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President Obama Talks ‘Scandal’ and ‘House of Cards’


– WHILE I HAVE YOU,
I THINK IT’S ONLY FAIR WE SHOULD TALK ABOUT
OBAMACARE, AND THAT RHYMED. – WELL, YOU KNOW, WE’VE GOT
ABOUT TWO WEEKS LEFT TILL MARCH 31ST
FOR PEOPLE TO SIGN UP. IF YOU DON’T HAVE
HEALTH INSURANCE RIGHT NOW, YOU SHOULD GO ON HEALTHCARE.GOV, AND ESPECIALLY ALL THE MOMS
OUT THERE WHO MAY HAVE YOUNG PEOPLE–
26, 27– DON’T HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE BUT THEY THINK
THEY’RE INVINCIBLE AND NOTHING’S EVER GONNA HAPPEN
TO ‘EM. YOU KNOW, WHAT WE’VE SAID IS, YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT LIFE
IS GONNA THROW AT YOU. YOU CAN AT THIS POINT
GET HEALTH INSURANCE FOR $100 A MONTH OR LESS. IN SOME CASES, LESS THAN
YOUR CELL PHONE BILL OR YOUR CABLE BILL, AND IT GIVES YOU SOME
FINANCIAL SECURITY. IT GIVES MOMS
SOME MENTAL SECURITY THAT THEIR KIDS ARE GONNA HAVE
DECENT CARE, AND, YOU KNOW, PARTICULARLY
AT THIS MOMENT WHEN A LOT OF YOUNG PEOPLE
AS THEY COME OUT AND THEY’RE GETTING THEIR FIRST
OR SECOND JOBS, THEY DON’T NECESSARILY
GET A BENEFIT ON THE JOB. NOW’S THE TIME
TO TAKE A LOOK AT IT. BUT THE WEBSITE IS NOW WORKING. HEALTHCARE.GOV ACTUALLY WORKS
THE WAY IT’S SUPPOSED TO, AND I HOPE THAT PEOPLE
TAKE ADVANTAGE, BECAUSE IF YOU DON’T SIGN UP
BEFORE MARCH 31ST, THEN YOU WON’T BE ABLE
TO SIGN UP AGAIN UNTIL NOVEMBER. AND I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERYBODY HAS
THIS OPPORTUNITY NOW. – IT’S DOING VERY, VERY WELL. I THINK IT’S SURPRISED– IT HAD A ROUGH START, BUT YOU’VE GOT 5 MILLION PEOPLE
THAT HAVE SIGNED UP SO FAR, WHICH IS AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT
OF PEOPLE THAT HAVE SIGNED UP, SO IT’S SUCCESSFUL. AND WHY IS THERE A DEADLINE? WHY IS THERE NOT JUST
AN OPEN-ENDED– BECAUSE I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT FOR EVERYONE TO HAVE
HEALTH CARE, AND A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK,
“OH, I’LL BE FINE,” AND LIKE YOU SAID, YOU NEVER
KNOW WHAT’S GONNA HAPPEN. – WELL, ANYBODY WHO’S GOTTEN
HEALTH INSURANCE ON THE JOB, YOU KNOW, YOU HAVE THIS THING CALLED
AN OPEN ENROLLMENT PERIOD. BASICALLY THE INSURERS, THEY’RE PRICING FOR A YEAR, AND THEN THEY NEED TO FIGURE OUT HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE SIGNED UP, WHAT THE RISK POOL LOOKS LIKE, HOW MANY ELDERLY PEOPLE ARE– HOW MANY HEALTHY PEOPLE, HOW MANY YOUNG PEOPLE. AND THAT’S HOW THEY SET PRICES
FOR THE FOLLOWING YEAR, SO THEY HAVE TO CLOSE
THE OPEN ENROLLMENT PERIOD AT THE END OF MARCH 31ST. THEY’LL START BACK UP
SO YOU CAN SIGN BACK UP IN 2015 IN NOVEMBER, BUT IF YOU DON’T HAVE
HEALTH INSURANCE RIGHT NOW, NOW’S THE TIME TO CHECK IT OUT. AND AS I SAID, YOU KNOW, PEOPLE
