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Late-night host Kimmel holds son, pleads for health care

A teary Jimmy Kimmel has called on Congress to restore and improve children's health coverage while holding his baby son in his arms on his late-night show. Kimmel's plea came on Monday after the late-night show host took off a week so his son could have a follow-up operation to repair a heart defect. Kimmel has become an outspoken advocate for children's care since son Billy was born in April.

This Dec. 11, 2017 image released by ABC shows host Jimmy Kimmel with his son Billy on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Kimmel held his baby son as he returned to his late-night show after a week off for the boy's heart surgery. Kimmel kept up his ardent advocacy Monday night, urging Congress to restore the Children's Health Insurance Program, which has been left unfunded and stuck in a political stalemate since September. (Randy Holmes/ABC via AP), This Dec. 11, 2017 image released by ABC shows host Jimmy Kimmel with his son Billy on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Kimmel held his baby son as he returned to his late-night show after a week off for the boy's heart surgery. Kimmel kept up his ardent advocacy Monday night, urging Congress to restore the Children's Health Insurance Program, which has been left unfunded and stuck in a political stalemate since September. (Randy Holmes/ABC via AP)
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jimmy Kimmel held his baby son as he returned to his late-night show after a week off for the boy’s heart surgery.

Kimmel was crying from the first moment of his monologue Monday night as he pleaded with Congress to restore and improve children’s health coverage, a cause he has championed since his son Billy was born with a heart defect in April.

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

Kimmel kept up his ardent advocacy Monday night, urging Congress to restore the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which since September has been left unfunded and stuck in a political stalemate.

Kimmel said it’s “disgusting” that Congress is putting tax cuts for millionaires ahead of the lives of children.

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