In order to boost enrollment numbers, President Obama has launched an Obamacare sign-up contest. Twenty cities have been pit against each other to see which one has the greatest increase in enrollment. Each of them is conveniently run by a Democratic mayor. The winning city will then be visited by Obama.
What a prize.
The president launched the contest in a weekly address on Saturday. In their earlier reporting of the contest, the Hill included a video. The Hill also provided further reporting on the contest on Monday, about how the White House “touts” the contest during a difficult sign-up period.
Obama started off his address by touting the numbers of Obamacare. He also mentioned how it’s open enrollment season, and invited those not yet covered, or who “care about someone who hasn’t gotten covered yet,” to get enrolled “with a few clicks on HealthCare.Gov.”
After sharing the story of an enrollee who had e-mailed him, Obama suggested that enrolling will bring “peace of mind.”
He also touted support for the law while typically dismissing his critics and encouraged those not yet covered to join the other Americans already covered:
What we’re talking about is no longer just a law. And it’s certainly not the myths and scare tactics that the cynics have peddled our way for years. This is reality. This is healthcare in America. And the bottom line is, Americans like it. They’re happy with their plans and they’re happy with their premiums.
So join them. Give it a shot. Check out HealthCare.gov.
Obama then threw mention to the 20 cities participating in the “Healthy Communities Challenge.” To those residents, he wants to see “how many of your neighbors you can get to sign up.” Obama then added how “after all, this country is at its best when we look out for each other and together we can help Americans get the security they and their families deserve.”
The Democratic mayors whose cities are involved have expressed quite the excitement, including and especially Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn.
Tampa Bay Business Journal reported on Buckhorn’s plan to win the contest. During a conference call he mentioned that “there’s nothing mayors love more than a throwdown.” He also vowed to be the city Obama ends up visiting.
Buckhorn considered the first two years of Obamacare to be a success and sees health insurance as both an economic issue and a moral issue.
The 19 other cities include:
- Atlanta, Ga.
- Milwaukee, Wis.
- Charlotte, N.C.
- Nashville, Tenn.
- Chicago, Ill.
- New Orleans, La.
- Dallas, Texas
- Oakland, Calif.
- Denver, Colo.
- Philadelphia, Pa.
- Detroit, Mich.
- Phoenix, Ariz.
- Great Falls, Mont.
- Richmond, Va.
- Kansas City, Mo.
- Salt Lake City, Utah
- Las Vegas, Nev.
- Seattle, Wash.
- Long Beach, Calif.