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CMA’s Turn Into Bigger National Embarrassment Than Usual As Millionaire Country ‘Stars’ Mock Obamacare (Video)

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.

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  • theonlysaneone

    This news is what happens when you nick pick at every little thing. Like the Republicans do to anything Obama. I saw nothing wrong with this skit. It was funny. I see no harm.

    • I_B_ME

      just as when we look at you we see no intelligence. I see no harm.

  • Oekoman

    I detest country music. They use 3 chords and sing the same lyrics their daddies sang 100 years ago and act like they have found something new. From a musical point of view country music is like the dregs…nothing new…nothing redeeming…nothing of value. It is the true scum of the music world. But hey a ton of people love it…the same people who are against abortion, against gays, against medical care for average Americans and so forth. Connecting the dots yet? These country music lovers are the same folks who have fallen prey to the right wing propaganda. Figures….the uneducated trailer trash believe in tea party goofism and love country music. Those things go hand in hand…all while claiming to be followers of Jesus! If it was not true you’d think this was all out of some Dali painting come to life!

    • Superman

      Totally agree with Oekoman….the are just pandering to their redneck, hilljack, dumbass constituency. Their political rants are just as unoriginal as their dumb
      music. Country music blows dead sea gulls and it always did but nowadays they rip off old rock tunes from 20 years ago and act like they are really, really doing something cool.

  • Seabug

    So, this is a defamation piece….
    Regardless what country music stars do as they jump on the bandwagon to making fun of the website problems, America knows that the law of the land is either ill-conceived or purposely harmful after proof surfaced that President Obama knew that fifteen million people would lose good health insurance because of it. There are some good things that could happen from this, but I think that people are thinking in the wrong direction.
    Insurance has always been a money making business. Requiring people to have insurance by law and then disqualifying ninety percent of plans makes the government money. We all know this. So, why not just give the people healthcare instead of insurance?
    In every county there is a health department and there is a national guard armory, which means national guard personnel. Why not require the field medics that the U.S. military forces have trained and pay to work in the health department weekly and create a free clinic? The health departments already get antibiotics, treat infectious diseases, do prenatal screenings, and do preventative health care on a daily basis (minus the weekends). It wouldn’t cost the average citizen very much in taxes versus the amount necessary to pay insurance premiums. Then those who like their current plans can go about life happy as can be. But those who can’t afford insurance would still have access to extremely affordable health care.
    I think, then, that almost all people could go along with it and be one step closer to seeing things eye to eye. Don’t you agree that it’s time for ideas and not punditry?

    • http://kellyjdrummer.wordpress.com kellyjdrummer
    • http://kellyjdrummer.wordpress.com kellyjdrummer

      I really want to explain it, but I just don’t see that it will help. You guys are just amazing.

  • Karen

    The CMA’S definitely lacked this year big time. I would have rather had Kid Rock host again, it would have been much more up beat and fun like it used to be. The only thing near country music was the tributes to George Jones and Kenny Rogers. I think it lacked luster as the same awards to the same people over and over for years at a time…those winners all act like they are bored with it all and need not put effort into it.

    • http://kellyjdrummer.wordpress.com kellyjdrummer

      My cable box won’t let me select whatever channel that show is on.

  • [email protected]

    if you don’t like it change the channel! Don’t watch. I dont like CNN or MSNBC so I don’t watch it, I don’t say you need to change how you present the news, I just change the channel. why do the libs want to change everything to their way of thinking?

    • http://kellyjdrummer.wordpress.com kellyjdrummer

      These two people, whom by no means are going to elect to use ACA, got on a stage with every camera and microphone in America pointed at them, celebrating music (not great music either) and the “artists” who perform it, considered that it would be a great joke to berate a plan put forth that is intended to bring all US citizens to the table of affordable insurance coverage.

      In so doing, they engage all of the people in the room that are also not in need of changing whatever plans and coverage they have, and they all laugh and chortle at this cute little skit. “Aren’t we all just a hoot. We’re so funny.”

