Video: Helpful government employee teaches you how to use federal health-care website

posted at 4:12 pm on July 28, 2010 by Allahpundit

Via MKH, who notes — with video evidence — that this is actually an improvement over the sort of dead-eyed propaganda HealthCare.gov typically churns out. Interested in finding out what plans you’ll be eligible for until premiums inevitably start to skyrocket and wreak havoc with the industry? The answer’s just a click away, my friends:

Obama’s tour of the site reveals that a hefty part of it is dedicated to teaching us about all the things Obamacare could maybe mean for us under the rosiest of predictions and without regard for unintended consequences. So, if you’re a person who’s having trouble getting health insurance because of a pre-existing condition, never fear! There’s a tab on the homepage, which clearly states your problem is solved. If you’re a person who’s worried about losing your current insurance when government mandates kick in and your employer finds it more advantageous to dump you on the government, the site boasts a web video that clearly restates demonstrably false Obama talking points about being able to keep your insurance plan. See? Problem solved. Aren’t you glad the president taught you how to use this site?

Obama tells the story of David Gallagher, who was denied insurance coverage because he had had a hernia in the past, stipulating that by 2014, no insurance company will be able deny him coverage for a preexisting condition. In the meantime, however, David can use HealthCare.gov to learn about the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plans offered by the health care reform bill. Those are the same plans that the administration admitted in July will probably have to turn away sick people when they run out of money before 2014.

Not available yet but doubtless coming soon: The public option app. If you’re wondering why the White House would take the unusual step of having The One dorking out at the keyboard here instead of Sebelius or Gibbs, that’s easy. They’re terrified at the thought of the beating they’re going to take over O-Care in the midterms and therefore desperate to remind the public of the provisions in it that poll well. A video starring some White House lackey won’t create any buzz, but sit the surfer-in-chief down with a laptop in front of some earnestly august library backdrop and even I’ll watch. Hey champ: Just wondering — which book on the shelf there will help us decipher this alien hieroglyphic? Any idea?

Exit question: Given the fact that it’s seniors, in particular, whom the Dems are trying to educate about the bill and woo in November, is a tech-heavy approach really the smart way to go here?


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At least he`s wearing a tie.

ThePrez on July 28, 2010 at 4:16 PM

*facepalm*

itsnotaboutme on July 28, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Nimrod

GTR640 on July 28, 2010 at 4:17 PM

That was awesome!

terryannonline on July 28, 2010 at 4:17 PM

Good thing McCain isn’t president. He can’t even email.

notropis on July 28, 2010 at 4:19 PM

Exit question: Given the fact that it’s seniors, in particular, whom the Dems are trying to educate about the bill and woo in November, is a tech-heavy approach really the smart way to go here?

This isn’t targetted to them. They’re as good as dead.

This is targetted to da yout’s of America. If they accept it, it’s law… even if it gets repealed it will become the rallying cry of the Democrats immediately. Once the people become complacent… they can move on to playing politics with your health and increasing/restricting access to get the votes they want.

Skywise on July 28, 2010 at 4:20 PM

Is there any reason for me to spend three minutes and 21 seconds of my life, time I could spend banging my head against the wall or drinking myself silly, watching this video? Does it contain anything even remotely intelligent, life-affirming, or useful?

God, I hate that man.

WesternActor on July 28, 2010 at 4:20 PM

I demand they release the blooper reel.

Emily M. on July 28, 2010 at 4:21 PM

Ah yes

had to have the heart breaking story of a girl in there too, right

blatantblue on July 28, 2010 at 4:21 PM

Exit question: Given the fact that it’s seniors, in particular, whom the Dems are trying to educate about the bill and woo in November, is a tech-heavy approach really the smart way to go here?

I’m going to learn a little Spanish and encourage others to do so. Then I’m going to refuse to obey the laws and dare them to arrest me.

Screw all of it.

Cody1991 on July 28, 2010 at 4:22 PM

He should have directed people to the part of the website for foot amputations and tonsil removals…

PatriotRider on July 28, 2010 at 4:22 PM

Good thing he has time to make sure the elderly are informed on how to use his website. It’s not like he’s the President or anything.

milwife88 on July 28, 2010 at 4:22 PM

We had to have the government take over HCI to make this website? JFC.

Aquateen Hungerforce on July 28, 2010 at 4:22 PM

Kneel before Zod and bask in his complete and total awesomeness. Where was his Dukakis helmet or Kerry biohazard suit as he operated that POS pc?

cyclown on July 28, 2010 at 4:24 PM

Ron Popeil wasn’t available.

“Introducing the new BARCO Medic-izer!…….”

BobMbx on July 28, 2010 at 4:24 PM

Is that Ayers book just behind Obobo’s head?

