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President Obama Promotes Affordable Care Act In Md. Ahead Of Kickoff

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LARGO, Md. (WJZ) — President Obama visits Prince George’s County on a campaign to promote Obamacare.

Starting Tuesday, Marylanders can go online to choose health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Pat Warren reports the president had an audience of supporters.

A roaring crowd of supporters greets the president in Prince George’s County, as President Obama takes aim at Republicans who have been shooting holes in Obamacare, the affordable health care plan intended to see every American insured.

“Knowing you can offer your family the security of health care, that’s priceless. Now you can do it for the cost of your cable bill, probably less than your cell phone bill,” the president said.

While the push back from congressional Republicans who want to eliminate funding for the plan as a condition of passing a new budget is causing gridlock in Washington, the president assures the nation the health act will go forward.

“Part of the reason I need your help to make this law work is because there are so many people out there working to make it fail,” said President Obama. “Once it’s working really well, I guarantee you they will not call it ‘Obamacare.’”

Maryland is in the forefront of the health care transition. You may have seen ads promoting Maryland’s Health Connection.

“Everybody in Maryland’s all logging in and taking a look at the prices. You’ve got new choices,” the president said.

The online signup goes for six months, starting Tuesday. The plan takes effect Jan. 1. Those who already have health insurance don’t have to do anything.

To visit Maryland’s website, click here.

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