Americans now have polite words for bad things, obscene words for bad things — and HealthCare.gov.
Joel McHale talked about the role of HealthCare.gov — the enrollment website for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) exchanges run by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) — in conversational English on Saturday at the White House Correspondents Association dinner.
McHale, an actor on the NBC television show “Community,” told President Obama and other dinner attendees that the launch of HealthCare.gov was a disaster.
“It was bad,” McHale said. “I don’t even have an analogy, because the website is now the thing people use to describe other bad things.
“They say stuff like, ‘Yuk, I shouldn’t have eaten all that sushi. I was up all night HealthCare.goving.’
“Or, ‘Boy, that latest Johnny Depp movie really HealthCare.goved at the box office.’
“Or, ‘Look at my new rug. Did the dog HealthCare.gov on it? You can’t get HealthCare.gov out of shag.’”