Jimmy Kimmel recently blamed Republicans for their “prioritization of tax reform over CHIP,” conveniently leaving out the fact that it was Democrats who opposed passing legislation to fund CHIP for five years when it went to vote in the House last month.
The Children’s Health Insurance Program “covers around nine million American kids,” Kimmel said during his monologue, “whose parents make too much money to qualify for Medicaid but don’t have access to affordable coverage through their jobs.”
But it wasn’t Republicans who put CHIP on the “back burner,” as Kimmel claimed. Congress would need to agree on offsets to continue funding CHIP, but House Democrats opposed passing funding legislation because it would require cutting funds from Obamacare in order to pay for CHIP.
So Democrats opposed the legislation in the House, and now the Senate bill is being delayed because the Senate Finance Committee can’t agree on how to finance it, without cutting Obamacare funds.
So long as Obamacare remains an untouchable altar that Democrats blindly serve and protect, CHIP is on the Senate’s “back burner” as Kimmel calls it.
The Washington Free Beacon points out that a number of media outlets have reported on Kimmel’s monologue, without fact-checking his claims.
“Late-night host Kimmel holds son, pleads for health care,” the Associated Press reports.
“Jimmy Kimmel Tackles Health Care with a Special Co-Host: His Son, Billy,” Vanity Fair reports.
“Jimmy Kimmel holds his baby son, post-heart surgery, in emotional health-care monologue,” the Washington Post reports.
Republicans offered a solution, but House Democrats were seemingly unconcerned with delaying funding for children “whose parents make too much money,” as Kimmel said, “to qualify for Medicaid but don’t have access to affordable coverage through their jobs.”
Now that the bill has passed through the House, all the Senate needs to do is pass its own version of the bill. But Democrats would rather let the bill die or sit on a shelf than agree with the House bill’s funding means.
Not a single one of these stories from Wash Post, CNN, CBS or AP does a fact sweep of Kimmel's monologue. That stop gap funding was provided and Democrats voted against ithttps://t.co/jpn7zKCv1t
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) December 12, 2017
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
Kimmel started off his Monday show with a monologue featuring his baby son, Billy, and argued for Congress to pass funding for CHIP, calling Republicans’ prioritization of tax reform over CHIP “disgusting.”
“I don’t know about you, I’ve had enough of this,” he said. “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” […]
Kimmel has been an influential voice in the health care debate since he first mentioned the health complications of his newborn son. Since then, he has advocated for universal health care and promoted Obamacare, often criticizing conservatives and Republicans in the process. It was revealed in September that Kimmel had some help from Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) in fleshing out his health care arguments.
As long as Kimmel blames Republicans for “prioritizing” tax reform, and not Democrats for refusing to yield on some Obamacare funding in order to pay for CHIP, mainstream media doesn’t care about fact-checking their reports.
To them, encouraging distaste for Republican lawmakers is more important than the facts on children’s’ health.