Obama uses health law as laugh line

Published on May 6, 2014 at 2:38 AM · No Comments

President Barack Obama poked fun at the troubled launch of the health law's online insurance marketplaces during his speech at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner.

The New York Times: Comedian In Chief's New Punch Line: Obamacare
Five and a half years into President Obama's time in office, the jokes are getting a bit stale: Fox News is a "shadowy right-wing organization." The 47 percent "called Mitt Romney to apologize." The whole "Kenyan president" bit. Thank goodness for healthcare.gov. Mr. Obama started his annual remarks at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner Saturday night with the recognition that the rollout of his health care website could have gone better, admitting that "in 2008, my slogan was 'Yes, we can!' In 2013, my slogan was 'Control-Alt-Delete'" (Shear, 5/3).

The Wall Street Journal: Obama Cracks Jokes At White House Correspondents Dinner 
At the White House Correspondents Dinner on Saturday, President Barack Obama poked fun at the clumsy rollout of his health-care reform plan, relations with Congress and Vice President Joe Biden's presidential aspirations (Williamson, 5/3).

Politico: Obama Jokes 'Stellar 2013' At White House Correspondents' Dinner
Taking the stage, Obama deadpanned that while the launch of healthcare.gov "could've gone better," it was made into one of the year's biggest movies -- before showing a title screen for the film "Frozen." At the end of his 20-minute remarks to the crowd of 2,600 in the Hilton ballroom, Obama even brought out former Health and Human Service Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to "fix" a technical problem that he was supposedly having with a video the president pretended he wanted to play for those in attendance at the Hilton (McCalmont, 5/3).

Los Angeles Times: Obama Slings Jokes, Jabs At White House Correspondents' Dinner 
Joel McHale, who stars on NBC's "Community" and hosts "The Soup," followed Obama with his own roast of the president, 2016 hopefuls and gridlock in Washington. ... McHale's best jokes: ... On Obamacare: "Over 8 million people have signed up for Obamacare, which is impressive, until you realize that Ashley Tisdale has 12 million Twitter followers" (Rothberg, 5/4).


http://www.kaiserhealthnews.orgThis article was reprinted from kaiserhealthnews.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.

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