Obama enrolling star power to promote health care

By Nedra Pickler

Associated Press

Published: Monday, July 22 2013 5:11 p.m. MDT

In this March 23, 2010 file photo, President Barack Obama signs the health care bill in the East Room of the White House in Washington.

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is enrolling some star power to promote health care.

Obama stopped by a private White House meeting Monday with celebrities including singer Jennifer Hudson and actors Amy Poehler, Michael Cera and Kal Penn.

The White House says the artists expressed interest in helping spread the word about the health insurance marketplaces opening Oct. 1.

The White House says Obama told the artists they could help reach young uninsured Americans who will be vital to his signature law's success. Insurers need healthy young customers to help offset the costs of older, sicker consumers.

The group also included representatives for Oprah Winfrey, Alicia Keys and Bon Jovi. Also in attendance were officials with Internet video makers YouTube and Funny or Die, which are working on promotions featuring comedians.

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