Obviously: White House meets with celebs on how they can help promote ObamaCare to young people

posted at 8:41 pm on July 22, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

When it comes to persuading young people between the ages of eighteen and about thirty five that they should voluntarily shoulder the higher costs of the inherently riskier insurance pools being peddled to them through the auspices of ObamaCare — without whose participation the system’s already rising costs will skyrocket all the further — the usual dry, boring government stuff just isn’t going to cut it. They’ve been looking for some pizazz with their advertising and “education” campaign, but the Obama administration’s grand idea to get the NFL’s endorsement turned out to be a bust, and while the musical festivals/coffee cups/airplane banners-gag might be a fairly effective strategy, it’s still keeping things pretty regional. They need to go big, and quickly.

I’ve been wondering whether President Obama was going to enlist the help of all of the Hollywood fandom that’s surely been pent up since the conclusion of his second presidential campaign, and lo and behold:

At a meeting at the White House Monday, a group that included singer Jennifer Hudson and actors Kal Penn and Amy Poehler heard Obama extol the benefits his health care law offers young people, whose participation in the exchanges is seen as essential for their long-term viability.

“The President stopped by the meeting to engage artists who expressed an interest in helping to educate the public about the benefits of the health law,” a White House official said. “The reach of these national stars spreads beyond the beltway to fans of their television shows, movies, and music – and the power of these artists to speak through social media is especially critical.”

The meeting, which was led by Obama’s senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, also included representatives for Oprah Winfrey, Alicia Keys, Bon Jovi, YouTube Comedy, Funny or Die and the organizations that put on the annual Grammy and Latin Grammy awards.

Yes, by all means, super-cool TV stars and musicians, tell the many young people still living at home on their parents’ couches, and/or struggling to begin their careers or to find more than merely part time work, why they should pay thousands more dollars for a health care plan they neither want nor need. Sounds awesome.

It is absolutely not a secret that ObamaCare needs millions of young, healthy people with relatively few and inexpensive health care needs to pay for the program’s ballooning costs and subsidize others’ insurance, and it sounds like the administration is looking to get their groove back with some help from his famous pop-culture allies. Goody.


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Why not just hire every resident already — hey, full employment! — and be done with the slow boil to serfdom …

ShainS on July 22, 2013 at 8:44 PM

What happened to “It’s the law?”

CurtZHP on July 22, 2013 at 8:47 PM

I’m 52. Thanks, all you 23 year olds, for paying for my healthcare under Obamacare. You voted for him, after all. Now live with the results. How’s that working out for you? (In my best Dr. Phil voice)

Wino on July 22, 2013 at 8:50 PM

How about a game show..

The Price is Right..
or..
Let’s Make a Deal…
Or…
Press your Luck….

Electrongod on July 22, 2013 at 8:50 PM

I would like to see Seth Rogin explain to young men how they should purchase a product they don’t need at a much higher price now than it was three years ago and that they are mandated to do this or pay a fine/tax.

I want him to do it in his really stoned voice and maybe Paul Rudd could stand in the background with pie charts made out of actual pie.

myrenovations on July 22, 2013 at 8:50 PM

“The effective propagandist must be a master of the art of speech, of writing, of journalism, of the poster and of the leaflet. He must have the gift to use the major methods of influencing public opinion such as the press, film and radio to serve his ideas and goals, above all in an age of advancing technology”

coldwarrior on July 22, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Hey wait! Isn’t political propaganda paid for by the Feds illegal?

MTF on July 22, 2013 at 8:55 PM

The first pictures are out of the new ObamaSquad

faraway on July 22, 2013 at 8:57 PM

Grrr…

Fallon on July 22, 2013 at 8:58 PM

The only way young people will buy it is if it’s in the Steam sale.

kooly on July 22, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Who are those people Obama is enlisting? They’re little-know compared to some others. Obama must be really hurting. Why sell something that is already a done-deal? Unless he’s worried about 2014, the Pubs having both Houses of Congress, and a call by younger people for full-out repeal.