      Now, also consider that there are many in the audience, staring at their tvs all across the nation whom are not at this “ceremony,” taking this point of view, foisted upon them, in hand and now berating the ACA plan because two hicks on a stage think it’s funny to suggest to them that this plan is a sham, but yet, those people whom are staring at their tvs hope to some day afford health care, but can’t and fear leaving their house at the ages between 50 and 70 for fear of falling and breaking a hip. Especially the women, because the facts are, more older women than men suffer broken hips resulting in death due to infection. Look it up. It’s a fact.

      So, now we have two idiots on stage, performing a great service, that being imposing their skewed and uninformed reasoning onto a group of viewers whom idolize them, whom will not question such reasoning because they (Brad and Carrie) are idolized without being challenged, but these viewers have no health insurance coverage, and now that they heard it from two horses mouths, will probably now walk even further away from coverage because Brad and Carrie said it’s ridiculous, but this is funny. Really? I would never, ever allow those two to represent me or my company in any manner what so ever.

      Yeah, Jim, tell me why this is funny again. I think I missed the punch line the first time through.

      • https://www.facebook.com/matt.smallwood1 Matt Smallwood

        Agreed, Kelly. ACA doesn’t affect Paisley and Underwood. They’re millionaires who can get any health insurance they choose. Not such a laughing matter for people who walk away from it because they believe these two. No one ever accused entertainers of being responsible though. Yeah, this is a disservice from the country music community…..plain and simple. And let’s not kid ourselves, there are a lot of poor rural Americans out there that could use some health care.

    • bigskyliberalguy

      Libs want to change everything to their way of thinking? LOFuckingL. That’s the very definition of the current GOP.

      • Carrie

        Well, if they keep the crap up at the CMA’s, they are going to lose money because a lot of people just stopped buying their records!!!

    • Trina W

      “Change the channel. …libs want to change everything to their way of thinking” Can you say Dixie Chicks? The Tea Bagging, Right Wing, Republican element went crazy when the DC’s said something they disagreed with. So Yes, I”d like to see these two put out of business for disrespecting the country by their mocking of the ACA.

    • https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000907279043 John Baker

      Because your way of thinking is destroying this country.

  • BabyTG.

    I personally think you Americans are messed Obama is bad for that country and u don’t see it at all I’ll stay. Canadian redneck in love with country music and will still listen to both beautiful singers while I enjoy my free health care y’all need lives.

    • http://gravatar.com/pauleky pauleky

      I rarely feed the trolls, but why are you criticizing Obama for attempting to get what Canada has? Makes no sense. Oh, that’s right – he’s black. Never mind…

    • https://www.facebook.com/j.walker.bryson Jeffrey Bryson

      A Canadian redneck with government health insurance, at that.

  • scramopolis

    Just a reminder of why real country artists have been telling the formulaic recording industry to shove it since Waylon first put on his black hat.

  • https://www.facebook.com/david.starkey.351 David Starkey

    I keep flashing to that scene in the Blues Brothers movie:
    “What kind of music do you have here, maam?”
    “Oh we have BOTH kinds, Country AND Western”

  • https://www.facebook.com/clay.lahatte Clay LaHatte

    Country music is a national embarrassment.

  • BillB

    Their ignorance defines them and their fans.

  • joebbz2

    too bad, their fan base needs health care, affordable health care . Legitimate health care, education too.

  • https://www.facebook.com/jopin.klobe Jopin Klobe

    “PAISLEY: I’m gonna wind up with hemorrhoids.” – You already have them onyour brain and vocal chords, you hic (head in cement).

    • Seabug

      So, I think you’re saying that you don’t agree with the parody song…..

      When we stoop to name calling and hate-filled speech we become the bratty kids at the table. Be known for standing for your ideals, not for joining the hate parade.

