March 31, 2014
If Saturday Night Live is making fun of Obama's frantic call for sign ups...

He has lost Saturday Night Live. They are making fun of Obama's frantic call for last-day sign ups for Obamacare...

Powerline Blog

Reality has been outrunning satire for a while in the Age of Obama, but the folks at Saturday Night Live seem to think they can pull it off. As we approach the shifting deadline for Obamacare enrollment on Monday, Obama adviser "Mike" (he looks an awful lot like Obama flack Dan Pfeiffer) and social media expert "Mara" are featured talking Obama into taking promotional photographs that are guaranteed to go viral and deliver ten million additional sign-ups in the next 48 hours. How low will Obama go?

Obama is shown submitting to a photograph in Pharrell's hat [Buzzfeed] while holding sign touting Healthcare.gov. He takes a group photo with Kim Kardashian, Harry Styles, and BatKid holding "a cat dressed like Princess Elsa from Frozen." Then comes the Pope (because "he's hot right now"). As I say, reality outruns satire in the Age of Obama.

The bit with the Pope makes me wonder: where is Father Guido Sardcucci? He isn't familiar to the target demographic, but he would be able to make comedy out of the selling of Obamacare.

For their final shot, the White House crew brings in Justin Bieber (Kate McKinnon) for an intimate photo. Now that is low, but lower than Zach Galifianakis and Between Two Ferns? This satire thing is hard.

 Click the photo to see it at PowerLine Blog. Or click here.

PBL SNL Obama needs viral

Posted by Ron Hebron at March 31, 2014 09:21 PM | Email This
Comments
1. OMG! SNL satirized the President!! They've only done that, like, every other time they've shown any President ever.

But hey, thanks for the link! It was funny.

Posted by: Bruce on March 31, 2014 11:37 PM
2. The news is that Obama is demoted to president, like all his predecessors. He used to be "The One"

Posted by: Ron on April 1, 2014 11:50 AM
3. The news is that Obama is demoted to president, like all his predecessors. He used to be "The One."

Citation needed.

Posted by: tensor on April 1, 2014 02:33 PM
4. Citation needed.

Breitbart, Wingnut Daily, Human Events, Powerline...

Do you need more?

(Ron is very well-read)

Posted by: scottd on April 1, 2014 03:14 PM
5. That's a terrific video! I didn't know anyone on this blog has a sense of humor.

Posted by: Roger Rabbit on April 1, 2014 04:30 PM
6. How the ACA (Obamacare could be improved) - definitive ideas spoken by a GOP Senator;


"I think the principles for common sense health care reform are well established,". "I've been talking about it a long time. A lot of Republicans have been talking about it. I think we need more competition, more choice and we need to empower consumers to make decisions with their doctors without government getting in the way. I think the three most important reforms once we repeal ObamaCare are number one, allowing people to buy health insurance across state lines. That will create a 50-state national marketplace which means you'll have low cost catastrophic plans available. The biggest barrier to access is cost. And if you want more access, you want more choices and lower cost."

"What ObamaCare does is it has fewer choices and higher cost," he continued. "Number two, we should expand health savings accounts so you can save in a tax advantaged way for health needs. And number three, and this is critical, we need to de-link health insurance from employment so that if you lose your job, you don't lose your health insurance. Just like you don't lose your car insurance or life insurance or health insurance or your house insurance. And if you do that, then health insurance becomes personal, portable and affordable. That's the sort of reform that empowers consumers. I think that's what Americans want rather than empowering the government bureaucrat to get in the way."

It's a good start, but leftists will feel left out because this lessens the role of the Federal Government, in spite of the fact a vast majority of Americans would be better off.

Posted by: KDS on April 1, 2014 07:33 PM
7. @6: I think the three most important reforms once we repeal ObamaCare are number one, allowing people to buy health insurance across state lines. That will create a 50-state national marketplace which means you'll have low cost catastrophic plans available. The biggest barrier to access is cost. And if you want more access, you want more choices and lower cost.

The only thing this would accomplish is breaking apart any state regulation of healthcare. This is the real underlying objective here, not a reduction of costs. And making an end-run around state law in favor of garbage healthcare plans from Delaware or Guam doesn't improve healthcare -- it just allows companies to get away with providing less and making greater profits.

In terms of tort reform -- the likely second "important" reform -- it's pointless. Tort reform does little to nothing to make healthcare more affordable, and would eliminate one way that people with lifelong disabilities can receive support for their care. It is intended to kneecap trial lawyers (perceived Democratic donors), not to actually achieve public policy goals.

For Health Savings Accounts -- the third pillar of Republican "reforms" -- I can agree with the concept of bringing transparency and some market controls to costs. However, it completely destroys the concept of insurance as a means to spread risk. It benefits the healthy and the few that can afford out-of-pocket costs, at the expense of the poor and sick.

So yes, these are "reforms", in that they can allow some people to make a lot more money on insurance, or save money at the expense of the care of others. It does little to actually providing health benefits to the public, though.

Posted by: demo kid on April 1, 2014 09:19 PM
8. "The only thing this would accomplish is breaking apart any state regulation of healthcare. This is the real underlying objective here, not a reduction of costs. And making an end-run around state law in favor of garbage healthcare plans from Delaware or Guam doesn't improve healthcare -- it just allows companies to get away with providing less and making greater profits"

That is significant accomplishment, but those who favor big government like yourself don't like them - no surprise. Your argument would be rendered a strawman once the Federal mandates are removed, which this would do.

"In terms of tort reform -- the likely second "important" reform -- it's pointless. Tort reform does little to nothing to make healthcare more affordable, and would eliminate one way that people with lifelong disabilities can receive support for their care. It is intended to kneecap trial lawyers (perceived Democratic donors), not to actually achieve public policy goals."

Debatable and a bonafide Democrat talking point - the party of trial lawyers would obviously want to shoot this down and should be kneecapped for the common good. Shown to provide a bit less cost savings than other measures. A vast majority of trial lawyers are Democrat party donors - are they not ?

For Health Savings Accounts -- the third pillar of Republican "reforms" -- I can agree with the concept of bringing transparency and some market controls to costs.

This was a big part of John McCain's health care plan in 2008, the best part of his campaign then and is a common sense reform.

You forgot a big one - making health insurance portable - doing away with COBRA coverage. That and pre-existing conditions are two of the biggest health care reforms that would be of the most benefit to the public.

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