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Health Law’s Supporters and Opponents Working Hard To Woo Young Adults

Enrolling young people in the marketplaces is vital to making those exchanges work, and some critics are trying to keep those healthy people off the exchanges.

Los Angeles Times: Obamacare's Backers And Foes Vie To Recruit Young People
The raucous scene at a University of Miami tailgate party on a recent weekend might have seemed an unlikely spot for a debate over Obamacare. But with six dozen pizzas in hand, the youthful staffers from Generation Opportunity rolled up in Hummers and Ford F-150s to claim their spot. ... Conservative groups including Generation Opportunity — which counts the Koch brothers among its major donors — are trying to push young people away from the exchanges. ... Groups aligned with Obama, such as Enroll America and the Young Invincibles, have marshaled their own teams to find and help sign up young people for plans through the insurance exchanges (Reston, 11/18).

Meanwhile, the president Monday night urged his supporters to help drum up support for the health law.

The Associated Press: Not Just The Website: Obama Asks For Health Enrolling By Mail, On Phone, In Person
President Barack Obama urged his supporters Monday to help Americans enroll for health insurance by mail, in person and over the phone, seeking to tamp down expectations that the error-riddled website will ever be a panacea for the uninsured — even once it's fixed (Lederman, 11/18).

The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire: Obama Seeks Help From Supporters For Health Law
President Barack Obama on Monday sought help from his former campaign supporters in implementing the troubled health law, urging them to get people enrolled in insurance plans and telling them that doing so will save lives. "My main message is, I'm going to need your help," Mr. Obama said in a call with Organizing for Action, previously named Obama for America, the campaign group that helped him win re-election. "As a consequence of that work, you're going to save somebody’s life" (Favole, 11/18).

Los Angeles Times: Obama, Admitting Problems, Asks Backers To Rally For Healthcare Law
President Obama told supporters to tune out the "noise" and the "setbacks" to his floundering healthcare law on Monday as he tried to motivate his network of activists to join a campaign to boost enrollment. During an online call hosted by Organizing for Action, Obama acknowledged problems with the federal health insurance website, saying he believed the bugs and errors on had "created and fed" a lot of misinformation about the law. Obama asked his backers to fight against criticism and spread the word about the benefits of the law (Hennessey, 11/18).

USA Today: Obama To Backers: Don't Depend On Alone
President Obama said Monday that his backers will play a crucial role in whether implementation of his signature health care law is a success. Obama again acknowledged problems with the glitch-plagued website, but framed the battle for his troubled health care law as one he'll fight with his supporters. Obama's comments came in a call organized by Organizing for Action, a political group founded by alumni of his two presidential campaigns (Madhani, 11/18).

The New York Times' The Caucus: Another Website, Another Problem For Obama
Some supporters who tried to log in to hear President Obama defend his embattled health care law on Monday night were unable to hear him because the website of the group behind the call, Organizing for Action, failed to work for them. The website problems were an inconvenient moment for a president who has spent the last six weeks trying to explain the failure of, the online marketplace for Mr. Obama’s Affordable Care Act (Shear, 11/18).

Reuters: Obama: Website To Be 'Easiest Place' To Get Healthcare, Eventually
President Barack Obama urged his supporters on Monday to help get people signed up for health insurance and declared that the troubled website would eventually be the "easiest place" to get care despite its many glitches. Obama has faced one of the biggest political crises of his presidency since the website's rocky rollout last month (11/18).

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