Liam on July 22, 2013 at 8:59 PM

No, it wasn’t Alinsky who said that…

But, that along with the step by step erosion of rights of the citizens, until there were no citizens who were not part and parcel to government, unless they wished to be eliminated…and the cult grew and grew…

He was a progressive too, a socialist…and master of the printed word, the poster, the film, and the use of celebrities to advance the cause…when he started out, he told those around him exactly what his plans were, and how he would serve the nation…laid everything out in clear text.

Paul Joseph Goebbels, Reich Minister of Propaganda, was a petty rank amateur compared to what we have on the podium…giving speeches, and more speeches, and more speeches.

Under the guise of Obamacare…liberty will be lost.

coldwarrior on July 22, 2013 at 8:59 PM

After hearing Christine O’Donnell on Hannity’s radio program today, take heart! Government bureaucrats have backdoor access to your tax records, and now, your medical records!

John the Libertarian on July 22, 2013 at 9:00 PM

The most striking thing to me about young people today. They have all the info at their fingertips. Yet, they don’t bother to access it. What I would have given at that age to easy access to info in order to learn. I guess they just want to learn it via the school of hard knocks. Dumb.

Bmore on July 22, 2013 at 9:04 PM

have

Bmore on July 22, 2013 at 9:05 PM

Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller 4h

Per WH aide, Pres Obama told the celebs that young uninsured Americans (age 18-35) are key enrollment targets for the ObamaCare.
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Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller 4h

Celebs including Jennifer Hudson, Kal Penn & Amy Poehler were at WH today for meeting on encouraging young people to sign up for ObamaCare.
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https://twitter.com/markknoller

canopfor on July 22, 2013 at 9:10 PM

From “speaking truth to power” to “nodding sagely and accepting all they`re told.”

ThePrez on July 22, 2013 at 9:11 PM

Bmore on July 22, 2013 at 9:05 PM

Sad?

Pathetic.

Learning ain’t You-tubing, game playing, downloading tunes and porn…these IPhones can do it all…but learning?

Asked one of my kids the other day about something, said, “I don’t know, Dad, I ‘ll look it up on Bing.” Just asked him what the capital of Vermont was. And he is in his late 20′s. Was a lot smarter ten years ago…knew stuff…now, is on the IPhone all the time…has to stay connected…life is being connected…nothing else seems to matter.

Learning? dat be old skool.

coldwarrior on July 22, 2013 at 9:13 PM

My wife is/was a lifelong Springsteen fan but she never complains when I turn the radio channel when Thunder Road comes on…

patman77 on July 22, 2013 at 9:13 PM

As we saw from the election and what we should be paying very close attention to is that there are a lot of people out there that heed the word of a celebrity and that’s the only validity they need of that word.

If the GOP was smart, and they are not, they’d get ahead of this messaging.

It really is becoming clear to me that it’s time for a third party since it’s going to be near impossible getting rid of RINO establishment hacks.

We can either lose on our own terms or lose like dem-lite. Either way, we’re going to lose.

kim roy on July 22, 2013 at 9:14 PM

I don’t see any amount of “cool and hip” convincing these young folks to shell out for health insurance. The ones under 26 can be covered by Mom & Dad and the others need a decent paying job (or a job, period) to pay for it. This is just more fail by this administration.

Bitter Clinger on July 22, 2013 at 9:16 PM

I’ll be glad to help out. Just tell me when he’s going to move out of the WH and I’ll be there to help him move.

Quartermaster on July 22, 2013 at 9:16 PM

Who are those people Obama is enlisting? They’re little-know compared to some others. Obama must be really hurting. Why sell something that is already a done-deal? Unless he’s worried about 2014, the Pubs having both Houses of Congress, and a call by younger people for full-out repeal.

Liam on July 22, 2013 at 8:59 PM

The same clowns that watch the low info shows, reality shows, entertainment shows and read the gossip mags.

The ones who believe that if a celebrity says it, it must be true. The ones the advertising is geared to.

Obama’s base, which he went hard to at the election and won.

Those people. The 47% that is growing daily.

kim roy on July 22, 2013 at 9:18 PM

I don’t thibk they are listening anymore.

