Video: “Is anybody going to buy health care because Barack Obreezy tells them to?”

posted at 3:21 pm on December 18, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

No, this isn’t a quote from Twitter or talk radio, but from ABC’s White House correspondent Jonathan Karl at yesterday’s press briefing.  Karl asked Jay Carney about the PR campaign from the Obama administration that’s attempting to sell ObamaCare to younger Americans as something hip and cool, rather than expensive and a raid on their pocketbook. Greg Hengler captures the moment, and Carney’s surprisingly composed response:

This question comes after an initial attempt by Karl to pin down Carney on the topic of demographics in the ObamaCare “enrollments” (which may or may not actually have effectively enrolled anyone yet), which the administration has yet to specify. :

Q    Do you have any update at all for how successful the effort to sign people — get people to enroll on healthcare.gov has been on getting young people?  What’s the status on that?

MR. CARNEY:  I don’t have any data specifically broken down by age.  I would refer you to CMS.  I’m not sure what they have. There’s no question that overall, between now and March 31st, there needs to be a good mix of individuals who enroll in the marketplaces.  As I think we’ve talked about in general, it is common, as we’ve seen from past experience, for enrollment of any kind in these kinds of programs, including the private health insurance that most of you enroll in and have open enrollment periods for, to happen disproportionately towards the end and that young people are even more inclined to wait until the last minute to get their paperwork done or their online applications done.  So having stated those facts, I don’t have any specific information with regards to the age breakdown so far.

Q    CMS won’t give that information out either.  I mean, do you not have it?  You must have it.

MR. CARNEY:  I don’t have it, so I would refer you to CMS.  I don’t have that data.

Q    And what efforts is the administration making to get young people to sign?

MR. CARNEY:  Well, I think you’ve seen a broad-based effort to focus on the opportunities and options available to millions of Americans across the country, including young people.

I think that if you saw in the Wall Street Journal yesterday, there was an article — we’ve often gotten questions about or statements from commentators about the fact that it would be proof that enrollment is working and the website is functioning for the vast majority of users when you saw outside groups, third-party groups, including insurance companies, invest in advertising to reach potential consumers.  And I think there was an important article in the Wall Street Journal yesterday about a number of insurance companies that are investing substantial sums to do just that.  And I think that would indicate that they believe the opportunity to reach those potential consumers exists, and that those consumers will be able to enroll in their plans if they so choose.

So it’s going to be — it’s a broad-based effort and it continues not just now but through March.

Mary Katharine covered this part of the question in more detail yesterday. It led to Karl’s follow-up:

Q    What do you make of some of these efforts by Obamacare supporters to reach out?  I mean, some of them — the upside-down keg stands and whatnot.  I mean, is anybody going to buy health care because “Barack Obreezy” tells them to buy it because it’s hot?

Well, that has to beat Pajama Boy as a spokesperson, doesn’t it?  On the more serious side, Carney does a good job of not taking the bait and tangling with Karl over his remarkably snarky framing of the question. It does demonstrate, though, that the White House press corps is running out of patience with Carney and the administration on its failure to produce real answers to substantive questions.  That pressure is likely to continue, especially as Obama’s falling approval numbers make him anything but cool these days.


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…..NO!

KOOLAID2 on December 18, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Barack Obreezy

Where did THAT come from. That’s really out there.

Paul-Cincy on December 18, 2013 at 3:27 PM

White House press corps feisty?
Sure. If the ‘messiah’ walked in and told them to unzip his fly, about half would be trampled in the melee.

AllahsNippleHair on December 18, 2013 at 3:27 PM

…and they will ceaselessly advertise with your tax dollars to pay off the media!

KOOLAID2 on December 18, 2013 at 3:27 PM

It does demonstrate, though, that the White House press corps is running out of patience with Carney and the administration on its failure to produce real answers to substantive questions.

It’s only taken them 5 years.

