Obamacare Hiccup? Obama Makes Personal Sales Pitch To Boost Lagging Enrollment
It’s that time of the year again when the weather turns chilly, presents get wrapped … and former President Barack Obama makes his last-minute pitch for Americans to enroll in ObamaCare before the December deadline.
In a nearly 90-second video — which was posted on his Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts — Obama jokes that this year he is not using any gimmicks to get people to sign up on Healthcare.gov. The deadline for enrollment is Dec. 15.
“I think you’ve proven that you don’t need to see me taking jump shots or sitting between a couple of forest plants to know it’s important to have health insurance in case, God forbid, you get really sick or hurt yourself next year,” Obama says, referencing previous videos he made while in office, including one in 2014 where he was interviewed on comedian Zach Galifianakis’ “Between Two Ferns” show.
No jump shots. No ferns. No memes. Not this time. I’m going to give it to you straight: If you need health insurance for 2019, the deadline to get covered is December 15. Go to https://t.co/ob1Ynoesod today and pass this on — you just might save a life. pic.twitter.com/8mHMsXGY0g
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) 10 December 2018
But the clip then ends with a pair of sunglasses superimposed over Obama’s face and the background behind him shifting from a bedroom to a mountain scene featuring a rainbow.
“You’ve got a filter on me, don’t you?” Obama says.
The video has been viewed more than 2.6 million times on Facebook and retweeted more than 122,000 times on Twitter. While it amounts to a light-hearted appeal for people to sign up, the video also underscores this year’s lagging enrollment numbers at a time when the Republican-led Congress has worked to chip away at the controversial program.
The average number of people signing up daily for the health care program is down roughly 8 percent from the same time last year, according to figures released Thursday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.