The Obamacare slapping has gone country. During Wednesday night's CMA Awards, country music stars Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, who were hosting the show, sang a ditty about Healthcare.gov's mess of a rollout.
Paisley, clearly playacting, told his duet partner that he needed to see a doctor. "Hey, do you have Obamacare?" Underwood asked. "Oh, it's great, it's great, I started signing up last Thursday and I'm almost done," she said, running across the stage to quickly grab a laptop to sign Paisley up.
"Why is it spinning?" Paisley said motioning to the screen. "Why is it smoking?"
Then they broke into song:
"Obamacare by morning. Why's this taking so long?
I'm going to wind up with hemorrhoids, if I sit here 'til dawn.
We'll have cataracts and dementia; oh this is getting on my last nerve.
Obamacare by morning, over six people served."
The duet got a raucous reaction from the crowd. (But Taylor Swift, who has stayed mum about her political allegiances, looked a little shell-shocked when the camera breezed by.) Tabloid reports have named Underwood among music's Republicans, but Paisley wrote a song inspired by Obama's 2008 election, which he talked excitedly about when he visited the White House in 2009.
"I had a record come out that day; I'm sure you were busy," he told the president about Nov. 4, 2008. "You are the first president [that my children] will remember, which is something," Paisley said during his 2009 visit, before playing his Obama Election Night-inspired song, "Welcome to the Future."