First on CNN: Obama campaign group helps health insurance sign-up effort
March 20th, 2014
12:37 PM ET
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First on CNN: Obama campaign group helps health insurance sign-up effort

Washington (CNN) - The White House is getting some outside help in its final push to encourage enrollment in the Obamacare insurance exchanges before the sign-up period ends on March 31.

Organizing for Action, the political action group that grew out of President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign, is releasing a new video on Thursday to go along with a series of tweets by prominent Democrats encouraging enrollment.

The group is hoping the video and tweets will be shared on social media as part of the popular Twitter hashtag “Throwback Thursday,” where people share nostalgic pictures of themselves from the past.

The new video, which will be released Thursday afternoon, features actor John Cho, star of the popular “Harold and Kumar” movies, joking about the potentially dangerous things he did as a younger man. Cho’s co-star in those movies, Kal Penn, was a frequent surrogate for Obama during both of his campaigns and left acting for a period to work in the Obama White House.

“I’m really lucky I didn’t die in my 20’s,” Cho says in the video. “You’re just doing the stupidest stuff in your early 20’s.”

While Cho says he won’t get into specifics, in the video he says, “Rode a cheetah,” “Hang gliding,” and “Grapple hooks.”

“Accidents happen, and you’ve gotta be prepared,” Cho adds.

The video and tweets are part of a campaign OFA is calling “Life Happens – Get Covered,” where they hope their supporters will share pictures or memories of times they were injured and appreciated their health insurance.

Chicago Mayor and former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel and New Jersey Senator Cory Booker also got in on the fun. Emmanuel tweeted a photo of his right hand, where he’s missing the tip of his middle finger due to an injury sustained as a teenager.

“Because #LifeHappens. #GetCoveredNow,” Emmanuel wrote.

Using the same hashtags, Booker shared a photo of himself as a high school football player, landing on his head while catching a football.

OFA’s efforts on Thursday are part of a month-long effort meant to spread the word about enrollment, and specifically to encourage young people who are uninsured to purchase coverage.

The demographic, often called "young invincibles," is seen as crucial to keeping health care costs down on the new exchanges because younger customers are often less expensive to insure.


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soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    How DARE this man try to help the poor and middle class! Who does he think he is? The President?

    March 20, 2014 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  2. hammerhead

    maybe they will pay there insurance premiums too

    March 20, 2014 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  3. Rusty Krus

    @hammerhead
    maybe they will pay there insurance premiums to

    Your moniker is apropos...

    March 20, 2014 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  4. Warren

    I've got mine.. Best insurance I've ever had.

    March 20, 2014 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    This is the sort of ground game stuff that makes some conservatives boiling mad. Winning elections is all about getting people out to vote for your cause. The "community organizer" has the best ground game that American politics has ever seen, hands down. Just ask Mitt Romney. He's freely admitted to being torched by the Obama campaign's ground game.

    March 20, 2014 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  6. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    Another, misleading CNN article headline today talked about how people have Obamacare, but can't find a doctor or hospital that will take it.

    This is the "skin in the game" that the Heritage Foundation talked about when they came up with the idea of the individual mandate, which is the cornerstone of Obamacare.

    Previously uninsured people will now have healthcare – and you know what? They might have to go further to get the care they need – because the INSURANCE companies have made decisions regarding which doctors and hospitals are in their networks (done to maximize profits for the company).

    All you righties out there, quit your bellyaching! This is the free-market capitalism you say you so want!

    March 20, 2014 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  7. Tampa Tim

    Boehner gets 4 Pinocchios for lying about Obamacare. Quoting Koch brothers ads is an example of the orange man's intelligence.

    March 20, 2014 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  8. Harold Read

    If you are in your early 20's, why sign up? You can stay on your parent's policies. It's hard enough to get a job let alone have to deal with the added cost of insurance.

    March 20, 2014 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  9. bill

    obamaites are selling us out with obamacare and all the lies--sad. As a vet i don't know if i would serve again because we are being defeated within and now political groups doing government work??? boy if any republican did this they would have the FBI/CIA/IRS/EPA after them-do what? obama would not use the IRS or EPA??? ok

    March 20, 2014 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  10. freedom

    Obama and his family will have luxuries the rest of their lives – as a former president- while the rest of the country suffers under his corrupt legislation. Not one republican voted for this monstrosity. Now taxpayers are not only under this law, but paying for advertising to get people to sign up! He's the most corrupt president in history!!!

    March 20, 2014 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  11. Tampa Tim

    Harold – Spoken like a true Koch follower. What do you have against people paying for their private insurance? Why are you opposed to insuring people with pre existing conditions? Why do you insist in lifetime caps? How do you justify insurance companies ripping off People?

    March 20, 2014 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  12. Tampa Tim

    When voting in November, if you have a friend with a pre existing condition who was uninsured and now has insurance, remember that no republican voted to get them the health care they so desperately needed.

