Jimmy Kimmel once again brought the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to the public’s attention––this time during a segment of “Barista Theatre” while hosting his late night show. CHIP, a program which covers about 9 million children whose parents usually earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to afford private health insurance, has been jeopardized ever since Congress failed to secure funding in October.
“Funding for CHIP should have never been allowed to run out in the first place,” Kimmel said during a monologue last night. “This is a program that is supported overwhelmingly by both parties, Republicans and Democrats, and all [House Speaker] Paul Ryan and [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell had to do was put it up for a vote, it would’ve been a done deal. But they decided to use it as a bargaining tool instead.”
To explain the current status of CHIP, Kimmel acted out a sketch with an actor who played a Starbucks barista. The scenario––it couldn’t be any clearer––became the equivalent of ordering a cappuccino and getting “one giant bag of horse shit” with it.
THE BARISTA: It’s kind of a two-for-one thing. If you want the cappuccino, you also have to pay for a giant bag of horse shit.
KIMMEL: But what if I just want the cappuccino?
THE BARISTA: Whoa, buddy! If you start making demands like that, I will shut down this entire coffee establishment.
“The bottom line is, if they [the Republicans in power] want to fund CHIP, which they say they do because they care about children, they could do that immediately,” Kimmel said afterward. If they took a vote on CHIP alone, there’d be no votes against it. But they want to use children’s health as leverage.”
Kimmel pointed out that President Donald Trump’s tweet yesterday about CHIP’s status is one of the president’s “weird occasional flashes of common sense.”
CHIP should be part of a long term solution, not a 30 Day, or short term, extension!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 18, 2018
The problem? Trump “happens to be correct but it also happens to be the exact opposite of what the White House said yesterday.”
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