President Barack Obama got some great news today from Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who held a conference call regarding enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Sebelius announced 4.2 million Americans have enrolled in private health plans through the end of February.
That was a jump of nearly 1 million consumers in February, via the online insurance marketplaces established by the federal health law, the Obama administration said Tuesday.
Meanwhile, a previously taped interview with Zach Galifianakis’s of "Between Two Ferns" interview show on FunnyOrDie.com was causing a stir. The appearance by Obama was one of many planned events targeted toward enrolling young people into the Affordable Care Act.
Obama was tongue-in-cheek for much of the eight-minute taping. "I have to say, when I heard that people actually watch this show, I was actually pretty surprised."
And of course, he wasn't, since he was well-prepped for the venture.
The back and forths were funny, including Galifianakis question to Obama. "It must kind of stink, though, that you can’t run, you know, three times."
“No, I actually, I think it’s a good idea. If I ran a third time it would be sort of like doing a third ‘Hangover’ movie. Didn’t really work out very well, did it?” the president said.
It worked well as the real purpose wasn't a third term, but Obamacare. The appearance on the show was to encourage young people to sign up for Obamacare and it seems to be working. White House Senior Communications Advisor Tara McGuinness announced via Twitter on Tuesday that the "Funny or Die website" is currently the top referrer to Healthcare.gov.
Starting with the Obamacare pitch. The back and forth between Galifianakis and Obama went like this.
Galifianakis: So do you go any websites that are dot-coms, or dot-nets or do you mainly just stick with dot-govs?
Obama: No, actually, we go to dot-govs, have you heard of Health Care-dot-gov?
Galifianakis: Here we go, okay, let's get this out of the way, what did you come here to plug?
Obama: Well, first of all, I think it's fair to say that I wouldn't be with you here today if I didn't had something to plug. Have you heard of the Affordable Care Act?
Galifianakis: Oh yeah, I heard about that, that's the thing that doesn't work. Why would you get the guy that created the Zune to make your website?
Obama: Health Care-dot-gov works great now and millions of Americans have already gotten health insurance plans and what we want is for people to know that you can get affordable health care and most young Americans, right now they're not covered and the truth is they can get coverage all for what it costs to pay your cell phone bill.
Galifianakis: Is this what they mean by drones?
Obama: The point is that a lot of young people think they're invincible.
Galifianakis: Did you say invisible? Because uh…
Obama: No, no, not invisible, invincible. Meaning that they don't think they can get hurt.
Galifianakis: I'm just saying that nobody could be invisible, if you had said invisible.
Obama: I understand that, if they get that health insurance they can really make a big difference, and they've got until March 31st to sign up.
Galifianakis: I don't have a computer so how does…
Obama: Well, then you can call 1-800-318-2596.
President Obama loves when a plan comes together.
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