WILL BE PLEASANTLY SURPRISED. I’VE GOT A LOT OF FOLKS
WHO WRITE ME LETTERS SAYING, “I DIDN’T VOTE FOR YOU, “AND I’M PRETTY SKEPTICAL
ABOUT OBAMACARE, “AND I HEARD ABOUT ALL
THE PROBLEMS ON THE WEBSITE, “BUT WHEN I ACTUALLY SIGNED UP, IT TURNS OUT THAT I’M SAVING
100 BUCKS, 200 BUCKS,” OR “I’M GETTING HEALTH INSURANCE
FOR THE FIRST TIME.” AND SO ALL I’M ENCOURAGING
EVERYBODY TO DO IS TO TAKE A LOOK AND SEE
WHAT OPTIONS ARE RIGHT FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY, AND MOMS OUT THERE,
EMAIL YOUR KIDS IF THEY DON’T HAVE
HEALTH INSURANCE AND TELL ‘EM TO AT LEAST
CHECK IT OUT, BECAUSE THEY MAY BE
PLEASANTLY SURPRISED THAT IT’S MUCH MORE AFFORDABLE
THAN PEOPLE THOUGHT. – PEOPLE WERE STARTING
TO APPLAUD HERE. I THINK EVERYONE’S VERY GRATEFUL
THAT YOU DID THIS, AND I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT
FOR PEOPLE TO SIGN UP AND TO–IT’S JUST BETTER
TO BE COVERED. YOU JUST NEVER KNOW. AND BEFORE WE GO, FIRST OF ALL, I APPRECIATE YOUR TIME, AND I KNOW YOU’RE BUSY, AND IT’S THE END OF THE DAY AND YOU’VE GOT TO WALK THE DOGS
AND DO THE LAUNDRY, BUT BEFORE WE GO, I HAVE– DO YOU WATCH “HOUSE OF CARDS”? DO YOU WATCH “SCANDAL”? WHAT ARE YOU THOUGHTS
ON THOSE SHOWS? – YOU KNOW, I WATCH
“HOUSE OF CARDS.” I HAVEN’T SEEN “SCANDAL” YET, BUT MICHELLE HAS WATCHED
“SCANDAL.” I HAVE TO TELL YOU,
LIFE IN WASHINGTON IS A LITTLE MORE BORING
THAN DISPLAYED ON THE SCREEN. – I HOPE SO. – YEAH, YEAH. YOU KNOW, THE TRUTH
OF THE MATTER IS, MOST– IF YOU FOLLOWED ME,
MOST OF MY DAY IS SITTING IN A ROOM, LISTENING TO A BUNCH
OF FOLKS IN GRAY SUITS TALKING ABOUT A WHOLE BUNCH
OF STUFF THAT WOULDN’T MAKE
VERY GOOD TELEVISION. – OH. WELL, THAT’S WHAT I DO, AND WE MAKE GREAT TELEVISION. THAT’S WHAT– [laughter] – I HAVE TO TELL YOU,
THOUGH, ELLEN, THERE IS NOT MUCH DANCING
IN THE SITUATION ROOM, AS A GENERAL RULE. – THAT’S WHAT’S MISSING.
THAT’S WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO. – THAT’S THE PROBLEM. – ALL RIGHT, WHAT ABOUT
THAT LET’S MOVE CAMPAIGN? MAKE PEOPLE DANCE IN THERE. – [laughs] – ALL RIGHT, LISTEN,
THANK YOU SO MUCH. YOU SHOULD WATCH “SCANDAL.”
IT’S REALLY, REALLY GOOD. AND I’M GLAD TO HEAR– – THAT’S WHAT MICHELLE
TELLS ME. – IT IS.
IT’S GREAT. AND I’M GONNA CALL MICHELLE
AND GIVE HER A GOOD REPORT. I’LL TELL HER YOU’RE DOING OKAY. YOU CAN GO TO OUR WEBSITE
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OBAMACARE. REMEMBER THAT MARCH 31ST
IS THE DEADLINE TO ENROLL, AND WE’LL BE BACK. MR. PRESIDENT,
THANK YOU SO MUCH. ALWAYS GOOD TALKING TO YOU. – GREAT TO TALK TO YOU AGAIN.
THANKS, ELLEN. [cheers and applause]

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