Administration to kick off effort to encourage enrollment
October 23rd, 2013
08:37 AM ET
12 months ago

Administration to kick off effort to encourage enrollment

Washington (CNN) – The Obama administration is going to kick off what it calls "a grassroots effort" to encourage more enrollment by the uninsured in the new health care exchanges, an administration official confirmed to CNN Wednesday.

"We are planning to deploy White House officials and Cabinet Secretaries to the 10 cities across the country with the highest rates of uninsured Americans to do enrollment events and other grassroots activities. These cities and metropolitan areas include Dallas; Houston; Miami; Atlanta; Phoenix/Tucson; North Jersey; Tampa; Orlando; Detroit and San Antonio," the official said.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is among those who will be traveling. She will visit Phoenix, Arizona, and Austin and San Antonio, Texas, later this week, a second official told CNN.

soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. tom l

    Too bad she's not going to Colorado. I hear that they're having keggers there to encourage enrollment.

    October 23, 2013 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  2. tom l

    I believe I heard her say in her interview last night that the administration really needed FIVE years to get this up and running properly which leads me to 2 questions:
    1. If they needed that much time then why did they roll out the program so "quickly"
    2. 5 years? FIVE years???? 3 years wasn't enough?

    October 23, 2013 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    I've always thought that the internet sign up idea was serously flawed, anyway. Most of the people who have been chugging along without health insurance don't have internet access from their homes, much less own a digital device suitable for accessing it. Sorry, smart phones don't cut it, folks. I'm talking tablet, laptop, or a PC.

    Yeah, they have phone numbers to call, but the information seems to be being distributed almost exclusivvely through digital media channels that most poor people may not have:; internet access and cable TV. Somebody has been making far, far too many wildly false assumptions about people's lifestyles and means.

    October 23, 2013 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    More of these states need to expand their Medicaid rolls. They're blatantly trying to sabotage the program.

    October 23, 2013 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  5. smith

    Yeah, looks like a sign of desperation from the WH. Guess they don`t want to release those enrollment stats because they stink.

    October 23, 2013 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  6. Fair is Fair

    What happened to the "millions and millions" of people who were chomping at the bit and couldn't wait for this crummy legislation? Did they figure out how much it was going to cost them? Baucus was spot-on – TRAIN WRECK.

    October 23, 2013 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  7. Tampa Tim

    In an earlier post, I wish Sen. Shaheen had actually read the ACA. She almost sounded as clueless as Rubio.

    October 23, 2013 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    The train wreck is already happening.........it is entirely off the tracks, and entirely out of control.

    Fools rush in........and in this case, the fool is Obama.

    October 23, 2013 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  9. Gunderson

    What !
    Now Titanic Sail nothing left but Life Boats? Curly, Larry, Moe starting to look like Rhodes Scholars compared this bunch. Better jack up whole Adminstration and drive another under it. Smart thing dump Obama Care, you be better off.

    October 23, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  10. Data Driven

    CNN is OBSESSED with this story. I clicked around to other news blogs this morning, including partisan ones both left and right, and while the healthcare dot gov glitches are a story, it's nothing like what we're seeing here. This morning, two-thirds of the stories on the Ticker are about the website. FOX isn't even covering it this much.

    A man walking on Mars would not merit so much coverage.

    October 23, 2013 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  11. ST

    Though it is not too late to go ahead with their plan, BUT this plan could have been in place even before the launching of ACA on 1st Oct. Unfortunately, it seems something doesn't go smoothly in HHS.

    October 23, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  12. Lynda/Minnesota

    I am curious how long CNN is going to cover Republican anti-Obamacare antics. I thought the issue was settled once and for all the day John Boehner re-opened the government after he allowed his House members their anti-government shutdown temper tantrum because of, well ...Obamacare?

    I mean, is this anti-Obamacare stuff going to take center stage for the next year? Two years? Three years? Four years?

    Surely even the GOP is not stupid enough to once again try and shutdown the government in a repeat performance come January 2014?

    October 23, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  13. sonny chapman

    Why is the Self Proclaimed Party of Personal Responsibility(Repubs.) discouraging young folks from buying Health Insurance so that we don't have to pick up their tab when they can't pay for their Medical Treatment ? Answer: They hate Obama more than their self proclaimed Love of Country.

    October 23, 2013 10:09 am at 10:09 am |