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President Obama to Speak in San Jose on Health Law

Remarks expected to focus on outreach and enrollment to Latinos, young people

President Obama at a White House ceremony in February. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

President Obama at a White House ceremony in February. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

President Obama is expected to deliver remarks about the ongoing implementation of his signature health law, the Affordable Care Act, Friday morning in San Jose.

Last month the state’s health insurance marketplace, Covered California, released preliminary plans and premiums they expect to offer. Average premiums for these plans were lower than had been anticipated. Senior administration officials say they are “encouraged by what we see in California” in terms of “competitive choices.”

Starting Jan. 1, most Americans will be required to have health insurance or pay a fine. Under the health law, many Americans will be eligible for subsidies to help them buy health insurance.

Administration officials say the goal is to enroll 7 million people nationwide and that “it’s important that we get 2.6 to 2.7 million young, healthy people.” These younger, healthier people are necessary in a large pool of enrollees to spread risk and avoid the possibility that insurance rates will spike in the future. One in three of these young people are in just three states: California, Texas and Florida. Continue reading