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Obama, Bill Clinton To Tout Law In Joint Appearance

The two are slated to appear together Tuesday afternoon to discuss the health care law at an event sponsored by the Clinton Global Initiative, the former president’s foundation, exactly one week before open enrollment begins in new insurance marketplaces.

The Washington Post: Health-Care Push Brings Bill Clinton, Obama Together, With Political Benefits For Both
In one of his first acts as President Obama's new health-care adviser, Chris Jennings traveled to Harlem last month to pay a visit to his old boss, Bill Clinton. Armed with a PowerPoint presentation detailing how the new health-care law will go into effect, Jennings made his pitch: Obama needs your help, both to persuade millions of uninsured Americans to sign up for coverage and to combat Republican attempts to undermine the law (Rucker, 9/23).

The Associated Press: Health Law Reuniting Obama, Bill Clinton
Health care is reuniting President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton. The two are set to appear together Tuesday to discuss Obama's health care law at a session sponsored by the Clinton Global Initiative, the former president's foundation (Superville, 9/24).

Politico: President Obama, Bill Clinton Begin Health Care Rollout
President Barack Obama will kick off his administration's six-month rollout of Obamacare during a "conversation" Tuesday with former President Bill Clinton. With the Obamacare insurance exchanges set to open Oct. 1, the White House is deploying the president, first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Cabinet secretaries to encourage consumers to sign up for coverage before enrollment closes March 31, 2014 (Budoff Brown, 9/23).

Bloomberg: Obama Enlists Clinton In Promoting Health-Care Law
U.S. President Barack Obama will use an international conference hosted by former President Bill Clinton tomorrow in New York to kick off what the White House is calling an aggressive campaign to promote Obamacare. With congressional Republicans trying to use the budget and the federal debt ceiling as leverage to strip funding for the president's health-care law, Obama is seeking to promote its benefits one week before Americans can begin signing up for insurance coverage under the measure (Lerer, 9/23).

Meanwhile, a new poll shows that 59 percent of Americans are opposed to defunding Obamacare if it means defaulting and shutting down the government --

The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire: Poll: Americans Lean Against Defunding Obamacare
According to a new CNBC poll, 59% of Americans are opposed to defunding Obamacare if it means defaulting and shutting down the government and 19% are in favor of it. Eighteen percent of people polled were unsure. In regards to solely defunding Obamacare, 44% of Americans were against it and 38% were in favor, according to the poll, done by Hart-McInturff, the same pollsters that do the Wall Street Journal-NBC News polls. Broken down by gender, 47% of women are against defunding Obamacare and 33% are in favor (Prang, 9/23).

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