  • rhonda

    It really doesn’t matter because the only people who watch the CMA’s vote Republican. It is The Big Fat Red-Neck Event Of The Year! What do you expect? They were just playing to their base.

    • http://yahoo.com Mardel RIck

      they are just like the rich in the corporation world. Numb to the plight of the poor and sick

      • Seabug

        Political points aside for a second. Did you know that country music stars as a whole give more to charity and participate in charitable causes than almost any other (non-religious) group?
        It’s okay to not like them, but don’t just start spouting hate. It takes away from your point (unless your point is to show that you are a hate-filled closed-minded individual.) Instead make your stand on ideas.

  • http://gravatar.com/luv2hugtreez luv2hugtreez

    And, does this bimbo realize that ‘obamacare’ is NOT insurance. ‘Do you have that Obamacare?’…Good God.

  • sharonsj

    It ironic because their fans have no health care (and no teeth).

  • W.G.

    The CMA reflected the last GOP Conventioned right down to the one Token Negro .
    Corny and Boring .

  • Kevin McCoy

    I’ll bet you guys just love Saturday Night Live though, don’t you?
    What comes around goes around. It’s just a joke right?

    • http://kellyjdrummer.wordpress.com kellyjdrummer

      Troll much?

  • http://facebook Glenna Stewart

    I found the song/skit performed on the CMA’s surprising. I did not take offense because I did not view it as an attack on the law, or Obama, but rather on the fact that there have been numerous problems implementing the Affordable Care Act (aka Obama Care) online.
    On news/panel shows last weekend, several politicians (on both sides of the aisle) called for a take-down of the online program in order to solve some of the issues confounding and delaying the application/enrollment process. There have been jokes and satire offered on late night shows, as well.
    I think the law was/is necessary and will stand as one of the hallmarks of Obama’s presidency, but I don’t think I should be considered non-supportive of the law because I am critical of the problems surrounding its implementation and the politicians responsible for the debacle.
    I find your criticism of the performers to be an over-reaction. If you are an Obama supporter, and a supporter of the Affordable Care Act, you do not need to engage in such vitriol. In fact, you have sunk to the same level, making you appear to be a “one brain cell” individual.
    That’s my opinion.

    • http://www.facebook.com/evilliberalagenda John Prager

      What makes you think I am an “Obama Supporter”?

      • http://kellyjdrummer.wordpress.com kellyjdrummer

        John, no one really cares.

        • http://gravatar.com/threenotch threenotch

          And THAT is the problem Kelly

          • http://kellyjdrummer.wordpress.com kellyjdrummer

            Exactly.

  • Nick Rabalais

    Country music is rap for white folks. It’s equally insipid (as rap), paint by numbers, formulaic dogshit for folks who think idol and the voice are talent factories and who’ve never had an original thought in their entire life. The fact that these forms of “music” have the following they do speaks volumes about the collective “intellect” of Murka.

  • Dan LeMieux

    I knew there was a valid reason why I don’t like country music , teabagger cw stars .

    • gerald

      Zero People of TENN

  • http://gravatar.com/bluelinetruth bluelinetruth

    Redneck posers being redneck posers.

  • Linann

    This is why I had to miss Modern Family?

  • http://gravatar.com/31forever 31forever

    Nope. This one I can’t let you get away with.

    Unless you intend to take umbrage with Saturday Night Live, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Bill Maher, and those of us on the left who have also mocked the rollout, then all this ends up being is simply naked hypocrisy.

    It hasn’t been the “disaster” that Republicans in Congress have been trying to inflate it into being, but there have been plenty of people on both sides of the ideological spectrum – as well as the middle of it, who have mocked the opening.

    What you’re doing is unfair, and should be retracted.

    • https://www.facebook.com/rachel.hogan.14418 Rachel Hogan

      Thank you! The lack of common sense on this post is astounding.

