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White House Calls On Hollywood To Help Explain Obamacare

| by Sylvan Lane
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As the United States gets ready for 2014’s implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act—also known as Obamacare—the White House is calling on some of Hollywood’s most influential A-listers to explain the intricate ACA to the American Public.

According to Hollywood Reporter: 

“A group of Hollywood artists, actors, musicians, writers and producers met with President Barack Obama and top White House staff Monday to offer their help informing young people about the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

“Jennifer Hudson, Kal Penn, Amy Poehler, Michael Cera, Funny or Die's Mike Farah, The Talk co-host Aisha Tyler, JASH and YouTube Comedy producer Daniel Kellison, Royal Pains creator Andrew Lenchewski, and singer Jason Derulo attended the meeting, according to administration officials. Also in attendance were representatives for Oprah Winfrey, Alicia Keys, Bon Jovi, NARAS, and The Latin Recording Academy.

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“Entertainment Advisory Council co-chairs Eric Ortner and singer-songwriter-producer Bruce Roberts along with Penn helped organize the gathering with senior advisor Valerie Jarrett, communications deputy David Simas and others.”

“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,” said one White House official to Hollywood Repoter. “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."

While the ACA is slated to go into effect on January 1, 2014, the republican-controlled Congress has been working feverishly to repeal part of it.

According to Fox News, “The House voted last week to delay two key components of the law, the 38th and 39th time they have gone on record in favor of repealing, reducing or otherwise neutering the system that bears Obama's name. In the case of one of the mandates, a requirement for businesses to provide insurance to their workers, the administration announced a one-year delay earlier this month.”

Sources: Hollywood Reporter, Fox News