President Barack Obama thinks he’s done a fantastic job explaining Obamacare, but the season premier of Saturday Night Live revealed just how flawed the law really is — and how confused and unhappy Americans actually are.
Speaking at Prince George’s Community College in Maryland in the SNL cold open, fake President Obama — played by Jay Pharoah — pushed back against criticism that he hasn’t explained his signature healthcare law well enough. In response, he lets ordinary Americans tell how Obamacare is going to make their lives ‘better.’
But instead, their stories reveal that the Commander-in-Chief really hasn’t done a great job a explaining Obamacare and people aren’t as thrilled about the healthcare law as he thought.
“Now that I’ve got free healthcare, I can get sick all the time,” Aidy Bryant, playing a sales clerk, explains. “Free medicine, y’all!”
“Wow, I am so relieved that my dumb, lazy, good-for-nothing son has full health coverage,” Bobby Moynihan says sarcastically, playing the father of a kid under the age of 26.
The President can’t believe that everyone he brings up either doesn’t understand Obamacare or doesn’t like it.
“People, it’s not even in effect yet,” fake Obama exclaims. “There’s no way you could already have so many complaints!”
Even a healthcare professional and a man with a friend who turned to selling drugs to pay his health bills — hint: surprise cameo from an award-winning show — don’t help Obama make his case for the Affordable Care Act.
Guess your strategy backfired, Mr. President. Even SNL knows Obamacare is a mess.
Watch the cold open below. Careful: NSFW.