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Obamacare News Roundup: Inappropriate Tweets, Al Sharpton, Speechless Sebelius, and…Phone Sex Hotlines?

Here’s a roundup of the most ridiculous recent Obamacare news stories…

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Obamacare News Roundup: Inappropriate Tweets, Al Sharpton, Speechless Sebelius, and…Phone Sex Hotlines?



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The Obamacare “deadline” was yesterday – and I use the term “deadline” loosely, because pretty much anyone can get a hardship exemption now.

That didn’t stop the administration and supporters from trying to scare talk people into enrolling by 11:59 last night.

In fact, did you know the White House has an “Entertainment Advisory Council”? It is chaired by producer-manager Eric Ortner, songwriter Bruce Roberts and actor Kal Penn, and its goal is to get the attention of young, healthy Americans to get them to enroll in Ocare. Ortner
told Variety.com about the council’s plan to boost enrollments:

“We weren’t lying when we said we had a plan. We said that it was all about March and the final weeks before the deadline.”

He said that their strategy is tapping into pop culture was to “use both a scalpel and a spear,” drawing on the broad reach of entertainment, but also micro-targeting the messaging to reach specific constituencies. But the nature of the messaging also changed from last fall to this month.

“It matured from an awareness campaign to ‘Here are the specifics. Here’s why you need this,’” he said. Celebrity surrogates were also told to create their own messaging, rather than rely on the script, in an effort to try to be “authentic.” The idea was to establish a level of trust about information being delivered.

Celebrities have been promoting Obamacare for awhile, but some of the last-minute Tweets were a bit eye-opening, like this one from Kal Penn:

“If you like your gonorrhea, you can keep your gonorrhea! Or get health insurance. Or live with gonorrhea. #getcovered. healthcare.gov.”

The Missouri branch of Organizing for Action, a group established to promote President Obama’s social agenda, sent out this tweet:

That Tweet was deleted. Hmm.

Yesterday Al Sharpton posted a nice little rant in what appears to have been a last-minute effort to pimp Obamacare. He went on and on about how the Republicans (and some Democrats) need to stop whining about the ACA and accept it because, hey, it is the “law of the land”. The best part of Sharpton’s diatribe is probably the last two lines:

So instead of criticizing and trying to repeal something that isn’t going away, perhaps Republicans need to just get on board for the benefit of this country’s citizens.

And maybe, just maybe, they will realize that hating the President isn’t a viable health care plan.

As usual, ridiculous talk from the good reverend.

Next up: Kathleen Sebelius. She was interviewed on News9.com yesterday, and when she was told that 64% of Oklahoma residents do not approve of Obamacare, her reaction was priceless:

Oh, Kathleen. How do you still have a job?

But this last piece of news might win the prize for the most ridiculous Obamacare-related story of the day.

Mediaite reports:

California’s Affordable Care Act healthcare exchange website has admitted that it inadvertently directed hearing-impaired users to a sex chat hotline. A typo on CoveredCA.com sent people to a service that bills itself as “America’s hottest talk line.”

When you call the former number, this is what you hear:

“Welcome to America’s hottest talk line. Ladies, to talk to interesting and exciting guys free, press one now. Guys, hot ladies are waiting to talk to you. Press two to connect free now.”

CBS Sacramento reached out to a Covered California spokesperson, who first denied that the incorrect number ever appeared on the site. When presented with the screenshot, the representative said, “After investigating it further, we are reviewing the shop and compare tool as an incorrect number. We’re currently working to correct the problem.” It was fixed as of Monday evening, the last day of open enrollment.

Oops.

Here’s the news report:

HealthCare.gov crashed for a few hours yesterday and the enrollment phone lines were jammed, but the Obama administration claims to have passed its goal of 7 million “newly insured” Americans. How many of those who signed up have actually paid their premiums is not known, though, and the number of “young invincibles” who purchased insurance has not been determined yet.

Enrollment might have “ended” yesterday, but surely these absurd Obamacare tales will continue for the indefinite future.

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Lily Dane is a staff writer for The Daily Sheeple. Her goal is to help people to “Wake the Flock Up!”

Lily Dane is a staff writer for The Daily Sheeple. Her goal is to help people to "Wake the Flock Up!"

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