Let reality sink in.

wolly4321 on July 22, 2013 at 9:18 PM

But but but…

26 and under are on their Parents Policy?

Why would anyone 18 to 26 want or need Ins eh?

Dumb ass pols…

Scrumpy on July 22, 2013 at 9:20 PM

I’m 26. with 18 years experience.

wolly4321 on July 22, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Not optimistic. Today’s youth are so stupid, they will follow celebrities to their own harm.

They don’t possess the ability for critical thinking (who voted for Obama, after all?) and I don’t think they would understand that this is going to screw their paycheck. Hey, if Beyoncé said it, it must be ok.

kurtzz3 on July 22, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Youth is wasted on the young.

Sacramento on July 22, 2013 at 9:35 PM

But
But
But

But I thought Obama was the ultimate celebrity. Why are the “young people” going to listen to the mountain when they won’t listen to their Moses?

Marcus on July 22, 2013 at 9:41 PM

God forbid that he ask for an anti- drug campaign.

God forbid that MSNBC say anything about Treyvon’s mary jane in his blood but accuse anyone who mentions it of racism.

Where did they attend medical school again?

“The child” they keep talking about, who couldn’t defend himself, is expected to make good choices about illegal drugs.

This is from Web MD http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/marijuana-use-and-its-effects

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the main effects of marijuana on mood vary and may include euphoria, calmness, anxiety, or paranoia. Getting high or “stoned” is the reason most pot smokers use marijuana.

Other short-term psychological effects of pot include:

Distorted sense of time
Paranoia
Magical or “random” thinking
Short-term memory loss
Anxiety and depression

This is leaving aside the praise for our former drug users in power and the mountain of taxpayer money fighting the use of drugs by adults.

The NIH has proof that someone the poor victim’s age was not mentally equipped to handle alcohol. He was a poor child. The sad part is the path to destruction which our leaders and the media ignore.

IlikedAUH2O on July 22, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Government bureaucrats have backdoor access to your tax records, and now, your medical records!

John the Libertarian on July 22, 2013 at 9:00 PM

C’mon trolls, tell us why this is awesome.

CurtZHP on July 22, 2013 at 10:30 PM

What are they going to say? “Hey kids, sign up for expensive insurance so we can cover the old folks.” LOL.

Thanks, Obama Youth! Now I can enjoy my retirement without fear of losing medical coverage.

PattyJ on July 23, 2013 at 1:25 AM

Did they recruit Clint Eastwood to help spread the message?

JetBlast on July 23, 2013 at 5:57 AM

Obama really wants to be a part of the Great Hollywood Failure Machine, 2013 model?

Greek Fire on July 23, 2013 at 6:54 AM

This is more proof that this bill is not only Un-Constitutional but a HORRIBLE Bill!

easyt65 on July 23, 2013 at 8:03 AM

CurtZHP on July 22, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Excellent point. Do you think Bush, Reagan, or even Clinton going around the country with their hat in hand asking for help to ‘sell’ their bill, asking the NFL, Hollywood, and anyone else to help push it as a ‘good idea’? Presidents are supposed to lead on their feet with strength not like a beggar on his knees.

easyt65 on July 23, 2013 at 8:08 AM

$50 Billion to Sebilius to ‘sell’ Obamacare….

The NFL is asked to push it….

The IRS promotes it…by targeting Americans & placing the person who was in charge of that over the Tax Collection Dept of Obamacare

Now Obama turns to LibTards in Hollywood…

…good grief.

easyt65 on July 23, 2013 at 8:12 AM

Serious question, If a “child” can stay on their parents policy until they are 26, why would they buy their own policy?

Gatsu on July 23, 2013 at 8:18 AM

I’m 52. Thanks, all you 23 year olds, for paying for my healthcare under Obamacare. You voted for him, after all. Now live with the results. How’s that working out for you? (In my best Dr. Phil voice)

Wino on July 22, 2013 at 8:50 PM

You are welcome. And I would like to thank your lazy, greedy parents for plundering my paychecks for their sweet, sweet social security and medicare. You know, since I have to live with those results.

Spliff Menendez on July 23, 2013 at 9:22 AM