Obama, Clinton promote healthcare reform ahead of Oct 1 start
NEW YORK (REUTERS) - President Barack Obama teamed up with his one-time rivals Bill and Hillary Clinton on Tuesday to highlight the benefits of US healthcare reform, a week before one of the controversial law's key elements, new insurance exchanges, go live.
Mr Obama, who was in New York for the UN General Assembly, joined the former president for a talk-show-like session at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) conference and urged Americans to become informed about measures designed to ensure millions of uninsured Americans get coverage.
The White House has battled Republican efforts to discredit the law, known as Obamacare. The House of Representatives passed a bill last week that would fund the US government beginning Oct. 1 only if the law is ransacked.
Seeking to allay fears and reduce confusion, Mr Obama urged Americans to tune out naysayers and inform themselves directly by reading the website healthcare.gov before signing up for affordable care.