First lady Michelle Obama visits Miami to promote Affordable Care Act

MIAMI — First lady Michelle Obama met and spoke with residents about enrolling for health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplaces in Miami on Wednesday afternoon.

With less than four weeks left to enroll in the Affordable Care Act's insurance exchanges by the March 31 deadline, the Obama administration's outreach and enrollment efforts have kicked into high gear with President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and other high-profile White House officials fanning out across the country.

In Miami, Michelle Obama joked that she just happened to be in the neighborhood and then spoke about getting people — especially young people and minorities — enrolled.

"In the African-American community, unfortunately, one in five of us are not insured,'' she said, "and the numbers are no better in the Hispanic community.''

Obama added that federally qualified health centers, such as the Jessie Trice Community Health Center where she visited, will play a key role in the future.

"Because of your work,'' she said, "we've got 4 million people who have signed up for health care, and that is a milestone.''

The first lady said that the average adult pays about $100 a month for health insurance.

"That's a pair of gym shoes, that's less than a cellphone bill," she said.

First lady Michelle Obama visits Miami to promote Affordable Care Act 03/05/14 [Last modified: Thursday, March 6, 2014 12:19am]

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