Millionaire Country music stars Carrie Underwood (Jesus Take the Wheel) and Brad Paisley (What a Friend We Have in Jesus) joined their vapid fans at the Country Music Awards. The cohosts, ignoring that Obamacare is a health care law rather than a web site, spent their time engaging in a right wing propaganda campaign that would make Ted Cruz proud.
Using the one brain cell they share, the two launched into what, to the audience, probably seemed like a series of clever jokes about the Healthcare.gov web site. Claiming that, STILL, only about six people have signed up in an attempt to make the health care law seem unpopular, the two shamelessly pushed the idea that the law is a failure.
To the rest of us, though, the two presented a national embarrassment. At least we can take solace in the fact that they were able to remember most of their lines.
UNDERWOOD: Hey, do you have that ObamaCare?
PAISLEY: ObamaCare? What’s that?
UNDERWOOD: Oh, it’s great. It’s great.
PAISLEY: What is it?
UNDERWOOD: I started signing up last Thursday and I’m almost done. Let’s go to the website and get you signed up.
PAISLEY: Oh, okay.
UNDERWOOD: Let’s see here. Let’s see. This can’t be too hard, right?
PAISLEY: Why is it spinning?
UNDERWOOD: Oh, it does that.
PAISLEY: Okay, but why’s it smoking?
UNDERWOOD: Oh, I don’t, maybe we should restart it?
BOTH: ObamaCare by morning why is this takin’ so long?
PAISLEY: I’m gonna wind up with hemorrhoids.
BOTH: If I sit here till dawn. We’ll have cataracts and dementia. Oh this is gettin’ on my last nerve. ObamaCare by morning, over six people served.
Why care about this when Saturday Night Live, The Daily Show, Colbert, and others joke about it? Context.
There is a gigantic difference between mocking the rollout of the web site (which was a huge flop) and mocking the law itself, which has and will do a lot of good for a lot of people. Please note that the story is very different in states that have their own exchanges. In fact, had more states set up their own exchanges, healthcare.gov would not be as big of an issue. What Paisley and Underwood have done is reduced the law to a poorly designed and executed web site rollout, and used the misconception that they have chosen to perpetuate in mocking the law itself.