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Will Ferrell & John Hamm: Insurance Companies PSA

Will Ferrell & John Hamm: Insurance Companies PSA

A slew of celebrities have gotten together to speak out to protect and help insurance companies.

Sarcastically, of course.

FunnyOrDie.com founder Will Ferrell pulled in Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm, House‘s Olivia Wilde, Heroes’ Masi Oka, Scrubs’ Donald Faison, Reno 911‘s Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant, My BoysJordana Spiro and ER/Freaks & GeeksLinda Cardellini.

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# 1

Brilliant! Absolutely brilliant!

I’ve already called my senators and representative.

Have you?

# 2

who wants America to have free health coverage? i don’t want our country to be like Canada! because if there’s free health coverage we will have to wait like a year for doctor’s appt., surgery, etc. It would be so messed up if everyone got free health coverage! Let’s just get free houses,free cars, free gas! please nothing is free! WHAT THEY NEED TO DO IS MAKE HEALTH INSURANCE MORE AFFORDABLE BUT NOT FREE!

# 3

What’s so wrong with competition? Good question, but maybe they should ask why we have laws keeping it to one or two companies per state instead of an open market. Or maybe give incentives for companies that take on pre-existing conditions (like some European companies do, where they have 100% insurance without a public option).

We don’t need to socialize medicine to reform it, we just need to cut this lobbyist crap, cut frivolous lawsuits, and educate doctors. If we cut the cost of doctors malpractice insurance and open competition within states, we wouldn’t need a public option. Instead of fixing the problem we’re trying to slap an expensive bandaid on it.

You can rant back at me, I probably won’t come back to read it. I just thought I’d throw this out there. I think the people claiming the Dems wanna kill Grandma are nucking futs, but I don’t think public option is the way to go, either.

# 5

Celebrities need to shutup. They’re the ones will millions of dollars and 5 houses too!!! They can pay for whatever health care they want. Equal health care means they’ll try and force it on those who are already happy with the coverage they have. I’m 22, have WORKED MY BUTT OFF since I was 17. Got a job and went to college, now I’m doing well and finally have the coverage I want and make good money and it’s all going to get taken away or massively taxed. 5 years of hard work for nothing.

# 6

yes celebrities are rich, are they all totally sicnere? can t never be sure.. anyways at least they seem to be trying to helps regular people, so if they re sincere you can t tell them to shut it up since it is for everybody that they open it up..

i get why you(us citizens) do not want free health coverage(apparently and pretty obviously in majority republicans) it s in your cu
lture, you have a different way of like and way of think..

i m a french guy, i always lived in a country where most of my medical acts were paid by the government, i ve never seen any problem growing up like that..
true it makes loose government money.. but proportionnaly with usa it s in the end a lot less money.. what s the point for you to stay with such an high rate of people without medical care?
my government make pay more and more things (before it was especially tooths care and eyes care) yes even in france not every medical cares are totally for free and it s getting worse and worse..
i d just add this, i truly believe health care should just be a RIGHT

# 7

SHUPTUPPPPPPPPPPP CELEBRITIES !!! we do not care what you think anymore . yeah you want us to go w the Obama care because all of you( rich as hell) can afford what we would not so we would die on the waitting room while you get all the surgeries and help your money can buy. why don’t you celebs start donaitting all of your money to make a better country so lets start from there how about no buying more houses that are over 3,000,000 or like oprah 55,000,000 and instead give the money to charity to help others since you guys are so concern w the well being of our people. I voted for change I believed in OBAMA I m not the only one desapointed Sad to much power not good. lets go and change governors NOW.

# 8

(F”IXED”)
yes celebrities are rich, are they all totally sicnere? can t never be sure.. anyways at least they seem to be trying to helps regular people, so if they re sincere you can t tell them to shut it up since it is for everybody that they open it up..

i get why you(us citizens) do not want free health coverage(apparently and pretty obviously in majority republicans) it s in your culture, you have a different way of life and way of think..

i m a french guy, i always lived in a country where most of my medical acts were paid by the government, i ve never seen any problem growing up like that..
true it makes loose government money.. but proportionnaly with usa it s in the end a lot less money.. what s the point for you to stay with such an high rate of people without medical care that being said?
my government make pay more and more medical things and acts (before it was especially tooths care and eyes care) yes even in france not every medical cares are totally for free and it s getting worse and worse..
i d just add this, i truly believe health care should just be a RIGHT

Yeah, Sarah, you have the coverage you want right now, but because the insurance rates are going up 20% per year, it won’t be much longer till that cost is shifted back to you. The public option is going to create enough competition to lower the prices for everyone. It’s going up so high so fast that employers are starting to drop insurance coverage.
Also hey, geniuses- it’s NOT FREE. You still have to pay premiums. But like Medicare, it will all be billed through the insurance companies.

And yes, go ahead and make big money. Because people who make big money are being taxed at a less rate than everyone else. If everyone is taxed at the same rate for better healthcare, I say bring it on!!!

so stupid. people need to stop listening to celebs when it comes to politics. notice not one time in the video did it mention HOW all this would be paid for?

For a single mother with a sick child who is in constant need of medical care…….I would rather pay out of my own poor pocket to make sure my child gets the best doctors and the proper care needed when its needed. I guess when money is no object these things dont matter.

gaeljet to you LOL !! go back to your country ( france ) then if you are so happy w your goverment. :)

My Friend, 5 Years in your working life is not enough time to experience or worry about much. You don’t know what could come up ahead and believe me life get’s much more complicated. A college career and great work experience can get you through many doors, but it won’t always be the umbrella you need if you get stuck outside in the rain.

