President Barack Obama says enough people have signed up for health care to make his signature law work.
Obama tells medical web site WebMD that the 4.2 million people enrolled for this year, quote, “is already large enough that I’m confident the program will be stable.”
The president acknowledges in an interview posted Friday that the mix of people who sign up is actually more important than the number. More young and healthy people need to enroll to offset the cost of caring for older, sicker patients.
Obama’s 30-minute interview with the health information web site is part of his campaign to get more Americans to enroll before the March 31 deadline to get coverage for this year.
‘Between Two Ferns’ satire talk show a hit
President Barack Obama’s appearance on the “Between Two Ferns” satirical online talk show this week has reached 15 million views.
The website Funny or Die said Friday that Obama’s interview with Zach Galifianakis, posted Tuesday, will likely beat Bieber’s record of 17.8 million views for the show. The pop singer’s appearance was posted in September.
The president’s appearance to persuade young people to sign up for health insurance is a key moment for the Internet, much like Franklin Roosevelt’s fireside chats were for radio and the Kennedy-Nixon debate for television, said Dick Glover, CEO of the comic website started by Will Ferrell.