President Barack Obama appeared on Zach Galifianakis’s mock talk show Between Two Ferns to promote the Affordable Healthcare Act website, but at least one political pundit doesn’t believe comedy should be used to promote Obamacare:
The heavily scripted included interview questions about Obama’s legacy:
Galifianakis: “What does it feel like to be the last black president?”
Obama: “What’s it like for this to be the last time you ever talk to a president?”
And a discussion about North Ikea:
Galifianakis: “So how does it work? Do you send Ambassador Rodman to North Korea on your behalf? I read somewhere that you’d be sending Hulk Hogan to Syria. Or is that a job more for Tanya Harding?”
Obama: “He’s not our ambassador.”
The Between Two Ferns video quickly went viral, but it wasn’t well received by everyone. Fox News host Bill O’Reilly blasted the mock interview, arguing that Abe Lincoln would NEVER do a Funny or Die video.
“The Affordable Care Act is dubious, to say the least, and using a comedic website to enroll people is a little bit desperate, don’t you think?” O’Reilly said. “I mean, I’m all for PR, and if [White House Spokesman Jay] Carney wanted to go on Funny or Die, fine. But the president of the United States? All I can tell you is, Abe Lincoln would not have done it.”
Well, that’s true considering the technology wasn’t quite up to speed in the 1860s, but Lincoln was actually a known prankster with a great – so he totally would have done a Between Two Ferns style interview.
Although O’Reilly deemed the interview “demeaning” and “a farce”, he can’t argue about its effectiveness. A government health care spokeswoman said Tuesday afternoon that 19,000 viewers of the Galifianakis video had already clicked through to visit Healthcare.gov.
Just in time for a nice, long holiday break, Congress put aside their differences, came to a budget compromise, and avoided another government shutdown.
The House passed a two-year bipartisan budget plan on Thursday night, their final task before the Christmas holidays. The Senate is still needs to pass the deal this week, but it looks like it will be smooth sailing. The new budget will reduce automatic spending cuts by $63 billion in the next two years and reduce the deficit by $23 billion. But most importantly, the bipartisan budget deal avoids another potential government shutdown – for two whole years!
The passing of the “meeting in the middle” budget seems to signal a shift for House Republicans away from the staunchly uncompromising attitudes that have given us multiple standoffs, threats of default and lingering government shutdowns.
But what sparked this sudden change in attitude? Was it the spirit of the season that prompted this compromise? Or was it something else? (It was something else)
On Sunday, Rep. Paul Ryan defended the budget deal to avert further shutdown, saying that it would allow the Republican Party toPresident Barack Obama’s health care reform law.
“I think we have to replace this law,” he insisted. “I believe we can have a system in this country体彩手机在线怎么下载 where everybody has access to affordable health care, including people with preexisting conditions, without it costing a government takeover with more freedom.”
“We like the fact, for the economy, no shutdowns,” he said. “We also don’t want to have shutdown drama so we can focus on replacing Obamacare, so we can focus on showing better ideas than what this is coming.”
So first they caused a shutdown in an attempt to kill Obamacare, and now they’re avoiding a shutdown in an attempt to kill Obamacare. Makes sense. After all, according to Bob Rucho, a Republican senator from North Carolina, Obamacare is worse than Hilter and Stalin and bin Laden COMBINED.
“Justice Robert’s pen & Obamacare has done more damage to the USA then the swords of the Nazis, Soviets & terrorists combined,” .
Bob Rucho has been working tirelessly to kill Obamacare. He was the primary sponsor of a bill this year to prohibit North Carolina from setting up a health insurance exchange or participating in the Medicaid expansion, which has kept 377,000 North Carolinians from Medicaid coverage. And now with the new budget deal, Rucho will have plenty more time to work out his plan to kill Obamacare – unless the death panels get to him first.
Fox News host Martha MacCallum made the insightful comment that Obamacare is more devastating than both Hurricane Katrina and the Iraq War because it directly touches the lives of more people.
In a segment on America’s Newsroom, Martha MacCallum pointed out that unlike a hurricane which nearly obliterated an entire city and a war which took the lives of thousands of American soldiers and injured hundreds of thousands more, a glitchy health care website affects EVERYBODY.
