The New Yorker mocks Obamacare website

Barry Blitt's cover for next week's issue shows a helpless Kathleen Sebelius and irritated President Obama

By Prachi Gupta

Published November 1, 2013 4:27PM (EDT)

Jon Stewart isn't the only one mocking the Obamacare website, which is still suffering from glitches a full two weeks after its launch. Next week's New Yorker cover, illustrated by veteran cartoonist Barry Blitt, lampoons U.S. Department of Health and Human Services head Kathleen Sebelius and President Obama, who look on helplessly as a young consultant stuffs a floppy disk into a desktop computer, circa 1998.

From the New Yorker:

“When I heard that the troubled Obamacare Web site was built by a Canadian company, of course I felt personally responsible,” says the Montreal-born Barry Blitt, who drew next week’s cover, “Reboot.” “I’ll be happy when the glitches are all worked out and everything’s running smoothly, so I can put this all behind me,” he concludes.

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at

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