Lady Gaga, Amy Poehler, Nina Dobrev, Rosario Dawson, Sarah Silverman, Olivia Wilde, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson, Pearl Jam, Lance Bass, John Legend, Alyssa Milano and Kerry Washington all joined the president in encouraging Americans to #getcovered with ObamaCare, but since the program is increasingly seen as a failure, celebrities are being told to back off from their public support.
Public relations firms throughout the entertainment industry are saying that it's a mistake to be outspoken on this particular political topic, since it's not so successful.
Patrick Millsaps, a Georgia attorney who also manages several celebrities says that public figures need to know where to draw the line.
“They are starting to realize they too were sold a bill of goods and aren’t going to be accomplices in a continued fraud,” he said. “This is an easy decision for a manager – you can’t let your client promote a crappy product.”
Publicist Ronn Torossian of 5WPR also chimed in on the subject telling Fox News,. “When things go wrong, naturally celebrities won’t want to be outspoken. But don’t expect them to be quiet for long,” he said. “They will stand up again as soon as President Obama asks them to.”
Maybe the American people shouldn't have to be "sold" on a product that was intended to help them. Once the discovery was made that ObamaCare was not all good, celebrities got quiet. Last week, after numbers revealed that a mere 6 people signed up for ObamaCare in the first day, don't expect Oprah to tell you to sign up for health insurance any time soon. In fact, reports are theta the talk show queen outright refused to help sell ObamaCare for the president.
The biggest problem with having celebrities endorse something like a government program is that in this sense they cannot relate to the average American. Most of the celebrities endorsing Obama's "product" are wealthy enough to have concierge physicians, as the Huffington Post reports- access to their doctors anytime, anywhere. Most Americans can't afford the $30,000 it takes for that kind of quality care. Hollywood may have helped Obama get elected, but it seems they won't be helping the president in pushing programs that aren't working. How do you feel about celebrities supporting government programs? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.