      • http://kellyjdrummer.wordpress.com kellyjdrummer

        These two people, whom by no means are going to elect to use ACA, got on a stage with every camera and microphone in America pointed at them, celebrating music (not great music either) and the “artists” who perform it, considered that it would be a great joke to berate a plan put forth that is intended to bring all US citizens to the table of affordable insurance coverage.

        In so doing, they engage all of the people in the room that are also not in need of changing whatever plans and coverage they have, and they all laugh and chortle at this cute little skit. “Aren’t we all just a hoot. We’re so funny.”

        Now, also consider that there are many in the audience, staring at their tvs all across the nation whom are not at this “ceremony,” taking this point of view, foisted upon them, in hand and now berating the ACA plan because two hicks on a stage think it’s funny to suggest to them that this plan is a sham, but yet, those people whom are staring at their tvs hope to some day afford health care, but can’t and fear leaving their house at the ages between 50 and 70 for fear of falling and breaking a hip. Especially the women, because the facts are, more older women than men suffer broken hips resulting in death due to infection. Look it up. It’s a fact.

        So, now we have two idiots on stage, performing a great service, that being imposing their skewed and uninformed reasoning onto a group of viewers whom idolize them, whom will not question such reasoning because they (Brad and Carrie) are idolized without being challenged, but these viewers have no health insurance coverage, and now that they heard it from two horses mouths, will probably now walk even further away from coverage because Brad and Carrie said it’s ridiculous, but this is funny. Really? I would never, ever allow those two to represent me or my company in any manner what so ever.

        Yeah, Rachel, tell me why this is funny again. I think I missed the punch line the first time through.

    • http://www.facebook.com/evilliberalagenda John Prager

      There is a big difference between mocking the web site rollout, which we have all done (it was a disaster!), and pretending that “Obamacare” IS the web site and mocking the law itself. It was a willful deception that those two practiced on an audience that already has trouble remembering to breathe.

      • http://gravatar.com/31forever 31forever

        That is a valid point, John, and well taken.

        But what they are actually doing is conflating Obamacare AS the website, rather than a portal to take you through to individual states and/or providers.

        While they may be oversimplifying, the fact that she sat down with a laptop clearly points to the fact that they intend to make fun of the website.

        Sorry, again, but you’re engaging in false equivalence. IF it’s okay to do when it’s comedians on the left, then it’s okay when the comedy comes from the (supposed – does anyone actually know these folks political persuasion?) right.

  • http://Www.prosportsart.com Josh

    Sad fact is the country folks seemed to love it by all the cheering and smiles.

  • ts

    Two people with solid gold health plans, who don’ t need obamacare, pretending to sign up for a program designed to help people who cannot afford what these “stars” have. sick.
    Kudos to the producers for writing a skit, with props and clever banter and a song, into their idiotic fundamentalist redneck rally.

  • Kevan Scott

    Paisley and Underwood join my personal list of those “stars” whom I won’t watch, listen to, or support in any way ever again. Nor will I bother to watch the CMA’s again either, not that I’ve done that in a while anyway because this type of political crap happens way too often on there and is ALWAYS directed at the left. F*** You Paisley, Underwood and CMA’s ! Your stupidity has grwn tired and yes, I’m offended, mostly for the millions who have no health care and can get it thru Obamacare. If that’s somehow Socialism then I’m a Socialist and damn proud of it!

  • Shan

    Can they just stick to making songs? idiots…why did they have to make the CMA’s political?? just when I was beginning to really like country music.

  • Trip

    There is a typo in the headline! Says County instead of Country! :D

    • http://www.facebook.com/evilliberalagenda John Prager

      happened in editing. Fixed :)

      • Nathan

        Still spelled wrong, there shouldn’t be an o.

        • http://www.facebook.com/evilliberalagenda John Prager

          Agreed. Unfortunately, I have to watch my language SOMEWHAT :)

  • http://kellyjdrummer.wordpress.com kellyjdrummer

    Furthering the stereotype of country artists as well as bimbo blondes one step at a time.

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