    March 20, 2014 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  13. Silence DoGood

    @freedom
    Now taxpayers are not only under this law, but paying for advertising to get people to sign up! He's the most corrupt president in history!!!
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    Classic Right Wing fact-free flexible morality. The organization in the article is volunteer and donation based.
    The sum total of right wing arguments: Lies, conspiracy theory, and just makin' stuff up. It's all they got.

    March 20, 2014 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  14. salty dog

    Right, because the insurance companies should be able to tell you what they will cover, regardless of your policy.

    March 20, 2014 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  15. Silence DoGood

    @Tampa Tim
    When voting in November, if you have a friend with a pre existing condition who was uninsured and now has insurance, remember that no republican voted to get them the health care they so desperately needed.
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    Really great point. People are freed from fear of pre-exisitng conditions and being cancelled for using insurance. Already seeing a reduction in the uninsured population. This is good stuff!

    Right wing come-back in desperation: Hey dude, we heard of a guy who knows one guy on this blog over here who is paying more for a policy – maybe.

    March 20, 2014 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  16. smith

    @Tampa Tim-The ACA says that you can stay on your parents plan until you are 26. Are the people who choose to that bad or anti-Obama?

    March 20, 2014 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    freedom

    Obama and his family will have luxuries the rest of their lives – as a former president- while the rest of the country suffers under his corrupt legislation. Not one republican voted for this monstrosity. Now taxpayers are not only under this law, but paying for advertising to get people to sign up! He's the most corrupt president in history!!!
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    How many people would you say had their existing health insurance plans canceled as a result of the ACA taking effect? Oh, say about five or six million? That's close to the reasonable sounding number that gets tossed around. Most of them have been able to get health insurance policies, sometimes at a higher or lower price.

    Now. How many people are being denied health insurance altogether because their Republican governor refuses to expand Medicaid? Probably at least twice that got their policies cancelled. Shucks, there's 3/4 of a million folks in Georgia alone being denied health care insurance. Now mulitply that by a couple dozen states, and suddenly you've got a significant number of folks on your hands.

    March 20, 2014 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  18. w

    Tampa Tim

    When voting in November, if you have a friend with a pre existing condition who was uninsured and now has insurance, remember that no republican voted to get them the health care they so desperately needed.
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    And if you lost your insurance and now have to pay double for horrible coverage, thank a libtard.

    March 20, 2014 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  19. Tampa Tim

    smith – neither. They have insurance, and that is the law. The important thing is that they have access to health care.

    March 20, 2014 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  20. freedom

    @Rudy

    Your points are irrelevant – Obama lied to the American people numerous times to further his agenda of controlling them. He doesn't care if people die because of this law – and they are. That's the point – period.

    March 20, 2014 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  21. freedom

    Democrats have backed themselves in the corner – Sandra Fluke can't even save them this time.

    March 20, 2014 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  22. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ LEE ISSA RUBIO GOP conservatives the GARBAGE AND SEWAGE of AMERICA what have they accomplished in the lat five years??? They lost at least 50BILLIN DOLLARS and got nothing for it just this year.

    The anti healthcare GOP FOOLS will get what's coming to them in November when the dems and independents and sane GOPERS come out in DROVES to PUNISH the GOP for their OBSTRUCTION and INCOMPETENCE and PHONY hearings and RECORD WASTING of tax payers money for NOTHING and loss of at least 35 BILLION DOLLARS on their moronic goverment shutdown. The GOP is to STUPID to goveren and will suffer a record BEATDOWN in November , AGAIN!!!!!

    March 20, 2014 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  23. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    Now. How many people are being denied health insurance altogether because their Republican governor refuses to expand Medicaid? Probably at least twice that got their policies cancelled. Shucks, there's 3/4 of a million folks in Georgia alone being denied health care insurance. Now mulitply that by a couple dozen states, and suddenly you've got a significant number of folks on your hands.
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    Hey Rudy. Answer a question honestly for me. The "people being denied health insurance because republican governors refusing to expand medicaid". First, do you believe that the republican governors are doing it to spite these people, or because they don't want their state to be left holding the bag after the federal government money to pay for it dries up in 3 years? And one more if you would be so kind – why aren't these people getting their insurance from the federal exchange at little to no cost due to the available subsidies?

    March 20, 2014 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  24. salty dog

    Right Rudy, and I'm sure they will tell their citizens they're saving them from obamacare, sadly some will believe their BS. I have the best insurance I've had on over twenty years, just a little less than my old plan that covered nothing.

    March 20, 2014 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  25. Tampa Tim

    So the ACA by the numbers – 3.5 million students up to age 26 get to stay on their parents plan, 5.5 million have signed up for ACA, 5 million uninsured got insurance through Medicaid, 275 million were unaffected, leaving the rate of uninsured at the lowest in 5 years. The 2 million with junk policies get to keep them for another year, but the worst is the 5 million living under red state governors were denied insurance because they refused federal money.

    March 20, 2014 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
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