Jimmy Kimmel continues mixing politics with late-night entertainment but dropped to a new low Monday night when he brought out his son Billy, who is recovering from a second heart surgery, to push Obamacare and to criticize the Republican tax bill.
Billy’s cuteness and Kimmel’s tears were the perfect recipe of emotional manipulation for tugging on viewers’ heartstrings.
"Daddy cries on TV, but Billy doesn't," said Kimmel, holding his son carefully. "It's unbelievable."
He went on to talk about the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and claimed its funding hangs in the balance because of evil Republicans who care about tax cuts for the rich over saving the lives of kids:
“It 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, which means it almost certainly covers children you know. About 1 in 8 children are covered by CHIP… Overwhelmingly [in the past], Democrats and Republicans supported it until now. Now CHIP has become a bargaining chip. It’s on the back burner while they work out their new 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? This happened because Congress, about 72 days ago, failed to approve funding for CHIP… they let the money for it expire while they work on getting tax cuts for their millionaire and billionaire donors.”
“I’ve had enough of this,” Kimmel added. “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.”
“I’m asking you — Billy’s asking you — to make two phone calls,” Kimmel added. “Jam the House and Senate phones tonight, tomorrow, as long as it takes. Tell them to take a break from tax cuts for a minute and fully fund CHIP immediately.”
Of course, Kimmel left out the fact that Congress did, in fact, fully fund CHIP back in November. CHIP has support from the GOP all the way up to the president. However, Democrats were the ones that blocked the funding because they didn’t agree with how it would be funded. That’s a pretty important piece of the puzzle conveniently left out of this passionate monologue holding your political pawn, Jimmy.
But Kimmel wasn’t done. He ended by urging viewers to enroll in Obamacare before the impending deadline and even used the tax penalty as a threat to do it now:
“You only have four days to sign up. So, if you don’t have health insurance, go to HealthCare.gov and get it. You have to do it by December 15th. And by the way, if you don’t do it, you will pay a penalty of at least $695 next year if you don’t have insurance. So, do it. Right, Billy? Do it.”