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Fri October 4, 2013
Comedians: The Great Communicators For Obamacare
It's day four--not just of a partial government shutdown--of healthcare exchanges across America. And many of you have been emailing your objections to how we have been characterizing Obamacare. We've said that the process is confusing. We've said that the Obama administration has done a less than stellar job of explaining how Obamacare works.
A recent Kaiser poll finds that only one in eight Americans were aware that Obamacare sign-ups started this week. On top of this, 51% of those polled overall and 67% of those currently uninsured said they still did not have enough information about the Obamacare to know how it works
If these numbers seem too abstract to drive home how confusing Obamacare is for many Americans, Jimmy Kimmel simplified things and took this issue to the streets:
We kicked off today's show with a look at how comedy's funny men and women have become the Obamacare Explainers-in-Chief.
Also on today's show:
- Callie Crossley on some of the stories that went under the RADAR this week
- MSNBC host Chris Matthews on his new book, Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked
- Emily Rooney on Open Mic
- Friday news quiz, battle of the booksellers edition. Dana Brigham, Manager and co-owner of Brookline Booksmith challenged David Sandberg, owner of Porter Square Books.