AubieJon on July 28, 2010 at 4:24 PM

Does it contain anything even remotely intelligent, life-affirming, or useful?

God, I hate that man.

WesternActor on July 28, 2010 at 4:20 PM

Sort of. He inputs the zip code for Mombasa as his home region, until you hear the director yell “Cut!”

aquaviva on July 28, 2010 at 4:24 PM

Look around you. Just look around you. Have you worked out what we’re looking for? Correct. The answer is: your tax dollars.

LastRick on July 28, 2010 at 4:25 PM

How long before he’s doing Enzyte or whatever commercials with Jimmy Johnson at 3 AM?

red winger on July 28, 2010 at 4:27 PM

At least he didn’t do Jazz Hands!

Brian on July 28, 2010 at 4:27 PM

God, I’m sick of this guy. “For my next video, cutting-in a bedroom using latex paint”.

NickelAndDime on July 28, 2010 at 4:28 PM

Still smiling at that headline, AP!

Hey, just goes to show that if you want to get the message out in a breathtakingly stupid fashion, there’s no one like Obama to deliver it.

CliffHanger on July 28, 2010 at 4:29 PM

How long before he’s doing Enzyte or whatever commercials with Jimmy Johnson at 3 AM?

red winger on July 28, 2010 at 4:27 PM

Sometime in late January, 2013.

AubieJon on July 28, 2010 at 4:29 PM

That’s just dying for an LOLcat caption.

lorien1973 on July 28, 2010 at 4:30 PM

I demand they release the blooper reel.

Emily M. on July 28, 2010 at 4:21 PM

That was the blooper reel.

ThePrez on July 28, 2010 at 4:31 PM

Um, is it just me or is it a pimped out database?

Firefly_76 on July 28, 2010 at 4:32 PM

I’m not watching youporn!

lorien1973 on July 28, 2010 at 4:34 PM

They should have hired the Old Spice guy to do this.

Jussi on July 28, 2010 at 4:35 PM

Did he fix the cable?

Sefton on July 28, 2010 at 4:35 PM

Helpful gov’t employee…!

nice one, AP… +3

ted c on July 28, 2010 at 4:36 PM

So, they are able to explain a 2700 page regulation in a little over 3 minutes? Nancy was right. See, no need to read these things, folks.

I feel much better now.

GnuBreed on July 28, 2010 at 4:36 PM

POS

petefrt on July 28, 2010 at 4:37 PM

I was at the doctor today and we discussed Obamacare. He said that he thought the insurance companies would adapt and still offer private policies because the government has such a bad record of running things. He also said that people tell him they don’t want Obamacare and then gripe about their $20 co-pay, which to him is an indication that they do want Obamacare.

Cindy Munford on July 28, 2010 at 4:37 PM

Tech heavy is right. I hope he motivates the AARP crowd (of which I am one) to get online and decipher this bull. They will be POed big time after they find out they can’t understand a darn thing and what they do understand just leads to more bureaucratic web searching.

As an added plus Obama comes off looking ridiculous because who ever heard of the POTUS diminishing himself and the office to the level of an overly helpful do gooder with nothing better to do than public service ads that rightly shoud be done by a professional advertising actor. This really smacks of something Jimmy Carter would do. LOL

JimP on July 28, 2010 at 4:38 PM

does that laptop have a twitters account? I hear them older folks love that stuff.

ted c on July 28, 2010 at 4:38 PM

That’s just dying for an LOLcat caption.

lorien1973 on July 28, 2010 at 4:30 PM

I can haz mor taxorz

Sefton on July 28, 2010 at 4:38 PM

Sham Wow!!!

d1carter on July 28, 2010 at 4:39 PM

Hey, I’m so glad to see that 0bozo was able to take a minute out of his busy schedule taping The View to make this video!

I demand they release the blooper reel.

Emily M. on July 28, 2010 at 4:21 PM

That I’d like to see. Let’s file a FOIA request.

UltimateBob on July 28, 2010 at 4:39 PM

I thought government websites weren’t supposed to use cookies, but that thing put a cookie on my computer. I’m sure it’s harmless, but yuck.

MayBee on July 28, 2010 at 4:41 PM

Can you see the shadow of the teleprompter?

d1carter on July 28, 2010 at 4:42 PM

Does this count as fluff according to Rosie or beneath the dignity of the office per Rendell? Just wonderin’

txmomof6 on July 28, 2010 at 4:45 PM

It’s a poorly designed website.

It asks me for my State, and lets me indicate I’m asking for my family. Then it says –How old is your family member needing coverage? (answer separately for each person)–
but it doesn’t allow me to enter separately right there. What am I supposed to do? Go through several iterations of the q&A.

