President Barack Obama’s administration is enlisting celebrities in the effort to pitch the benefits of the Affordable Care Act to Americans. On Monday, what McClatchy news describes as a “slew” of celebrities descended on the White House for a health care strategy session. According to the report, the celebrity recruits will be targeting young people and trying to convince them to purchase insurance in order to fund the law’s expansion of health coverage.
Jennifer Hudson, Kal Penn and Amy Poehler attended as did content creators like Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and YouTube Comedy’s Daniel Kellison, Royal Pains Creator Andrew Lenchewski, morning television veteran producer and Artist Manager, Eric Ortner, Songwriter & Warner Music Group’s Bruce Roberts and Atom Factory founder, Troy Carter.
Also there: producers, managers and representatives for Oprah Winfrey, Alicia Keys, Bon Jovi, NARAS (The Grammys), and The Latin Recording Academy (The Latin Grammys).
“Funny or Die is currently in production on several web videos featuring well-known comedic celebrities and actors,” McClatchy reports. “YouTube is also working on web videos for its recently-launched comedy channels, JASH and Video Podcast Network.”
Senior White House advisor Valerie Jarrett hosted the meeting with celebrities along with a variety of administration officials.
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