Sebelius: We Saw 'Galifianakis Bump' on Obamacare Site

Monday, 31 Mar 2014 01:48 PM

By Lisa Barron

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President Barack Obama's appearance on actor Zach Galifianakis' Internet show "Between Two Ferns" led to an increase in enrollment in Obamacare, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius said.

"The website traffic surged once the 'Between Two Ferns' interview went on," Sebelius said on The Huffington Post's  HuffPost Live on Monday, adding officials "definitely saw the Galifianakis bump."

"But more importantly, what we're trying to do is reach people in the language that they mostly understand. Certainly Zach reaches a certain audience," she said. "As a mother of two 30-something sons, I know they're more likely to get their information on Funny or Die than they are on network TV."

"Between Two Ferns" is part of the Funny Or Die comedy website.

Sebelius said she had no problem with the president appearing instead of her to discuss Obamacare because Obama's "name is on this bill, this is his signature policy issue, it's something that he was committed to when he ran for president, he was the first president in the history of the United States to be able to deliver on health reform, so he gets the chair with Zach."

As of today, Obama's "Between Two Ferns" sit-down is the third most-watched video ever on Funny or Die, with more than 20 million views, Mediaite reported.


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