Video: SNL cold open ridicules Sebelius, Obamacare
posted at 11:16 am on October 28, 2013 by Guy Benson
“Enjoy your new healthcare system, America.”
The Encarta and AOL jokes were basically ripped-off from The Onion, but the sketch was still good for a few chuckles. More importantly, Obamacare’s failures appear to have surpassed the threshold of pervasive cultural saturation. Low information voters — including many young people — may not know much about Obamacare, but they do know that the process of signing up for coverage has been royally screwed up by the government. CBS News’ Major Garrett wrote last week about the PR blows Obamacare has suffered as a result of its botched roll-out, calling the new law “the biggest joke of the Obama presidency:”
The Obamacare rollout is dying the death of a thousand zeitgeists. The jokes are too easy. But President Obama has never been this juicy a target or the comic barrage this pitiless. In his Rose Garden defense of Obamacare, the president said “the product is good” and that it was a “good deal” four times each. He said it was “really good,” “the prices are good,” the “health insurance is good,” and the quality was “really good” one time each. The only thing he didn’t say was, “Message: I care.” Every politician lives with a secondary metaphoric shadow of huckster. But Ginsu knives and George Foreman? Can Ron Popeil and Chop-O-Maticcomparisons be far away? Oh, wait. Oh wait. See Jon Stewart at 5:55 of this clip. Stewart also lampooned Obama for borrowing George W. Bush’s save-Iraq-at-the-last-minute argot of a “surge” (see same clip at 7:28), while Daily Show correspondent John Oliver (at 7:47) dodged Pac-Man inside the antiquated and crappily coded world of HealthCare.gov (where 4’s and 5’s exist instead of 0’s and 1’s). To paraphrase Lyndon Johnson about the Vietnam War: When you’ve lost Jon Stewart …
Garrett can now include SNL on his list of a thousand zeitgeists. The White House’s glitch-related headaches are twofold: (1) Obamacare’s technical difficulties have already done lasting, perhaps irreparable, harm to the law’s brand. This level of incompetence threatens to sow fresh doubts about the efficacy of big government solutions in general. Indeed, a recent Washington Post poll showed that 56 percent of respondents believe that implementation issues foreshadow additional problems with the law. (2) In spite of Obama’s desperate assurances that the rest of the law is “really good,” that’s not true either. Even if every major tech snag were cleared up tomorrow, millions of consumers would still face dropped coverage, limited access, higher premiums, unwelcome doctor changes, increased out-of-pocket costs — and the government will still be spending substantially more, not less, on healthcare overall. A mountain of broken promises. As concerns mount over the financial sustainability of the law, supporters are increasingly choosing between two competing coping mechanisms: Deeeeeeep denial, or run away!