart surgery to stump against a Republican plan to curtail Obamacare. “I was out last week because this guy had heart surgery,” Kimmel told the audience, beginning to cry. “But look, he’s fine, everybody. He may have pooped, but he’s fine.” He then added, “Daddy cries on TV, but Billy doesn’t — it’s unbelievable.” Later adding, “Billy is doing great, by the way. He has one more surgery – this is amazing – he had an operation a week ago. They say he’ll probably on track to win at least a bronze medal at the Olympics in 2036.”

But Kimmel was just getting warmed up. He expounded on why he would bring his little boy on air as a national political prop: “[CHIP] covers around nine million American kids, whose parents make too much money to qualify for Medicaid but don’t have access to affordable coverage through their jobs. … Now CHIP has become a bargaining chip. It’s on the back burner while they work out the new tax plans.” He explained, “Parents of children with cancer, and diabetes, and heart problems are about to get letters saying their coverage can get cut off next month. Merry Christmas, right? This year they let the money for it expire while they work on getting tax cuts for their millionaire and billionaire donors.” Kimmel added, “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.” Then Kimmel urged his audience and viewers to “jam the House and Senate phones tonight, tomorrow.”

“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,” Kimmel said asking people to call (202) 225-3121 to speak to representatives in the House and Senate.

The problem with most of that is he’s getting his facts wrong and is outright lying… cute kid or not. Kimmel has started regularly using his child as a political weapon and I find it disingenuous and disgusting. Legislation has been passed by the House to extend and fund CHIP for five more years. Democrats stood against it because they didn’t like the way it was funded. The Senate Finance Committee passed a version of the bill, too, but they haven’t figured out the offsets for funding it yet.

Senator Orren Hatch (R-UT) has pushed forward the KIDS Act, reauthorizing CHIP for another five years as well. Hatch was one of the original authors of CHIP in 1997. “This continues to be a top priority for Chairman Hatch … The chairman is continuing to make progress in his discussions on how best to address this issue on the Senate floor and remains confident this will be resolved before the year’s end,” a committee spokeswoman said.

CHIP has not gone unfunded. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have been signing checks to states for the last two months. This has nothing to do with tax cuts or rich people. President Trump signed funding for CHIP last week to avoid a government shutdown. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said on Sunday, “We need to make sure the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which is expiring, gets to panel before the end of the year.” CHIP will still be passed. But regardless of the facts here, Kimmel will still use his son to push a political agenda and the lies that go with it. Great parenting there.

H/T: The Daily Wire, People, Axios

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