Who would have ever thought that President Obama would appear on “Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis” on the Funny or Die website. See the video here. Obama was there to pitch, what else, Obamacare. To do so, he had to answer the following questions painfully posed by Galifianakis:
“What should be done about North Ikea?”
Obama was not without his own jabs. My favorite: “When I heard that people actually watch this show, I was pretty surprised.”
As I have written previously, getting the young and healthy to sign up Obama’s health care plan is critical to its success. Thus, that the Obama administration was willing to sit for such an edgy comedy series should come as no surprise. According to White House spokesman Jay Carney, “Very quickly, this video went, you know, viral,” gaining over 3 million views.
Interestingly, Rueters has reported that recently released government data shows that while the number of people enrolled in private insurance under Obamacare reached 4.2 million, the proportion of adults aged 18-34 remaines unchanged from January at 25 percent of total enrollment in private Obamacare plans. Time will tell whether Obama’s viral video will help change this.