Donnie Wahlberg Incites Twitter Frenzy With Obamacare Fix

Donnie Wahlberg Incites Twitter Frenzy With Obamacare Fix

“Blue Bloods” star's idea would put $2 million in your pocket — but there's one problem

Do we need a New Kid on the Block in the White House? Or should Donnie Wahlberg stick to Wahlburgers?

The star of CBS's “Blue Bloods” and A&E's upcoming “Wahlburgers” used Twitter Friday to drop a simple-sounding proposal to fixing HealthCare.gov, the website for the Affordable Care Act.

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“Why dump 600,000,000 taxpayer dollars into healthcare website?” he wrote. “Why not dump $2,000,000 in the pockets of 300,000,000 U.S. taxpayers instead?”

Yeah! Exactly! Has Obama heard about this? Except… oh wait.

According to calculators, 600,000,000 divided by 300,000,000 is two.

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So that would be two dollars for every American.

There were some other problems with Wahlberg's otherwise great idea. There's lots of debate about whether the website really costs $600 million. And not all of the 300 million or so Americans pay taxes. Some of them are children, tax-exempt, or lazy good-for-nothings. (The 2012 Romney campaign asked us to mention that last group.)

Wahlberg backtracked after providing Friday afternoon tweeters the chance to do what they love best: Make fun of a famous person.

“That is not a bash on our president. I respect and admire him. Just doing the math,” he said.

Later he conceded he had done the math wrong.

“I know my math is f***ed. Ha Ha Ha! Thats why I stick to acting!” he said. “Thats only $2 a person. Enough for half an aspirin! Screw it. Forget what I said! Load up the website and healthcare for all!”

Scarier than one of our most beloved celebrities making a public mistake was how many didn't catch the mistake. (By the time you read this, a lot of their tweets may have been deleted.)

  • When's Anita starting?

    When's Anita starting over at Deadline??? This is such a non-f'ing story.

  • SpuriousLartius

    If you're going to call Wahlberg out for his math errors – shouldn't you be able to spell: “…tax-emempt..”. Or complete a thought: “Wahlberg backtracked after providing Friday afternoon tweeters the chance”

    After all, he's not a mathamatician – but words are your business

    • SpuriousLartius

      ” Scarier than one of our most beloved celebrities making a public mistake was how many didn’t catch the mistake. (By the time you read this, a lot of their tweets may have been deleted.)”

      much as you cleaned up your spelling and grammar errors after I posted the above comment?

      You are too funny, Tim.

      • tim.molloy

        Wow, cheer up. That section was there and got deleted mid-editing, so I restored it. Have a nice weekend!

    • astroguy54

      They completed the thought with, “…the chance to do what they love best…” And they had the correct spelling for “exempt.” What else, idiot?

  • Glorious_Cause

    “That is not a bash on our president. I respect and admire him.”

    I don't respect or admire anyone who said over 40 times in three years “you can keep your healthcare plan” and then 5 million lose their health insurance. Not to mention the skyrocketing costs of premiums for everyone else.

    Obamacare will destroy the Democrat Party.

    • astroguy54

      Idiot.

  • astroguy54

    He's a perfect match for fellow brainiac Jenny McCarthy! Let's hope they have lots of babies and pass those superior genes on.

  • Big Smart Monkey

    Okay, call me dumb, call me smart, but I thought he meant instead of going $600 million in debt to the Canadians for a site that is embarrassing, to have something earn $2 million and split that among 300million people. That would mean we're $602 million ahead as a whole, no matter how you divide it….See… $600 mil less on the debt, $2 million revenue …. $602 to better off! (But, of course, his later comments show that's not what he was thinking.) But if it were…. it would be better!