Obama wants celebs to sell young people on signing up for health care exchanges
President Obama drew some major Hollywood star power to help drum up for support of his Obamacare health care exchanges on Monday – including Jennifer Hudson, Amy Poehler and former White House special advisor Kal Penn.
YouTube's Daniel Kellison and Royal Pains creator Andrew Lenchewski were also on hand, while Funny or Die production president Mike Farah said he'd start looking at scripts for videos to feature on his site.
Farah said he would enlist both FOD vets and newcomers to produce videos by September to support the Affordable Health Act program, whose health-care exchanges open Oct. 1.
“We were invited and were told they don't have a ton of dollars and want to reach young people,” he said, adding one of the key needs of the health care exchanges is to get youths to sign up for insurance.
Farah said Obama told the group how proud he was of Obamacare — and that much like the initial rollout of Social Security years ago, there's a lot of misinformation out there.
“He wants this thing to work and he said the people they are trying to reach are fans of celebrities and trust them,” Farah said.
The that open Oct. 1 in each state will sell health insurance policies that require insurance companies to cover preexisting conditions.
The biggest financial test of the Affordable Health Care exchanges will be how well the Obama administration can get people in good health to sign up. Conservative Republican groups have mounted an ad campaign urging against it.