Also, it should put income limits for government benefits in big, shiny letters. Sure, it lets me say I have trouble paying for insurance. But I know I don’t qualify for S-CHIP. Why waste my time with that?

MayBee on July 28, 2010 at 4:46 PM

Obama tells the story of David Gallagher, who was denied insurance coverage because he had had a hernia in the past, stipulating that by 2014, no insurance company will be able deny him coverage for a preexisting condition.

Probably could have stopped after “Obama tells the story …”
since all he ever does is tell stories.

And of course David won’t be denied coverage. There won’t be any private insurers in business by 2014.

Public option is the only option.

Problem solved.

VibrioCocci on July 28, 2010 at 4:48 PM

¿disponible en español?

Brat on July 28, 2010 at 4:48 PM

The economy is in the sh*tter, the deficit is out-of-control, Afghanistan is a mess, Iran is cruising towards developing nukes, our intel community is a complete clusterf**k and the most powerful man in the world is spending his valuable time teaching people how to use a website? DELEGATE, a**hat!

rcpjr on July 28, 2010 at 4:48 PM

If Obama has all this time to make public service announcement videos…you think he’d have time to actually do the real work of being serving as President?

Have seen a few too many of these…and have seen a bit too many Obama images on too many US Government websites.

Does Obama know that the 2008 campaign ended a while back?

America, is this really the best we can come up to be the Chief Executive??

coldwarrior on July 28, 2010 at 4:48 PM

Can you see the shadow of the teleprompter?

d1carter on July 28, 2010 at 4:42 PM

They were able to edit the shadow out, silly.

VibrioCocci on July 28, 2010 at 4:48 PM

Why does he sound funny? Like he has a canker sore or something on his tongue.

Abby Adams on July 28, 2010 at 4:49 PM

If Obama has all this time to make public service announcement videos…you think he’d have time to actually do the real work of being serving as President?

coldwarrior on July 28, 2010 at 4:48 PM

The remainder of his time will be spent taking a two three four vacations over the next month.

That’s presidential, right?

VibrioCocci on July 28, 2010 at 4:50 PM

Where oh where is that schematic HA had on earlier today about the healthcare system? Surely it is on his computer screen…

txmomof6 on July 28, 2010 at 4:50 PM

+100 for headline

Smiles on July 28, 2010 at 4:51 PM

amazing how insurance just didn’t work before the Champ fixed it all for us….

poppieseeds on July 28, 2010 at 4:52 PM

” — which book on the shelf there will help us decipher this alien hieroglyphic?”

Just remember come November…

… Helpful government employee exempted himself from this nightmare.

Seven Percent Solution on July 28, 2010 at 4:56 PM

It’s a good thing we’ve been told that ObamaCare isn’t all about Obama or this little video might cause some confusion. After all, how many other bills like this have a helpful little instructional video starring none other than the POTUS?

BlueCollarAstronaut on July 28, 2010 at 4:59 PM

AV geek/dork in chief.

Sefton on July 28, 2010 at 5:06 PM

But somehow “The View” would be considered beneath him?

DrAllecon on July 28, 2010 at 5:19 PM

We can poo-poo this all we want but the fact is the Republicans, again, dropped the ball in not addressing the pre-existing conditions issue for years.

It is an outrage that people can not get insurance due to an even a one time incident that happened years ago.

What great political hay the Republicans could of made of solving the problem and what good the change could of done for all of us by solving the single most infuriating insurance issue. Most importantly, it could of helped pre-empt the O-care nightmare that has ensued.

However, the Republicans are too busy naval gazing to do anything of substance.

rickyricardo on July 28, 2010 at 5:21 PM

Exit question: Given the fact that it’s seniors, in particular, whom the Dems are trying to educate about the bill and woo in November, is a tech-heavy approach really the smart way to go here?

Brilliant. I work for a pretty large retirement community and I can say good luck with that, pal. While there are a lot who use computers for email and photos and such, they still prefer to do their banking and pay their bills with a good old fashioned envelope and stamp. This will scare the hell out of most of them, even if God himself were sitting at the keyboard.

scalleywag on July 28, 2010 at 5:22 PM

If you’re wondering why the White House would take the unusual step of having The One dorking out at the keyboard here instead of Sebelius or Gibbs, that’s easy.

LOL

the_souse on July 28, 2010 at 5:24 PM

Seniors are going to LOVE this.

Yes, I understand that some seniors do use the web, but a very large number of seniors have little to no experience with the web, no access to it and no desire to change that.

Another new website. . . . . I think these people in the Obama administration have a disconnect between the virtual world of the internet and the real world with real people and problems.

