By Jonathan Easley - 01/28/14 10:16 PM EST
President Obama used the State of the Union address on Tuesday to urge people to enroll in an ObamaCare health plan by the March 31 deadline.
Speaking in front of House and Senate Republicans who have sought to defund and repeal the law, the president asked parents to get their kids to sign up.
“Tonight, I ask every American who knows someone without health insurance to help them get covered by March 31,” Obama said. “Moms, get on your kids to sign up. Kids, call your mom and walk her through the application. It will give her some peace of mind – plus, she’ll appreciate hearing from you. “
The Health and Human Services Department has said that 3 million people had selected a plan as of last week, but two months of website problems has the administration scrambling to make up for lost time.
Instead, the president focused on the personal stories of people who have benefitted under the law. He singled out Amanda Shelley, a physician assistant sitting in the first lady’s box as a guest of the Obamas, who couldn’t get health insurance because of a pre-existing condition until Jan. 1, when she got an emergency medical procedure with her new ObamaCare plan.