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Jimmy Kimmel + Son Billy team up for #CHIP

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Here’s an example of a celebrity using their platform to advance health policy.

Last night, on Jimmy Kimmel Live!  the host, Jimmy Kimmel returned after a week’s break to be with his 7 month year old son, Billy,  who had a second heart surgery since birth. Billy suffers from the congenital heart condition tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia.

Kimmel has used his television platform to champion for universal healthcare. Last night Kimmel made an impassioned speech about Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).  He ended his monologue with this request:

“If these were potato chips they were taking away from us – we would be marching on Washington with pitchforks and spears right now. So once again, I’m asking you – Billy’s asking you — to make two phone calls you shouldn’t have to make,” Kimmel said asking people to call (202) 225-3121 to speak to representatives in the House and Senate.”

I hope they follow through with his request.

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Barbara Glickstein is a co-director of the GW Nursing Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement, as well as a nurse, media guru and activist in New York City. She is the chairman of the board of Project Kesher and a consultant to many health care organizations and creative projects. She tweets and 'grams @blickstein.

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