HealthCare.gov's No. 1 Traffic Source: Funny or Die
Obama's appearance on 'Between Two Ferns' has effect
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 12, 2014 1:01 AM CDT
President Obama is seen with actor-comedian Zach Galifianakis during an appearance on "Between Two Ferns."   (AP Photo/Funny Or Die)

(Newser) – President Obama's appearance on online comedy show "Between Two Ferns" appears to have paid off: The Funny or Die website that hosts Zach Galifianakis' show is now the leading driver of traffic to HealthCare.gov, reports the Washington Post. A White House health care spokesperson says traffic surged after the show, with some 32,000 referrals from the comedy site as of yesterday evening.

Obama made it clear to the host that he only agreed to the mock interview to boost enrollment. "I wouldn’t be with you here today if I didn’t have something to plug," he said. "Have you heard of the Affordable Care Act?" His appearance on the show is part of the administration's push to get a lot more young people to sign up for ObamaCare ahead of the rapidly approaching March 31 deadline, notes the Huffington Post. (The goal is 6 million; 4.2 million had enrolled by the end of last month.)

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K.KRANK
Mar 12, 2014 10:39 PM CDT
Brilliant PR move. I found the 'interview' quite entertaining. "Between Two Ferns"? ?? Obama has a comedy future post-presidency as a decent straight-man ??
BCS
Mar 12, 2014 1:41 PM CDT
"Live funny or die" is not funny, it's depressing. It's nothing more than an agenda driven group of neo-dem political actors, who are rich and live on easy street. Admittedly, they're funny in their movies, but being amusing, and recognizable, doesn't qualify you as a political policy strategist. Not to mention that the creators of this website are millionaires, who can afford to choose which Cadillac health plan, they want for themselves and their families. Moral of the story: Don't push the ACA unless you're willing to accept it as your own healthcare coverage.
Roadcrew
Mar 12, 2014 12:54 PM CDT
We're not laughing WITH you mr.Obama, we're laughing AT you.