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Obama To Tout California As Health Law Model

President Barack Obama is slated to speak in San Jose, Calif., about the implementation of the health law and point to the coordination among public and private groups there as a model for the rest of the country. Latinos -- in California and across the nation -- will be one of his target audiences.

CBS News: Obama Looks To California For Health Law Success
Republicans in most of the country are still fighting Obamacare tooth and nail, but President Obama Friday is in one state where the Affordable Care Act has escaped the GOP's obstruction tactics: California. On his second day in the Golden State (where he's attending fundraisers and meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping), Mr. Obama on Friday morning will make a statement about the ongoing implementation of his three-year-old health law and point to California as a model for the rest of the nation (Condon, 6/7).

The Associated Press/Washington Post: Obama Pleads For Californians, Latinos, Young People To Get Coverage Under New Health Care Law
President Barack Obama is making a personal plea to Californians, Latinos and young people to sign up for coverage under the new health care law. Obama on Friday will use his visit to California to highlight how the state is implementing the Affordable Care Act. He also will discuss California's collaboration with non-government groups to promote, primarily to Hispanics, the health care exchanges that are being created to help millions of now-uninsured consumers afford coverage, White House officials said (6/7).

State Of Health: President Obama To Speak In San Jose On Health Law
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" (Aliferis, 6/7).

The Washington Post: California Is The White House's Proof That Obamacare Is Working
President Obama will try to allay anxiety over his signature health-care law Friday during a visit to California, a state that the White House is highlighting as proof that the law is working. With the focus in recent months on the law’s shaky rollout and continuing political battles, the president wants to draw attention to a state that has embraced the law and yielded some good news: Officials in the Democrat-led state recently released figures that show insurers expect to charge lower-than-expected premiums for individual policies sold under the law (Somashekhar and Kliff, 6/6).

San Jose Mercury News: Obama Arrives In Bay Area To Raise Money For Senate Dems, Tout Obamacare
As controversy swirled in the nation's capital about the power of Big Data, President Barack Obama arrived in the heart of Silicon Valley on Thursday to raise money for Senate Democrats and speak Friday about California's success in implementing Obamacare. After Air Force One touched down at Moffett Federal Airfield at 5:40 p.m., Obama emerged from the plane about five minutes later and was greeted by NASA Ames officials and Sunnyvale Mayor Tony Spitaleri and Mountain View Mayor John Inks, among others. The president then shook hands with dozens of invited guests on a rope line, including a few kids dressed in their Sunday best, before being whisked to Palo Alto for a Democratic fundraiser (Richman, Bender, and Eslinger, 6/7).

Modern Healthcare: Obama To Spotlight Calif. Effort Promoting ACA
President Barack Obama today will promote a California effort to educate Americans about the health reform law and insurance coverage enrollment that the administration hopes will serve as a model for other states. In California on Thursday to attend events for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the president continued his trip in the Golden State and is expected to provide a statement about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose around 9 a.m. Pacific Time Friday (Zigmond, 6/7).

ABC News: Obama To Promote Affordable Care Act To Latinos In California
As he travels to San Jose, Calif., today, President Obama will highlight how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will impact Latinos across the country. Obama plans to use the trip to explain how the ACA aims to expand medical coverage for all Americans, and specifically work to improve coverage among the Latino population. More than 10 million uninsured Latinos will qualify for healthcare insurance exchanges through the ACA, according to the White House (Avila, 6/7).

Kaiser Health News: Capsules: Latinos Key To Obama's Health Law Strategy
President Barack Obama, who was re-elected with strong support from the Latino community, is in California today to endorse a plan that focuses on getting Latino Americans signed up for coverage under his health care law (Gold, 6/7).

Bloomberg: Obama Targets Hispanics For Healthier Exchange Enrollees
The Affordable Care Act's initial success next year depends on President Barack Obama's ability to coax at least 2.6 million people who are young and healthy to sign up for health insurance. Hispanics may be the key. About one-third of the young and healthy people the government wants to enroll in new health exchanges live in California, Texas and Florida, a senior Obama administration official told reporters yesterday (Wayne, 6/7).

The Wall Street Journal's Washington Wire: Ohio Complains Of Higher Health-Insurance Premiums
President Barack Obama is heading to California to tout premiums for new health plans that will be sold on the state's insurance exchange. Ahead of that visit, his officials are getting early incoming fire from officials in Ohio, who say that premiums for their state have jumped dramatically because of the health-care law’s new requirements for richer benefits (Radnofsky, 6/6).

The Fiscal Times: Battles Over Obamacare Take On Campaign-Style Fervor
As President Obama prepares to deliver an address in California Friday heralding the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, a political-style campaign is taking shape between supporters who seek to sign up tens of millions of uninsured Americans for new health care insurance – and opponents working feverishly to try again to stop the program in its tracks (Pianin, 6/7).

Politico: House GOP's New Anti-ACA Group
House Republicans are planning a coordinated messaging operation against Obamacare starting this summer. They call it HOAP — the House Obamacare Accountability Project (Haberkorn and Cunningham, 6/7).

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