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Look Who Is Talking About Obamacare …

The Obama administration is enlisting help in educating the public about the health law from a range of sources -- female bloggers, a comedy website and even the Washington Nationals' presidential mascot.

The Associated Press/Washington Post: Health Secretary Sebelius Urges Female Bloggers To Educate Public About Health Law Benefits
President Barack Obama's administration is courting female bloggers to play a role in a massive campaign aimed at informing the public about the benefits of the new health care law. Over breakfast at a blogging conference Thursday in Chicago, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius asked a banquet hall full of bloggers -- most of them women -- to help spread the word about new health insurance opportunities that begin this fall under the Affordable Care Act (7/25).

The Wall Street Journal's Washington Wire: HHS Drafts Teddy Roosevelt To Promote Obamacare
The Obama administration hasn't found much support among the GOP for promoting health insurance this fall, but they have won over at least one Republican: Teddy Roosevelt. The long-suffering presidential mascot for the Washington Nationals baseball team starred in a video promo last night with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to promote Obamacare. The video aired before the Nationals game last night with the Pittsburgh Pirates (Schatz, 7/24).

The Hill: Comedy Site Eager To Promote ObamaCare
Writers at the popular comedy website Funny or Die are already busy coming up with ideas to spread the word about Obamacare. Mike Farah, the site's president of production, was among the entertainment industry figures who met earlier this week with President Obama and his administration about ways to encourage young people to buy health insurance (Baker, 7/25).

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