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HHS puts ObamaCare enrollee in Web ad

The ad is part of a concerted effort by the administration to counter the bad headlines generated by the disastrous launch of the federal site.

The 31-second video posted on Healthcare.gov’s YouTube channel Monday morning features 22-year-old Daniel from Orlando, Fla., who’s attending college for computer science. 

Daniel said he already had health insurance, but wanted to see if Obamacare had a better plan. He said he enrolled in a plan on the new website, which launched Oct. 1. 

“Once I was on the site, it was pretty easy for me to compare plans. I was able to pick a much higher-quality plan, and because of my income as a student, I only pay about $70 a month for it. Getting coverage this good at this price, I’m thrilled. And hey, I’m covered,” he said. 

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“You can be covered, too. Go to the health insurance marketplace at healthcare.gov,” a narrator says. 

HHS has released similar ads in the last few weeks. However, those that are online-only tend to not draw much traffic. 

"New TV ad from HHS on Healthcare.gov. Are they kidding?" tweeted Connor Walsh, digital director for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.). 

Since the three-year-old healthcare law’s insurance exchange was unveiled, the website has experienced numerous technical problems. 

Obama spoke about its problems in a White House speech late Monday morning. 

A few lawmakers have called for HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to resign because of the failed launch. On Sunday, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Sebelius will eventually testify before Congress about the issues. 

Over the weekend, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) also called the law's rollout “unacceptable.”

A senior Obama administration official also said nearly half a million people have signed up for Obamacare so far. 

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