The Enrollment Push Is On
The Enrollment Push Is On This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. During a Friday speech in California, President Barack Obama touted the health law’s benefits — highlighting the Golden State’s progress so far — in his effort to encourage young people and Latinos to sign up for coverage that will be available through new online insurance exchanges.The Wall Street Journal: Obama Pitches Health LawWith the launch of the 2010 health-care law’s main provisions approaching, Mr. Obama used a trip to California to make his pitch and urge the uninsured to sign up for coverage. The state, which has nearly six million uninsured people and is the largest insurance marketplace in the U.S., is considered critical to the success of the law (Nelson and Mathews, 6/7).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Obama Pleads For Californians, Latinos, Young People to Get Coverage Under New Health Care LawPresident Barack Obama on Friday encouraged the uninsured or those paying high prices for health insurance to sign up for coverage under his health care law and urged opponents to stop wasting time continuing to fighting its implementation. Obama used a trip to California to highlight how the state is implementing the Affordable Care Act and rebut continuing criticism over his signature legislative achievement. He touted an effort in the state to recruit Hispanics in particular to the health care exchanges that are being created to help millions of now-uninsured consumers afford coverage (6/7).Kaiser Health News: Obama: Health Law ‘Working The Way It’s Supposed To’ (Video)In California Friday, President Barack Obama praised the health law benefits already in place and talked about the state’s health insurance marketplace. He also placed a special emphasis on touting the law to the state’s Latino population (6/7). Reuters: President Obama Takes Health Pitch To California After Rate RowPresident Barack Obama insisted on Friday his healthcare overhaul is already proving worthwhile as he promoted the plan in California, where an argument is raging over whether it is living up to its name as the Affordable Care Act (Holland and Spetalnick, 6/7).CQ HealthBeat: Obama Launches High-Profile, High-Stakes Campaign To Sell Health LawMarking the opening round of what’s likely to be steel cage political combat over the impact of the health care law on insurance rates, President Barack Obama said on Friday in a speech in California that the overhaul is ushering in a new era of vigorous competition among plans in the state and elsewhere resulting in reliable, affordable coverage (Reichard, 6/7).The Hill: Obama: Health Law Is Working Despite GOP Critics ‘Fearmongering’President Obama touted his signature healthcare law Friday, dismissing Republican “fearmongering” and arguing that the law is working…Obama’s pitch for the healthcare law comes at a crucial time. The administration, along with state governments, is just months away from opening new insurance marketplaces and beginning to enroll millions of people in new coverage options (Baker, 6/7). The Fiscal Times: Insurance Premiums A Mixed Bag Under ObamacarePresident Obama on Friday touted California as a prime example of how his signature Affordable Care Act already is working, with state officials gearing up to provide an array of affordable health care policies and protections for the uninsured and defying the predictions of “doom and gloomers” of skyrocketing premium costs (Pianin, 6/7).Los Angeles Times: Bill Clinton Challenges California To Lead On Healthcare OverhaulFormer President Clinton challenged California to make the federal healthcare overhaul work to silence naysayers and win over states that are still on the fence. Clinton, addressing an audience of doctors and healthcare executives in downtown Los Angeles on Friday, said he remains optimistic about the rollout of the Affordable Care Act despite unease among the American public and persistent Republican opposition (Terhune, 6/7).