Bitter Clinger on December 18, 2013 at 3:29 PM

If something is sincerely awesome and meets my desires and budget, I don’t need O’cheesy trying to sell it to me.

hillsoftx on December 18, 2013 at 3:29 PM

B-Rock O’Beezy

Christien on December 18, 2013 at 3:31 PM

What is not mentioned is how the press corp are all wearing their own plaid onesies during the briefing. #InTheTank

LetsBfrank on December 18, 2013 at 3:32 PM

The poor, poor MSM.

There is nothing worse than unrequited love.

kingsjester on December 18, 2013 at 3:32 PM

yeah… the benefit of spending hundreds of dollars month so you can buy a new pair of shoes when the lightning bolt strikes you and blows them off your feet…..

a more intelligent bet for those young kids is at the dice tables in Vegas.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on December 18, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Wait until Luther, Obama’s Anger Translator, makes his pitch for Obamacare.

Christien on December 18, 2013 at 3:33 PM

(NSFW-language)

Christien on December 18, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Carney always says “I’ll refer you to…” whenever he either can’t answer the question honestly or he knows there is no good explanation for something. You could make a drinking game when he uses that expression but you would be drunk in the first 5 minutes of his presser.

neyney on December 18, 2013 at 3:34 PM

+1KJ

cmsinaz on December 18, 2013 at 3:35 PM

Record High in U.S. Say Big Government Greatest Threat
Now 72% say it is greater threat than big business or big labor

http://www.gallup.com/poll/166535/record-high-say-big-government-greatest-threat.aspx?utm_source=alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=syndication&utm_content=morelink&utm_term=All

It’s all crumbling down around his big ears.

Mr. Arrogant on December 18, 2013 at 3:36 PM

The press just doesn’t want to lose their last shreds of credibility with Obama as he goes down the tubes.

Make no mistake, though: if Obama were riding high in the polls and ObamaCare were popular, or just not so broadly despised, the press would be only too happy to continue carrying water for him as they have since 2004, even to the point of totalitarianism. They would smile and flash their Obama tee shirts as they were marched off to reeducation camps.

Adjoran on December 18, 2013 at 3:47 PM

When will these clowns simply ask, “Why would a millenial sign up and pay today, when he or she can sign up later and still be covered?”

BuckeyeSam on December 18, 2013 at 3:48 PM

It does demonstrate, though, that the White House press corps is running out of patience with Carney and the administration on its failure to produce real answers to substantive questions. That pressure is likely to continue, especially as Obama’s falling approval numbers make him anything but cool these days.

Yeah, but is the press corps going to turn on him? I doubt it. As KJ said above, these are jilted lovers throwing a tantrum in public (or to use Podesta’s terms, cultists begging for guidance from their fallen idol). They will never turn on him for real, they have too much invested in him and too much invested in his ideology.

Doomberg on December 18, 2013 at 3:49 PM

That pressure is likely to continue, especially as Obama’s falling approval numbers make him anything but cool these days.

He’s never been cool. Only dolts and idiots and the press (but, I repeat myself) ever thought he was cool.

trigon on December 18, 2013 at 3:52 PM

The presstitutes are all worthless, Godless, whores. They created this Barry fraud which has shredded our constitution and is trying to destroy our personal liberties. It will never occur to them that all their groovy, utopian ideas will end in violence.

DeweyWins on December 18, 2013 at 3:52 PM

Plenty of time to kiss and make up before the 2014 elections.

kcewa on December 18, 2013 at 3:52 PM

The press just doesn’t want to lose their last shreds of credibility with Obama as he goes down the tubes.

Adjoran on December 18, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Too late. They lost credibility long before 0bama even appeared on the national scene.

UltimateBob on December 18, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Does O Breezy mean the wind blowing through the space between “those” ears?

birdwatcher on December 18, 2013 at 3:57 PM

It’s all crumbling down around his big ears.

Mr. Arrogant on December 18, 2013 at 3:36 PM

…he is going to have to pay off more people!

