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

(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.)

President Obama is seen with actor-comedian Zach Galifianakis during an appearance on Between Two Ferns.
President Obama is seen with actor-comedian Zach Galifianakis during an appearance on "Between Two Ferns."   (AP Photo/Funny Or Die)
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