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OFA raffling Obama meeting to boost low Obamacare enrollment

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With the deadline looming for Obamacare enrollment, Organizing for Action is raffling off a meeting with President Obama in order to give a boost to the lagging enrollment numbers.

"We're at a defining moment for the Affordable Care Act — the big enrollment deadline is just weeks away," David Plouffe, Obama's 2008 campaign manager and a former White House advisor, wrote in Friday's OFA email. "Add your name — say you'll help spread the word about getting covered. There's a bonus: Anyone who simply says they'll pitch in will be automatically entered for the chance to meet President Obama backstage at an event in D.C. later this month."

Plouffe added that "Obamacare is helping millions of Americans today have the peace of mind that comes with being covered."

Official White House claims about the enrollment data have come into doubt, though. "If the Avalere report is accurate -- and experts are taking it seriously -- then less than one-third, and perhaps less than one-quarter, of the new Medicaid sign-ups cited by the administration were previously uninsured people gaining coverage because of Obamacare," Byron York observed Friday. "That's a major shortfall."

"It's a surprise because of all the outreach and the fact that Medicaid is free — there is no premium paid by individuals," York quoted health care analyst Bob Laszewski as saying. "This really is perplexing — they can't give it away!"

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