KOOLAID2 on December 18, 2013 at 3:59 PM

Q CMS won’t give that information out either. I mean, do you not have it? You must have it.

MR. CARNEY: I don’t have it, so I would refer you to CMS. I don’t have that data.

Seriously, They can’t ask the most logical followup question.

Q. Have you asked for it or are purposely not asking for it so you once again faint surprise and shock at the low numbers once they’re released.?

This is rocket science stuff here guys.

WisRich on December 18, 2013 at 4:00 PM

ObamaCare. Because that which does not kill you only makes you stronger unless it kills you like ObamaCare does.

SparkPlug on December 18, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Barack Obreezy…

… The Selfie Preezy.

Seven Percent Solution on December 18, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Just think if the press jackalopes had only asked substantive questions back in early 2008.

Hey, it took them only 5 years and 10 trillion bucks, no big deal.

Bishop on December 18, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Oh sure, you are free to not purchase health insurance.

Just don’t be surprised when the IRS snaps on the gloves.

Viva Fascism!

Murphy9 on December 18, 2013 at 4:06 PM

What are the odds that Jay Carney “comes clean” in a few years and admits that his stint as WH Press Sec’y was the most embarrassing period of his life?:)

Clink

I’ll be surprised if that happens. I don’t think Obama will ever become the “Democrat’s Nixon,” which is what would have to happen (IMO) before people like Carney would turn on him.

Remember, 95% of being a good Democrat is “caring” about the right things – - – doesn’t matter whether the things you tried to do about those things(if you tried to do anything) actually worked.

BD57 on December 18, 2013 at 4:08 PM

So, where’s the betting pool on when this guy gets a notice of his IRS audit?

Socratease on December 18, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Jay Carney is indispensable–he is the paid liar for the Obysmal administration.

These press meetings are indispensable–they are tangible demonstration that the lies are being parsed, teased, then swept under the carpet.

The press is indispensable–they report the parsed, teased, and swept-under-the-carpet lies to the American voters.

And the American voters need to be told these lies because they’re that dumb.

MisterElephant on December 18, 2013 at 4:18 PM

I don’t know why these reporters ever attend Carney’s briefings, all he does is dodge the question or refer them to someone else. And I honestly believe he does not even know the answers to these questions, (even though it is his job to know the answers), therefore he’s either extremely lazy, inept, ignorant, or all of the above.

scalleywag on December 18, 2013 at 4:19 PM

He’s never been cool. Only dolts and idiots and the press (but, I repeat myself) ever thought he was cool.

trigon on December 18, 2013 at 3:52 PM

Exactly. And he’s never been likeable, either, but a nasty, spiteful, uncoordinated little pr!ck with the IQ of a dead snail.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on December 18, 2013 at 4:19 PM

What are the odds that Jay Carney “comes clean” in a few years and admits that his stint as WH Press Sec’y was the most embarrassing period of his life?:)

Never happen. From the disdain he shows those who question him – you can tell he’s a true believer. He considers himself among the intellectual elite that is more capable of running your life than you are. Don’t doubt him.

CycloneCDB on December 18, 2013 at 4:19 PM

So the WH is STILL not keeping track of the numbers, eh?

After so much incompetence they have decided to continue to be Stuck On Stupid.

ajacksonian on December 18, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Just think if the press jackalopes had only asked substantive questions back in early 2008.

Hey, it took them only 5 years and 10 trillion bucks, no big deal.

Bishop on December 18, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Jackalopes aren’t real. I think the press is more like a bunch of Chupacabras – and those are real.

oldroy on December 18, 2013 at 4:21 PM

If the whitehouse does not have to follow the law, then I dont either.

TX-96 on December 18, 2013 at 4:25 PM

It does demonstrate, though, that the White House press corps is running out of patience with Carney and the administration on its failure to produce real answers to substantive questions.

