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Bill Clinton, Obama to discuss health care reform

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President Obama will meet with former President Clinton in New York City next week to discuss health care reform, the White House announced on Thursday.

Press secretary Jay Carney said the two would speak at the Clinton Global Initiative on the "benefits and future of health care reform" on Tuesday.

Carney noted that the discussion would come "one week before the health insurance marketplaces open for business."

The administration is in crunch time in their rollout of the health care law's reforms, with federal and state governments set to begin enrolling consumers in new insurance exchanges beginning on Oct. 1.

Carney said the Obama, Clinton discussion is the latest in the administration's "ramped up public education effort to reach Americans who want to sign up for the new affordable insurance exchanges."

The effort comes as polls show that a majority of Americans remain confused about the law's key provisions and as House Republicans press forward with a spending bill that defunds Obamacare at the risk of a government shutdown.

Both supporters and critics of the health law have launched campaigns to sway public opinion and former President Clinton is one of the high-profile surrogates who have touted the law.

Clinton defended Obamacare during an event at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Ark. earlier this month.

The former president criticized GOP efforts to block the law and said he was "amazed at how much misunderstanding" there was about the nation's health care system.

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