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Celebrities: Obamacare’s Proxy Recruits

President Obama is personally recruiting celebrities to help promote Obamacare before insurance exchanges launch October 1.  POTUS dropped into a meeting led by senior adviser Valerie Jarrett;  singer Jennifer Hudson, actress Amy Poehler, and execs from the Grammys and Funny Or Die, and one of Oprah’s reps got charm-bombed.

Per The Hill, a White House official told CNN:

The President stopped by the meeting to engage artists who expressed an interest in helping to educate the public about the benefits of the health law. The reach of these national stars spreads beyond the beltway to fans of their television shows, movies, and music – and the power of these artists to speak through social media is especially critical.

The White House needs 3 million uninsured people to sign up for insurance exchanges in order to enable cost-savings across the programs, and celebrities and athletes are seen as key for the outreach. Last month Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius revealed she had been

“very actively and enthusiastically engaged” with the National Football League.

I checked out my California insurance exchanges. I can pay $30 a month more for Obamacare and get the same coverage I have now, coverage I thankfully rarely use (I see a doctor maybe twice a year, get a flu shot at the drug store, and occasionally need a prescription), which has a  deductible higher than 3 months worth of my mortgage.  Under Obamacare, am I allowed to keep my current insurance? No one has explained this to me. Will Jennifer Hudson (net worth $15 million) and Amy Poehler (net worth $18 million) be able to explain why I should pay more for the same thing?  Will Amy Poehler and Jennifer Hudson go on Obamacare?

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Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.

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