Zach Galifianakis Hosts Obama on "Between Two Ferns" As Part of Obamacare Promotion
NEW YORK ( MainStreet) Young people of America, the Affordable Care Act needs you.
That's the message behind a major marketing campaign from the White House aimed at getting the young and healthy to enroll in insurance plans before 2014's March 31 deadline . Two weeks ago, President Barack Obama took a personal hand in selling his signature accomplishment by sitting down with Zach Galifianakis for a special edition of Funny or Die's "Between Two Ferns" video series.
The clip, released earlier today, is phenomenal.
"Oh yeah, I've heard about that," Galifianakis said, leaning back as President Obama begins his pitch on the Affordable Care Act. "That's the thing that doesn't work. Why would you get the guy who created the Zune to make your website ?"
Galifianakis and Obama spend several minutes trading shots with each other before getting down to the reason for the President's visit. It's an interview vaguely reminiscent of Stephen Colbert's legendary appearance at the White House Correspondents' Dinner with one exception. This time, everybody is in on the joke and the president gives more than as good as he gets.
"I have to ask, what is it like to be the last black president?" Galifianakis says shortly after asking about the powers of America's Ambassador Dennis Rodman in North Korea. "It must kind of stink though, you know, that you can't run three times."
"Actually I think it's a good idea," Obama replies. "You know, if I ran a third time it would sort of be like making a third 'Hangover' movie. Didn't really work out too well for you, did it?"
Our president, it seems, has comedy chops.
"Was that depressing to you," Obama asks early in the interview while discussing the tradition of pardoning the White House turkey, "seeing one turkey taken out of circulation? A turkey you couldn't eat?"
Eventually the two do get down to business, with Obama describing the advantages of Healthcare.gov and how (young) people can sign up online to get health insurance while Galifianakis sits back and rolls his eyes. ("Is this what they mean by drones?") Although he takes time out to continue sparring with his host, Obama makes sure to get his message across: sign up for health insurance already, people!
The Funny or Die appearance is just the latest in a long running campaign from a White House desperate to reach out to the young about Obamacare. As with all health insurance of any kind, the so-called young invincibles are key to making the law work since their premiums subsidize more expensive older and sick consumers. Other efforts have included last year's Adorable Care Act , a tumblr of cute animals urging people to get insured also geared towards reaching the Internet generation, as well Colorado's "Brosurance" campaign to sell insurance to the college crowd.