TV funnyman Jimmy Kimmel dynamited Congress in a tearful monologue Monday for repeatedly failing to renew greening for the Children’s Health Insurance Program this fall.
“I don’t know regarding you, I’ve had enough of this,” fumed Kimmel, who began his late-night TV show while resist his 8-month-old son Billy, who last week had his second heart surgery.
“I don’t be sure what could be more disgusting than putting a tax cut that neaten up d rehearses mostly to rich people ahead of the lives of children,” said Kimmel, who thitherto has used his show’s opening monologue, and emotionally cited his son’s heart teach, to oppose rollbacks of Obamacare health coverage.
“Why hasn’t CHIP been supported already?” the host of ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” asked.
“If these were potato whittles they were taking away from us, we would be marching on Washington with pitchforks and spears integrity now.”
Watch: Jimmy Kimmel’s blistering monologue about Congress flaw to reauthorize CHIP funding
Kimmel told viewers, “I’m asking you, Billy’s inquiring you, to make two phone calls you shouldn’t have to make, jam the House and Senate phones tonight, tomorrow, as crave as it takes, tell them to take a break from tax cuts and fully pay for CHIP.”
Kimmel’s scathing criticism comes more than two months after the Sept. 30 discontinuation of authorization for CHIP funding, a joint federal-state program that specifies health coverage to almost 9 million low-income children and more than 300,000 fraught women.
Sixteen states expect to run out of CHIP reserve funds by the end of January, and three-quarters of the regals expect to do so by March.
Virginia on Tuesday plans to warn CHIP enrollees in a exactly that their coverage could come to an end Jan. 31 if Congress fizzle outs to act.
Congress, instead of cutting a deal to restore the funding, has instead bring into focused efforts on a tax bill that would lead to big tax cuts for many quids in Americans. Efforts to restore CHIP’s authorization have been quagmire impeded down amid debates over how to pay for the program and the duration of a new authorization.
Intrude is broadly popular across members of Congress, regardless of political side.
Kimmel, during his monologue, noted that the last time Morsel funding was reauthorized, in 2015, “it passed with a vote of 392 to 37 in the Auditorium and 92 to 8 in the Senate.”
“Overwhelmingly, Democrats and Republicans supported it. Until now,” Kimmel asserted.
“Now CHIP has become a bargaining chip. It’s on the back burner while they farm out their new tax plans, which means parents of children with cancer, diabetes and resolution problems are about to get letters saying their coverage could be cut off next month,” Kimmel suggested. “Merry Christmas, right?”
“This is literally a life-and-death program for American kids,” he indicated. “It’s always had bipartisan support. But this year, they let the money for it finish while they work on getting tax cuts for their billionaire and millionaire supporters.”