@logic: that’s why you get traveler’s insurance, they have red umbrellas, it’s not my fault u cant pay =p

it was funny tho, altho i dont technically agree with their sarcasm

As always with these spot-the-celebrity political spots, it’s boring and three times longer than it needs to be simply in order to accommodate everyone involved with sufficient camera time. Not one in 10 of you will make it all the way through, but as an incentive to get you to try, you’ll discover that (a) apparently 80 percent of America is gung ho for the public option, which is news to me and to the dozens of Blue Dogs terrified of what’ll happen to them next year if they vote for this sinkhole, and (b) people who make millions churning out one unwatchable piece of bilge after another inexplicably feel no shame in accusing insurance executives of being overpaid. Happy viewing.

Salary

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006): $20,000,000
Bewitched (2005): $20,000,000
Kicking & Screaming (2005): $20,000,000
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004): $7,000,000

No one who pocketed $20 million for any movie, let alone Bewitched and Talladega Nights, has any room to talk about overpaid execs.

Curt hallman @ 09/22/2009 at 6:34 pm

There is no such thing as free healthcare. Instead of paying the insurance companies you’ll be paying the government, the same gov’t that has bankrupted every social program they have ever started. Leave it up to the free markets, allow insurance companies to cross state lines, put a limit on lawsuits, I guarantee the prices will drop. There is not a single conservative that I know that doesn’t want healthcost reform, its not the care its the cost. If the gov’t gets involved it will affect the care, go visit a VA hospital, you will see first hand what your asking for. I have a prexisting condition, had approximately 12 major suurgeries in the last 20 years, I have never been denied care. I pay for it, but I budget for it. Too many people refuse to but coverage, they get sick, we pay for it. The US spends billions of dollars to care for people that are in this country illegally. Close the damn borders. I am a compassionate person, no one should be or is denied emergency care, but if the person is here illegally, stabalize em and ship them home, it will save us billions a year. Its common sense, keep the gov’t out of the healthcare business, write some legislation to protect us and get out of our way.

get king obama heath care and die, freedom

As many of you have stated, these “celebs” understand NOTHING about the massive financial burden of this fundamentally weak and poorly thought out national healthcare bill. All they care about is supporting their rockstar president, without taking the time to understand how damaging the current proposal could be in the long run, when failure to regulate and the overwhelmingly large costs of medical services cripples the government.

I wish that Hollywood would just shut up about things that they don’t care to thoroughly analyze and understand, BEFORE they start vouching for issues that most likely don’t even effect them directly.

Wow, I am surprised by the fact that so many of you that are condemning Obama’s health care plans have not taken the time to understand it or that of socialized health care in other nations. g!na – Canada has more access to machines then we do here in the states, they simply own more of them allowing appointments to be made more quickly and allowing the individual to possibly treat an illness in earlier stages. And if this is a country built on competition then having more health care options only makes sense. And the whole “they will make people use health care they don’t want”, where do you get this idea, they are just wanting to give more affordable health care options. I am willing to bet that most of the comments made on here are from kids who’s parents pay there health care. Wait until the market changes have taken affect and your company no longer provides health care.

angel hair @ 09/22/2009 at 9:40 pm

Thank you so much for posting the video, Jared!

Educated : “Canada has more access to machines then we do here in the states, they simply own more of them allowing appointments to be made more quickly and allowing the individual to possibly treat an illness in earlier stages.”

Sorry, but that is patently false.

How could you possibly think that a country of 30 million people would have more medical equipment, access or facility available than the US, with 300m ppl. and their GDP and technological advancements? Believe me, you wait and wait for access to these “machines” of which you speak.

As someone with dual citizenship, having lived for years in each country and currently back in Canada, I have to say that this is so wrong it’s sad.

Here you have to wait exceedingly long times for most anything – unless emergency, you’re already severely ill or on your death bed.

There is no choice and that creates the waiting lists.

Getting a family doc is all but impossible, so the trend seems to be walk in clinics. Doctor and nurse shortages.

You could have all the money in the world and want to pay for your own medical service but you cannot. It’s against the law. Hence, those with money and want better care go south to US and pay for it.

Difference is you won’t be bankrupted by a serious illness in Canada and Canada is not as litigious a country as the US where Docs need so much insurance themselves and feel need to run the gamut of tests to fend off frivolous legal actions…..

But nothing is “free.” It’s all got to be paid for and that equals rationing.

The Canadian brand of health care was also initially supposed to be a choice when it was first implemented. No more, except in perhaps Quebec where they allow a combination system of public / private. ie; you can pay for it if you are able and want quicker attention.

As for the US current debate, it seems to me that if concerned with some nebulous, ever debated number of “uninsured” people, then that problem should be the one looked at and dealt with — not some overhaul of a system that some 80% of people are reasonably happy with and which continues to produce medical tech. and advancement envied by the world.

Oh, and it’s not “competition” when one element of the “competition” (the government) doesn’t need to be concerned with making a profit to survive while the others do.

As someone said, there isn’t actual competition in US when people cannot, by law, purchase coverage across state lines (something 0bama or whoever could basically change with a stroke of his pen), which if that was changed would go a long way to lowering costs, along with legal change via tort reform.

What ultimately will occur with the reform being tossed out now is that your ability to choose will erode and eventually be gone. That is the Canadian history. Philosophically, there are arguments to be made for each system….but one leaves no choice.

And yes, how laughable it is of these “stars” that make +10′s, 20′s of millions for a few months of “acting” to criticize business people for success in the offering of a service and choice. Pathetic.

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