The Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare, is one of the most controversial laws in the history of the United States. Given HealthCare.gov's technical problems, and the fact that many existing plans are being canceled in spite of President Barack Obama's earlier promise that "If you like your plan, you can keep it," the rollout for the exchange has not gone as smoothly as supporters of the Act had hoped.
Groups on both sides of the political aisle have been creating parody videos that poke fun at both the Act and the opposition's response to it. Here are a few of the most notable satires.
'The Daily Show' -- Affordable Horror Story
In this "Daily Show" clip, Jon Stewart mocks Obama's 2009 announcement that everyone who wanted to would be able to keep their plans -- then shows that Obama is not the only one who has made inaccurate statements. The video cuts to some of Republicans' lies and exaggerations regarding the effects of the new law -- such as the untruth that the government could soon impose jail time on people who don't have health insurance. Stewart concludes the segment by saying the new law may be a great thing for some people and a burden to others, but under the previous system, "If you liked not having a doctor, you could keep not having a doctor."
'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' -- Six of One
Do you prefer Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act? As this Jimmy Kimmel Live! clip shows, many Americans don't realize that the two names refer to the exact same law -- and that, when broken down, many people who say they disagree with Obamacare actually support everything included in the law.
Country Music Awards parody
At the 2013 Country Music Awards, singers Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood teamed up for a brief duet that poked fun at the health insurance marketplace's ongoing technical problems: "Obamacare by Morning." Lyrics include: "Obamacare by morning/ Why's this taking so long?/ I'm gonna wind up with hemorrhoids/ If I sit here till dawn."
'What Is Obamacare?' by the Fung Brothers
This music video explains the new Affordable Care Act regulations in (auto-)tune, with performances by impersonators of celebrities such as Miley Cyrus, Drake, Katy Perry and Rihanna. When Miley has a twerking accident, she's able to go to the hospital and get treated under her new Obamacare insurance plan.
'I'm Obamacare' GOP Ads
This series of anti-Obamacare ads, funded by the Republican Party, parodies the old PC vs. Mac TV advertisements, personifying "Obamacare" as a messy, disorganized and overweight guy who can't get anything done effectively. "Private Sector" appears as a well-groomed and productive counterpart. Many of the ads make fun of the insurance marketplace's notoriously shaky rollout, including one in which Obamacare lies on the ground for the duration of the ad.
'Saturday Night Live' Obamacare parody
This SNL clip features a spot-on Obama impersonator talking with a series of "regular people" about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act. One man complains about how his "lazy, good-for-nothing son" will never have to get a job now that he's eligible to continue on his family health care plan; Republican Sen. Ted Cruz complains about the plan in a series of Dr. Seuss-style rhymes; and the "Breaking Bad" character Jesse Pinkman explains how Walter White was driven to start cooking meth and killing people because he wasn't able to cover the cost of his medical bills for cancer treatment.
'Funny or Die' – Jennifer Hudson’s Obamacare “Scandal”
In this "Funny or Die" clip, film star Jennifer Hudson channels Kerry Washington's problem-fixer character in ABC's popular drama "Scandal," offering to help people deal with their crises. Unfortunately, it looks like she won't be very effective as a "fixer." As it turns out, all the problems that her clients are facing are issues that will be easily remedied under the Affordable Care Act.