With public opinion polls showing more Americans opposed to his healthcare law, U.S. President Barack Obama is seeking Hollywood’s help to generate enthusiasm for the plan.
The president has recruited a number of popular actors and musicians to tout the Affordable Healthcare Act’s benefits to younger audiences. Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler, actor Kal Penn and singer Jennifer Hudson are among the celebrities who will publicly promote the plan, MediaBistro notes.
A number of entertainment groups have attended meetings with White House officials to coordinate outreach to younger Americans, whose participation in the plan’s healthcare insurance exchanges is critical to their success.
The effort to get celebrity endorsements for the plan comes as a new poll from CBS News finds that 39% of American surveyed want the Affordable Care Act repealed altogether, a new high. Just 36% of those surveyed wanted to keep or expand the law. Overall, the poll found that 54% of Americans disapproved the law.
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