The same press corps that no one and I mean NO ONE outside of the DC politicos and the unemployed tea partiers listen to? That press corp? Okkkkk

loveofcountry on December 18, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Jay, are you and the preezy deliberately not exposed to this info so there is plausible deniability?

freedomfirst on December 18, 2013 at 4:29 PM

how far we have fallen

rob verdi on December 18, 2013 at 4:30 PM

If the whitehouse does not have to follow the law, then I dont either.

TX-96 on December 18, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Want to bet?

oldroy on December 18, 2013 at 4:36 PM

how far we have fallen

rob verdi on December 18, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Dude, this is the beginning. We ain’t seen nothing yet.

Murphy9 on December 18, 2013 at 4:37 PM

that’s so perfect! i am going to start using that nickname for him.

Sachiko on December 18, 2013 at 4:42 PM

Called him Preezy Obreezy in the WH!

No one ever called Stalin “Fatso Joe” in the Kremlin.

Akzed on December 18, 2013 at 4:47 PM

The same press corps that no one and I mean NO ONE outside of the DC politicos and the unemployed tea partiers listen to? That press corp? Okkkkk

loveofcountry on December 18, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Yeah! No one has heard of Jonathan Karl or heard of ABC News.

Okkkk

“unemployed tea partiers”..yeah we get that you’re a moron. But thanks for confirming

HumpBot Salvation on December 18, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Has he been disappeared yet?

Ward Cleaver on December 18, 2013 at 5:05 PM

I can’t help thinking of this:

Too Much Heaven on Their Minds

Fallon on December 18, 2013 at 5:09 PM

What do you make of some of these efforts by Obamacare supporters to reach out? I mean, some of them — the upside-down keg stands and whatnot. I mean, is anybody going to buy health care because “Barack Obreezy” tells them to buy it because it’s hot?

Now you did it…Carney might not have reacted strongly, but that’s going to set off the thin-skinned, petulant, feckless, narcissistic former community organizer. No ride on AF1 to Hawaii for Mr. Karl of ABC News – he’ll be too busy answering to the IRS Audit coming his way.

Athos on December 18, 2013 at 5:15 PM

What are the odds that Jay Carney “comes clean” in a few years and admits that his stint as WH Press Sec’y was the most embarrassing period of his life?:)

Never happen. From the disdain he shows those who question him – you can tell he’s a true believer. He considers himself among the intellectual elite that is more capable of running your life than you are. Don’t doubt him.

CycloneCDB on December 18, 2013 at 4:19 PM

Sadly, Cyclone, I think you are right. He thinks this is fun.

Fallon on December 18, 2013 at 5:15 PM

Akzed on December 18, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Wouldn’t have happened if he hadn’t earned it. These reporters are grown men trying to get facts, not cocky, snarky, vague comments from junior in a suit.

scalleywag on December 18, 2013 at 5:21 PM

my bad,

grown men men and women

scalleywag on December 18, 2013 at 5:23 PM

How long before King Barack the Magnificent returns to the podium to put those pesky whores reporters back in their place.

GarandFan on December 18, 2013 at 5:35 PM

I think Mr. President should put all millenials in jail if they don’t sign up & pay for the Affordable Care Act.

8 weight on December 18, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Jackalopes aren’t real
oldroy on December 18, 2013 at 4:21 PM

What?
:)

JusDreamin on December 18, 2013 at 6:35 PM

Barack Obreezy, King Putt, Prezy Selfie, Barky Obozo, Prezy Zero, BO, take yer pick; a rose by any other name would still be a SCOAMF.

ghostwalker1 on December 18, 2013 at 7:41 PM

I am surprised the pre pubescent carney didn’t steal the phrase that Pelosi used: Embrace the Suck…….thanks to all the braindead douchbags that voted for the party of immorality. If you can’t be an adult and do some vetting on your own, stay away from the voting booth.

crosshugger on December 18, 2013 at 7:44 PM