Gov hopeful Pritzker spends $1 million on Obamacare enrollment ads

Sunday, 05 November 2017, 05:50:11 PM. Enrollment starts Wednesday and runs through Dec. 15 — half the window as in past years.
Obamacare health insurance enrollment kicks off on Wednesday, and in the wake of President Donald Trump draining almost all funding to promote sign-ups, two Democrats and a Republican are stepping up to fill that void. Democratic governor candidate JB Pritzker is paying about $1 million to run radio and digital ads to run all across Illinois. Former President Barack Obama has unveiled his own video to promote enrollment. And even Gov. Bruce Rauner is joining in. Pritzker’s ads, paid for by his gubernatorial campaign, start on Wednesday and will run through the enrollment period, which ends Dec. 15. The site to enroll is www.healthcare.gov. Pritzker, locked in a Democratic primary, is making the ad buy as Democrats at the local and national levels are trying to fill in the gaps caused by Trump’s attempts to dismantle former President Barack Obama’s signature Affordable Health Care Act. On Wednesday morning, Obama’s team released a video Obama made to encourage enrollment as part of a digital campaign. In the spot Obama says, “Hey, everybody! It’s November 1, which means today is the first day to Get Covered for 2018. Healthcare.gov is open for business right now. You can shop for a health insurance plan that’s right for you and your family.   “It only takes a few minutes, and the vast majority of people qualify for financial assistance. In fact, 8 in 10 people this year can find plans for $75 a month or less. That’s cheaper than a lot of cellphone plans.   “And thanks to the...Read more
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