“What I keep coming back to in all of this is unlike other issues — Katrina or the Iraq war — that we’ve seen in [President George W. Bush’s] second term, this is something that touches so many people’s lives across the country体彩手机在线怎么下载,” MacCallum said. “And you don’t know whether the president is going to be able to successfully dodge it.”
And while MacCallum’s guest, Fox News contributor Brit Hume, seems to agree, I’m not sure that the Iraq war and Obamacare are entirely comparable. No one died as a result of Obamacare (minus all those elderly people who were shot execution style by the death panels), whereas the war may have had its fair share of causalities.
But that’s not part of Fox’s logic: thousands of Americans needlessly dying in a war? No problem. Preventing people from needlessly dying by offering them affordable healthcare? Un-American!
After Bill Clinton chided President Obama for making false promises to Americans about being able to keep their current healthcare plans, Obama has announced he is going to “fix” Obamacare and allow Americans to keep cancelled plans for one more year.
Earlier this week, Bill Clinton declared that Obama should keep his promise – even if it means changing the law.
“I personally believe, even if it takes a change in the law, that the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they’ve got,” Clinton said in the interview on Tuesday.
Apparently Obama was persuaded (either by Clinton or the millions of other angry Americans) because today the president spoke about his plans to fix the many issues with the Affordable Care Act. Obama first acknowledged the “rough” website rollout, which government officials and other contractors don’t believe will be fully functional by the Nov. 30 deadline.
“We fumbled the roll out on this health care law,” he said. “There is no doubt that people are frustrated.”
But, while admitting that the website’s technical “glitches” have prevented a large number of Americans from signing up, Obama said that the 100,000 who did enroll online in the first month “shows that Americans want health care.” The total number of enrollees is pretty far below the 500,000 that were predicted to sign up and only represent 1.5 percent of the estimated number of Americans who need to sign up by the March 31 deadline – but at least they’ve made it past the 100,000 mark!
President Obama went on to address the growing number of complaints from people who were told they could not keep their current insurance plan because it does not meet the Affordable Care Act’s strict new requirements for policies – despite Obama’s reassuring Obamacare motto “if you like your health care, you can keep it!” To make up for that “glitch,” Obama is allowing insurance companies to extend individually purchased plans that would otherwise end in 2014.
“This fix won’t solve every problem for every person” but it will help many, the President said at the White House. “We are going to do everything we can to help Americans who’ve received these cancellation notices.”
But the main problem with the fix is that the onus is on the insurance company. The Obama administration isn’t requiring insurers to extend existing plans, they are just giving them the option to offer an additional year of coverage. And if there’s one thing I know about insurance companies, it’s that they’re huge dicks who will totally cancel your plan.
A Texas company says it has made the first metal gun using a 3-D printer, paving the way for rednecks everywhere to start creating their own firearms. Well this makes me feel very safe.
The Austin company, Solid Concepts, created almost all the parts of the 3-D gun via direct metal laser sintering – whatever that means. While some are concered over the emerging ability to build your own gun, I say c’mon, it’s Texas! You don’t need a 3-D printer – just buy a gun on the internet or take one from a gun show parking lot or find one in your cereal box. Mental patients and felons don’t have time to sit around and assemble a 3-D gun, let alone pay $20k for a 3-D printer – they’ve got places to go and people to kill!
Math teachers beware! One day after a 12-year-old boy from Nevada shot his math teacher, another 14-year-old boy from Massachusetts was charged in the murder of Danvers High School math teacher Colleen Ritzer.
Conclusion? Kids hate math. Philip Chism, the 14-year-old math hater, brought a box cutter to school which he then used to kill his 24-year-old teacher in a school bathroom before rolling her body outside in a recycling bin and leaving her in the woods. Chism denies the he murdered her, but the surveillance video says he totally did it. USA Today
Fearing the glitches on healthcare.gov may deter young Americans from signing up for Obamacare, Colorado has come up with a genius marketing ploy: brosurance.
Colorado’s sign up numbers on the new health care exchanges haven’t exactly been the greatest (only 226 people enrolled the first week – ouch), so the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative and ProgressNow Colorado Education have launched a series of web ads in an attempt to boost enrollment. The ads, targeted toward youth, show bros having a good time – while also needing brosurance.
One ad reads: “Brosurance. Keg stands are crazy. Not having health insurance is crazier. Don’t tap into your beer money to cover those medical bills. We got it covered.”
