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You must be joking: IL partners with The Onion to push Obamacare
Watchdog.org ^ | 2-11-14 | Benjamin Yount

Posted on 02/11/2014 12:29:06 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois is turning it’s Obamacare sales pitch into a joke.

To get more people to sign up for health care, the state is bragging it will spend $150,000 on ads for the satirical news site The Onion.

“We know that to effectively reach Young Invincibles – who are 53 percent of our uninsured residents in Illinois – we have to work with non-traditional, and especially digital, sources for news and entertainment. That’s where The Onion fits right into our outreach strategy,” Jennifer Koehler, executive director of Get Covered Illinois said in a news release.

Neither Koehler nor anyone at Get Covered Illinois responded to Illinois Watchdog’s request for an interview.

Koehler’s statement said the partnership will focus on fake headlines and fake news stories about someone forced to sell their action figures to pay medical bills.

But on a site already filled with fake stories about non-committal cult members and lamenting rhinoceroses, state Sen. Dave Syverson, R-Rockford, worries Illinois’ funny ads won’t land.

“You always have to be careful when you’re advertising on the Onion,” Syverson told Illinois Watchdog. “Because readers don’t always know if that’s a joke ad or a legitimate ad.”

Syverson said it’s clear the ad agency doesn’t understand Obamacare.

“Consumers aren’t stupid,” Syverson said. “The reason Obamacare is not having success is because the coverage is very poor, the benefits are very poor and the cost is very expensive.”

Illinois’ last round of Obamacare enrollment numbers showed just 61,000 people selected an insurance plan, and it’s unclear on how many actually bought a plan.

Syverson said few of those people are the “uninsured” Obamacare was supposed to help.

“Between 70 percent and 75 percent of those who have been enrolled since this program began in October were people that were previously covered,” Syverson explained. “People who were on (Illinois’ state based high risk insurance) or people who had private health policies, that now that the federal government is offering a subsidy, they just switched.”

Illinois has added almost 150,000 people to Medicaid, because of Obamacare.

But the state hasn’t added enough young and healthy people to pay for the older and sicker people already enrolled.

“Get Covered Illinois understands their target demographic and is taking a creative approach to tailor a message to that audience that goes beyond traditional marketing,” Mike McAvoy, President of Onion Inc., said in the state’s news release.

Illinois has been using $30 million from the federal government to do anything it can to sell Obamacare. Remember the Day of the Dead sales pitch?

The new Onion ads will start soon and ramp up as the March 31 deadline for coverage draws closer.

You can contact Benjamin Yount at Ben@IllinoisWatchdog.org and find him on Twitter @BenYount.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: abortion; aca; deathpanels; fail; folly; joke; obama; obamacare; obamalies; theonion; zerocare

THE NEW FACE OF OBAMACARE: Illinois using an action figure to push health care.

1 posted on 02/11/2014 12:29:06 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

This is NOT satire. It’s true.


2 posted on 02/11/2014 12:29:28 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

:: “Consumers aren’t stupid,” Syverson said. ::

Is this Syverson person a Dhimmicrat? Seems that way...


3 posted on 02/11/2014 12:33:36 PM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations: The acronym defines the science.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
“We know that to effectively reach Young Imbeciles...
4 posted on 02/11/2014 12:33:38 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (The only way women can "have it all" is if men aren't allowed to have anything.)
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5 posted on 02/11/2014 12:33:49 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: nascarnation

Illinois..where the politicians make your license plates. The only state with term limits. One term in office...one term in prison.. Go Illini!


6 posted on 02/11/2014 12:37:02 PM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: afraidfortherepublic

And he had to sell his onesie pajamas.


7 posted on 02/11/2014 12:39:05 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Is this from The Onion?


8 posted on 02/11/2014 12:43:05 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

“Mad Men” next?


9 posted on 02/11/2014 12:56:45 PM PST by SIRTRIS
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To: afraidfortherepublic

This thread had to remind me of this most hilarious piece I read in theonion years ago.

http://www.theonion.com/articles/investigators-blame-stupidity-in-area-death,1334/


10 posted on 02/11/2014 1:46:01 PM PST by bakeneko
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To: afraidfortherepublic

The Onion welcomes the free content generated by the Obamacare department.


11 posted on 02/11/2014 2:13:59 PM PST by tbw2
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To: F15Eagle

No, this is from Watchdog.org — Illinois.


12 posted on 02/11/2014 4:41:19 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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Ok, I'm sorry, but I just have to say this.

The ObeyMeCare folks keep using the phrase "get covered." It's everywhere. Get Covered, California! Get Covered, Illinois! Tell everyone you know to Get Covered! For the life of me, all that keeps popping to mind is animals mating. You know, a stallion "covers" a mare. A male dog "covers" a bitch. Am I just weird? Probably. But on the heels of that pops the next logical thought: we're ALL screwed.

13 posted on 02/11/2014 4:45:21 PM PST by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Yeah, I know - it was a joke within the joke.


14 posted on 02/11/2014 5:03:21 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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15 posted on 02/11/2014 5:24:43 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

;)


16 posted on 02/11/2014 5:34:48 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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