Jimmy Kimmel makes emotional return with baby son after his heart surgery

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So, the late-show host brought Billy on Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday night to make another emotional plea for health care.

Billy needed one surgery just after his birth and had a follow-up operation last week.

"Look! He's fine, everybody", Kimmel said, jokingly adding, "He may have pooped but he's fine".

While funding of CHIP has not historically been a partisan issue, it's become what Kimmel described as "a bargaining chip" in Congress as it debates its tax overhaul proposal. More than a million lower-income children are at risk of losing their health insurance next year if Congress doesn't act soon.

"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", he said. "Daddy cries on TV but Billy doesn't.it's unbelievable".


"This is literally a life and death program for American kids". "Imagine getting that letter, not knowing to you'll be able to afford to save your children's life. This is not a hypothetical-about two million CHIP kids have serious, chronic conditions". "I've had enough of this".

Kimmel noted that his son is "doing great" and he has one more surgery to go.

Kimmel urged people to call (202) 225-3121 and speak to representatives in the House and Senate to rectify this situation.

He went on to explain the Children's Health Insurance Program which, as he stated, "covers around 9 million American kids whose parents made too much money to qualify for Medicaid, but don't have access to affordable coverage due to their jobs, meaning it nearly certainly covers children you know". "Merry Christmas, right?" Kimmel punctuated his explanation with, as he stated Congress failed to approve funding for CHIP several weeks ago.

He ended by again assuring everyone that Billy was fine, joking that his doctors say "he's probably on track to win at least a bronze medal in the Olympics in 2036".

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