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Bill Clinton Enlisted To Promote Health Law

The former president will speak about the overhaul Sept. 4 at his presidential library in Little Rock, Ark. Media outlets also explore the activities of two nongovernment groups reaching out to people who will be able to shop for insurance in new online marketplaces opening Oct. 1.

The Associated Press/Washington Post: White House Enlists Bill Clinton’s Help As Key Phase Of Health Care Nears
The White House is enlisting former President Bill Clinton's help in explaining President Barack Obama’s health care law as a key phase of the reform nears. Clinton will speak about the law on Sept. 4 at his presidential library in Little Rock, Ark. His remarks come less than one month before the public can start signing up for the health care exchanges, which will be crucial to the law's success or failure (8/28).

The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire: White House Enlists Bill Clinton To Sell Obamacare
President Barack Obama has tapped former President Bill Clinton to raise awareness about the nation’s health care law as the White House grapples with how to explain the new complex regulations to the public. Mr. Clinton will speak from his presidential library in Little Rock, Ark., about the health-care law on Sept. 4—just one month before insurance marketplaces created under the Affordable Care Act take effect, the Clinton Foundation said in a press release (Favole, 8/28).

Bloomberg: Bill Clinton Enlisted By Obama To Promote U.S. Health Law
Bill Clinton agreed to lend his weight to President Barack Obama’s effort at educating people about the U.S. health-care overhaul, a helping hand needed to combat confusion as key parts of the law begin Oct. 1. Clinton, a two-term U.S. president who left office in 2001, will promote the Affordable Care Act in a Sept. 4 speech from his museum in Little Rock, Arkansas, according to a statement today from his philanthropic foundation (Wayne, 8/28).

The Washington Post: How Organizing For Action Spent The August Recess, By The Numbers
For many, August is a time for rest and relaxation. For members of Organizing for Action, it is a time for more than 2,000 rallies. That’s according to a new memo by the group's executive director Jon Carson, which members will receive Wednesday morning. According to the missive, titled, "The Undeniable Success of 'Action August,'" the group pressed its case for issues including health care, immigration reform, climate change and gun control in a myriad of communities across the country (Eilperin, 8/29).

The Hill: Enroll America Using School Events To Push Obamacare Exchanges
A group charged with bolstering enrollment in ObamaCare's new insurance exchanges is taking advantage of the back-to-school season to advance its effort. Enroll America is encouraging exchange enrollment at fall events around the country like back-to-school fairs and backpack giveaways, the group said Wednesday (Viebeck, 8/28).

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