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Video: SNL cold open ridicules Sebelius, Obamacare

posted at 11:16 am on October 28, 2013 by

Stewart’s take-down was more cutting, but this is still pretty solid (at least as far as recent SNL goes):

“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 costsand 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!

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It’s at least a little satisfying to see Obama finally in the role of the fish in Dan Aykroyd’s Bass-o-matic commercial.

Greg Toombs on October 28, 2013 at 11:29 AM

It just goes to show you…it’s always something!

Kathleen, you ignorant slut!

Oh…never mind.

So many classics come to mind.

Galtian on October 28, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Where was the funny? I watched the whole thing and found no funny. Is it supposed to be automatically funny because it makes fun of Sebelius?

NotCoach on October 28, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Did the rules change? I thought the three things we automatically dislike on HotAir are:
-SNL
-electric cars
-Gwenyth Paltrow

tlynch001 on October 28, 2013 at 12:06 PM

tlynch001 on October 28, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Although most likely a liberal, Lorne Michaels is at least fair. He lampooned Carter, Clinton, and now Øbama, although I think he’s been a bit more restrained with Teh Won.

Kafir on October 28, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Did the rules change? I thought the three things we automatically dislike on HotAir are:
-SNL
-electric cars
-Gwenyth Paltrow

tlynch001 on October 28, 2013 at 12:06 PM

To be fair, it’s pretty much assumed that everyone everywhere automatically dislikes Gwyneth Paltrow.

Gingotts on October 28, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Now maybe the Obama-masked rodeo clown can be released from exile!!

Deano1952 on October 28, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Low information voters — including many young people — may not know much about Obamacare

They log on to Xbox Live and the Playstation network to play games, which support millions of players. They get this better than you think.

How many copies of GTAV were sold? Dude, online play ftw!

There are millions of mmorpg players too.

Just saying.

dogsoldier on October 28, 2013 at 12:47 PM

dogsoldier on October 28, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Obamacare – real life DRM on EA’s craptastic servers. Gamers rallied hard against Microsoft when they tried that controlling Big Brother crap. Though not all of us are low-infos, of course…

Gingotts on October 28, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Gingotts on October 28, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Exactly. But you should see some of the posts about the tech specs and the reaction to the XBone DRM from folks that are essentially disconnected from current events and politics.

(and I’m a gamer too. WoW, STOR and others when I have time for it.)

dogsoldier on October 28, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Indeed, a recent Washington Post poll showed that 56 percent of respondents believe that implementation issues foreshadow additional problems with the law.

How the fark can 44% possibly think that the implementation of the website does NOT?

NoFanofLibs on October 28, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Exactly. But you should see some of the posts about the tech specs and the reaction to the XBone DRM from folks that are essentially disconnected from current events and politics.

(and I’m a gamer too. WoW, STOR and others when I have time for it.)

dogsoldier on October 28, 2013 at 1:21 PM

This is true. I work with some of the smartest people I know when it comes to gaming and hardware specs, but if you talk to them about the economy and how Obamacare flies in the face of economics they turn into dolts who spout talking points. It’s really frustrating too because I know if they paid attention to it as much they do to games and hardware the country would be different.

ConDem on October 28, 2013 at 2:21 PM

How the fark can 44% possibly think that the implementation of the website does NOT?

NoFanofLibs on October 28, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Because they only think about the website at the moment and not the underlying code which portrays more of the specifics of the law. Once the website actually works, and who knows when that’ll be, and they see the prices, MAYBE some of that 44% will move over to the 56%.

ConDem on October 28, 2013 at 2:23 PM

ConDem on October 28, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Their blissful ignorance is about to ‘vaporate.

dogsoldier on October 28, 2013 at 2:27 PM

that damn conservative media making fun of liberals again!

nathor on October 28, 2013 at 2:42 PM

Exactly. But you should see some of the posts about the tech specs and the reaction to the XBone DRM from folks that are essentially disconnected from current events and politics.

(and I’m a gamer too. WoW, STOR and others when I have time for it.)

dogsoldier on October 28, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Oh yeah, I’ve seen ‘em and agree… That was a wide coalition – many of us who rejected XBone because they saw a bit too much of Barry’s intrusive and dictatorial crap in it, and those who just recognized intrusive and dictatorial crap in general once put in the position where they were forced to pay attention to it.

Inconvenient thing about an individual mandate… it also forces low-infos to pay attention. Now they’re getting a crash course in Fascism and it’s various forms.

The ruling class is relying on this being a done deal and all opposition being futile by the time the indifferent masses wake up. Of course Microsoft’s backass policies were set in stone when they came to E3, and where are they now…

To take it a bit further, it also shows all we have to do is be Sony. They weren’t well liked either, also had some black marks on their record, but easily won E3 just from showing up and stating clearly that they would not pursue such overbearing policies. Unfortunately we have McCains, Grahams, and Ayottes out there instead making sure that line is too blurry to maintain an effective message.

Gingotts on October 28, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Gingotts on October 28, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Yep.

dogsoldier on October 28, 2013 at 3:36 PM

A mountain of broken promises.

No, THEY WERE OUTRIGHT LIES!

But then, King Barack only had to get through the 2012 election.

GarandFan on October 28, 2013 at 5:31 PM

This level of incompetence threatens to sow fresh doubts about the efficacy of big government solutions in general.

“What difference, at this point, does it make?”

Big government already has ruined
the economy,
marriage,
education,
the arts,
the infrastructure,
our electric bills,
our fuel costs, &
parental rights.

What’s left?

itsnotaboutme on October 28, 2013 at 10:30 PM