Another brosurance ad features two guys playing golf.
“Yo Mom, do I got insurance? My girlfriend broke my heart, so me and the bros went golfing,” the text reads. “Then my buddy broke my head. Good thing Mom made sure I got insurance.”
Suddenly I want to defund Obamacare…
While keg stands and heartbreak are two ways of targeting young residents bros in Colorado, but what about Latino families, another demographic that tends to lack health insurance? Colorado’s got that covered too – with Mamacare!
The Latino targeted ad reads: “Mamacare. As a mom I want what’s best for her. When my baby is sick my first question is what’s my doctor’s number, not can I afford a doctor. I can afford that peace of mind thanks to my health insurance.”
As for those Coloradans (?) who don’t fall under Brosurance or Mamacare, well they just have to settle for plain old Obamacare. No wonder the enrollment numbers were so low.
For more information, visit www.doyougotinsurance.com, or just do what I did and scream at your computer screen, “IT SHOULD BE DO YOU HAVE INSURANCE!!! What kind of redneck frat boy Latino family come up with this url?!?!”
President Obama held a Rose Garden press conference today to acknowledge the widespread technical issues that have been plaguing the Obamacare sign-up website. There’s nothing like a Rose Garden speech to smooth over technical difficulties!
The health care website has been experiencing a few/more than a few glitches since it launched on October 1 and now that the government shutdown has stopped dominating the news, attention has turned back to the website’s functionality problems.
Obama admitted that healthcare.gov “hasn’t worked as smoothly as it was supposed to work” but that despite its problems, the site was still delivering affordable coverage.
Part of the problem has been the number of Americans eager to check it out. Since it’s launch, HealthCare.gov has had about 19 million unique visits and an estimated 476,000 have attempted to sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
“The number of people who’ve visited the site has been overwhelming, which has aggravated some of these underlying problems,” Obama said.
“There’s no sugar coating – the website has been too slow, people have been getting stuck during the application process, and I think it’s fair to say that nobody’s more frustrated by that than I am.
“And there’s no excuse for the problems,” he added, “and these problems are getting fixed.”
And how are they getting fixed? With computer geeks! The Department of Health and Human 体彩手机在线怎么下载 is seeking the “best and brightest” tech experts from both the public and private sector to work on HealthCare.gov.
But until that happens (which experts say may not be until December…), Obama brought along a few pals/”randomly” selected individuals to the Rose Garden conference who have successfully enrolled in the health care exchanges and LOVED it!
One model Obamacare example says she had “a number of frustrating attempts” to use the site but kept trying and now will save $150 a month and doesn’t have to worry about being rejected because of a pre-existing condition.
Republicans are still not convinced.
“ObamaCare is collapsing under its own weight, and a Rose Garden speech isn’t going to fix it,” Republican National Committee Chairman in a statement.
Neither is shutting down the government, but it was worth a try – right?
It’s T-12 hours until the world implodes and it’s all in the capable hands of the Senate now. Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell are “apparently” close to finalizing a deal to reopen the government and avoid debt default ahead of the midnight Thursday deadline.
The U.S. Senate leaders are “optimistic” about scrounging together a bipartisan deal after negotiations failed to produce anything concrete on Tuesday night. But today is a new day and they will reconvene at noon to try again. There’s no pressure anyways – except from the calendar deadline, financial markets and public opinion polls.
Once the Senate a deal in place, the House will still need to vote on it and send it off for Obamapproval. While it’s not 100% finalized yet, their plan reportedly would extend the federal borrowing limit until February 7 and fund the government to mid-January, and would include relatively minor changes to Obama’s signature healthcare law, affectionately/angrily known as Obamacare.
The House itself, led by Speaker John Boehner, was unable to produce a bill of its own that would pass. But John Boehner still has one important task: he must muster up enough votes in the Republican-led House to pass the Senate bill before he midnight deadline. A daunting task given recent Tea Party antics…
Meanwhile, the Fitch credit rating agency is just itching to push the downgrade button on the U.S.’s AAA rating. And once that happens, the U.S government will… ? Implode? Cause the markets to crash? All three?
Update: The Senate has reached a cross-party deal! Next stop: the House. Last Stop: Obama’s desk.