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Obama To Talk Health Law Importance In Boston As Sebelius Testifies

President Obama will try to bolster the health law Wednesday when he travels to Boston to talk about the law while HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testifies on Capitol Hill about's problems. In the meantime, the White House is busy trying to rally support for the law from congressional Democrats.

CNN: Obama To Talk Obamacare On Wednesday In Boston 
On the same day Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is to testify on Capitol Hill about the Obamacare website problems, President Barack Obama will travel to Boston to talk about the importance of the law, a White House official confirmed to CNN on Sunday. Obama on Wednesday is expected to discuss the ongoing efforts to fix the problems plaguing the website, the official said. The administration has touted Massachusetts' health care law as the model for the Affordable Care Act. Officials point to that state's experience showing how many consumers sign up for insurance only as a deadline approaches. They point out that today, 97 percent of Massachusetts residents have insurance (Bohn, 10/27).

The Washington Post: White House Tries to Rally Congressional Democrats In Support Of Obamacare
By the time President Obama acknowledged on Monday that his signature health-care program had serious problems, it was clear that the political stakes had escalated for the White House. And so that evening, Obama gathered some of the top political advisers from his first term for a strategy session on a range of topics. The president himself spent little time on how to handle the political fallout, arguing that fixing the problems of, the Web site at the heart of the troubles, would take care of that challenge (Eilperin, 10/26).

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