Magic Johnson Tapped to Urge Young to Enroll in Obamacare

Wednesday, 15 Jan 2014 01:08 PM

By Lisa Barron

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Basketball legend Magic Johnson is appealing to young people to register for Obamacare in a new video for the White House.

In the video, posted on the White House website Wednesday, Johnson appears on camera saying, "Young people think they're Superman, like nothing is ever going to happen to them. But trust me—one day something is going to happen and you're going to need a quality health plan, so make sure you get Obamcare."

In 1991, the former point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers made the shocking discovery that he was HIV positive at a time when AIDS was seen as more-or-less a death sentence.

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His Obamacare promotion comes shortly after early data suggests that the administration needs more young adults to sign up in the next three months to help offset skyrocketing costs from older people who have enrolled.

Monday's data showed that just 24 percent of enrollees through the end of last month were in the crucial 18-34 age group.

As a result, Johnson's two and a half minute video could be first in a concerted campaign in the weeks and months ahead.

"Affordable health care is important to me because everybody deserves to have good healthcare, and when you think about it, it saved my life," he said. "If it wasn't for the quality healthcare that I had, and the plan that I had, I probably would've been dead."

Johnson continued, "And what I'm really excited about is the fact that every kid can go get their shots, their check-ups, their physicals. Parents can go get their physicals, because early detection can save people's lives."

Shorter versions of the video will air on ESPN, ABC, TNT and other stations, reports The Hill.

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