ABC News’ Jon Karl asked during a White House press briefing this week whether the Obama administration honestly believes Americans want to sign up for health insurance coverage because “Barack Obreezy” said they should.
Karl’s question was made in reference to a rash of recent Obamacare ads aimed at younger consumers including the much-ridiculed “brosurance” ad campaign and a recent parody rap video starring “B-Rock Obeezy.”
“What do you make of some of these efforts by Obamacare supporters to reach out?” Karl asked, adding “I mean, some of them — the upside-down keg stands and whatnot. I mean, is anybody going to buy health care because Barack Obreezy tells them to buy it because it’s hot?”
“I think that, having not designed advertising campaigns myself, I’m not an expert,” Carney said, “but I think that people — there are efforts underway to reach potential consumers where they live, if you will, and to get them to be aware of the options available to them and the wisdom of getting covered, of having health insurance. And I think that’s what all these efforts are about.”
The White House Press Secretary added: “(W)e still have extraordinary levels of interest demonstrated by the number of visits to the website itself. And that continues. We continue to see I think something like half a million over the weekend of visitors to healthcare.gov. So the demand is there, and it’s our responsibility to make sure that the system works so the demand can be met.”
Here’s the exchange:
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