Magic Johnson Tapped to Urge Young to Enroll in Obamacare

Wednesday, 15 Jan 2014 01:08 PM

By Lisa Barron

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
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.

Story continues below video.



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.

Related stories:


© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Evangelicals With Gay Children Challenging Church

Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 16:00 PM

Rob and Linda Robertson did what they believed was expected of them as good Christians.When their 12-year-old son Ryan s . . .

Frank Yablans, Former Paramount President, Dies at 79

Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 16:00 PM

Frank Yablans, the president of Paramount Pictures during the fertile early '70s era of films such as "The Godfather" an . . .

Central Florida Family Rescued From State Forest

Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 15:58 PM

A central Florida father and four kids are thankful they didn't have to spend a cold night in a state forest after getti . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved