The President:
Are you getting this? Come on, we’ve got to film this. Iman Crosson:
It was just,
it was a mind-blowing moment. I’ve been doing it for so many
years, to be in his office, doing an impression
of him, for him. Now, look, I’m happy to be
here in the Oval Office. I either — get to
work, or you can. You can take a lunch break, and
I can take an hour and fill in for you. I’m just happy to be here,
and happy to shake your hand. The President:
You’re going
to have to get some gray hair, though. Iman Crosson:
Yeah. The President:
I used
to look like you. Hannah Hart:
Today was incredible. The President took time to come
and meet with myself and some other digital
influencers I suppose, and really kind of find out
our opinions on health care, other issues that
are important to us, and how we reach out
to our communities. The President:
For the next five weeks, get as many people to
sign up as possible. So we’ve got a
short-term agenda. And anything you guys can
do, any suggestions you have, just let us know. Tyler Oakley:
I was thinking,
even while I was talking with the President, I’m like oh
my gosh, my friend and I, we’ve talked about how he
doesn’t have insurance. And like, this is the
easiest solution ever. All you have to do is
go online and do it. Hannah Hart:
As a YouTuber,
I’m basically self-employed, meaning that I’m a small
business owner and my small business is entertainment. So, because of that, I don’t
have insurance coming from anywhere. I’m 27, I don’t qualify to
be on my parent’s insurance. So I went to healthcare.gov,
which redirected me to Covered California, and then I chose
the plan that fit best for me. Iman Crosson:
By myself, up until now, I had never had
health insurance. And I’ve been in situations
where I dislocated my shoulder twice, and ER visits,
and hospital visits, all on my own dime. Dimes that I didn’t
actually have. So, you know, when you’re not
covered and something happens, you can actually place yourself
in a position to be in a lot of debt. Hannah Hart:
At the end
of the enrollment process, it says like tweet
to tell a friend. And I thought about all the
friends that I have who don’t have insurance. So, I tweeted, hey, I got
covered at Covered California. And then Covered
California contacted me, and I ended up hosting a live
stream for them at the YouTube space, which was awesome because
it kind of gave me a chance to reach out through
YouTube to my community. I want them all to
have health insurance. I like them very much. I’d like them to live
long, happy, healthy lives. Iman Crosson:
I just wanted to
get involved and have people begin to talk about the
Affordable Care Act, and what it is, and
how do you sign up. And so the easiest thing way to
do that was to do a parody song saying, sign up like it’s hot,
because once you go to the website, you can read for
yourself and you can ask questions or you can read the
FAQ and understand exactly what’s going on. So, that’s why I
made that video. Tyler Oakley:
My audience
is a really young audience, which is really cool, because
I think me talking about the things that are important
to me, like health care, gets them into the
mindset of, okay, well this isn’t something that
adults have to worry about. It’s something that
affects everybody. Iman Crosson:
With the upcoming
deadline of March 31 approaching quickly, I think young people,
as much as we’re integrated into social media, we can use those
tools to get that word out. The President:
So, it’s a
complicated time for us to get information out. And this group really can help
to advise us in terms of how do we reach people. Iman Crosson:
And I think it’s
important to spread the word because we’re in a position
to have something for us, in terms of health care
that we’ve never had before, this country’s never had before. And you don’t want to get past
that March 31st deadline and have to wait until it reopens
again because you never know what can happen in that window. So, spread the word. Just get covered, prepare
for it, ahead of time.