Jason Coleman on July 28, 2010 at 5:26 PM

It’s embarassing because it’s bogus and because the man is just trying too hard.

myrenovations on July 28, 2010 at 5:26 PM

rickyricardo on July 28, 2010 at 5:21 PM
ObamaCare did not solve the issue of preexisting conditions and they screwed up everything else. Repeal is the only way out of this mess, unless SCOTUS strikes it down.

txmomof6 on July 28, 2010 at 5:27 PM

Is there any reason for me to spend three minutes and 21 seconds of my life, time I could spend banging my head against the wall or drinking myself silly, watching this video? Does it contain anything even remotely intelligent, life-affirming, or useful?

God, I hate that man.

WesternActor on July 28, 2010 at 4:20 PM

Agree 100%
Including, always, and especially that last sentence – appropriate to read as both prayer and exclamation.

Less on July 28, 2010 at 5:29 PM

Violation of the Hatch Act

mathewsjw on July 28, 2010 at 5:31 PM

Obi-Won, you know and we know that you’re a shameless whore for the SEIU, so you can get off the purple shirt / purple tie kick any day now.

ya2daup on July 28, 2010 at 5:32 PM

Jason Coleman on July 28, 2010 at 5:26 PM

You’ll have to excuse Mr. President…he has his head so far up in the clouds he gets no oxygen and is in a constant state of confusion.

scalleywag on July 28, 2010 at 5:32 PM

Seniors Señors and señoritas are going to LOVE this.

Jason Coleman on July 28, 2010 at 5:26 PM

Thought that I’d drag the subliminal message being being spewed by Obi-Won, Nanzi and Harry out into the harsh glare of daylight.

ya2daup on July 28, 2010 at 5:35 PM

Horrible editing… “Based on my choices, the system has returned f-[snip] options.”

DaveS on July 28, 2010 at 5:40 PM

Interested in finding out what plans you’ll be eligible for until premiums inevitably start to skyrocket and wreak havoc with the industry? The answer’s just a click away, my friends

This reminds me of when CADD first came out, our office switched over to it quickly and in a very prominent manner. Our CEO spent months taking our clients through dog and pony shows explaining the wonders of computerized design and drafting, and he constantly was saying “… and with a few clicks this” and “… with a few clicks that”, particularly with making changes to the drawings.

The problems for project managers started ramping up a few months later, when they started getting complaints about how much this proposed change order was or or how much a bill for drawing modifications were, with the usual client refrains being “it’s all computerized now” and their favorite “why so much, it only takes a few clicks on the computer”.

The difference that and this here is that much of the skyrocketing prices are due to the doubling and tripling of work as well as the duplication of effort necessary to to implement it. It’s not going to be cheap make click away, or, for that matter, more accurate.

Dusty on July 28, 2010 at 5:45 PM

Mmmm, magic box. Magic box bring medicine man! Mmmmm.

Caper29 on July 28, 2010 at 5:47 PM

Most often heard question from those logging on to the Obamacare site?

“Where the hell is the “Any” key??”

coldwarrior on July 28, 2010 at 5:52 PM

If there were lockers in the white house, this doofus would be getting stuffed in them daily.

Inanemergencydial on July 28, 2010 at 5:53 PM

Dork-in-Chief
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.
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The SNL parody of this is going to be hilarious.

rockmom on July 28, 2010 at 5:53 PM

Exactly how much is this website costing us?

Logic on July 28, 2010 at 6:42 PM

Logic on July 28, 2010 at 6:42 PM

I’d figure about $55 million annually.

But, not to worry, Pelosi and Reid have already borrowed to pay for it, so its not like it is real money.

coldwarrior on July 28, 2010 at 6:47 PM

Oh Lordy! This man knows no bottom when it comes to kissing a$$, personally yet. I, as a bona fide senior citizen, have not seen the video and do not intend to. But judging from the expression on his face my immediate choice of adjective is’patronizing’.

jeanie on July 28, 2010 at 6:54 PM

Move over Vince…here comes Obama, and one slap and you get insurance.

right2bright on July 28, 2010 at 6:57 PM

Wow, that was boring. I couldn’t even stay interested the whole three and half minutes. More webinars, please, Mr. President!

CP on July 28, 2010 at 7:57 PM

I got a message that says “an error occured…”.

How true …

garry on July 28, 2010 at 8:40 PM

You’ll have to excuse Mr. President…he has his head so far up in the clouds he gets no oxygen and is in a constant state of confusion.

scalleywag on July 28, 2010 at 5:32 PM

One small nitpick, but I don’t think it’s the clouds he’s had his head so far up in…

Hazzard on July 28, 2010 at 9:43 PM

Obviously not his laptop, no gay porn pop ups.

Alden Pyle on July 29, 2010 at 7:54 AM