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Obama Lunches With Youth Promoting Health Sign-Ups

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US President Barack Obama (C) shares lunch with young outreach activists at The Coupe restaurant in Washington on January 10, 2014. Obama had lunch with five young people who were helping others enroll in healthcare marketplace including Andre Cruise (2nd L), Anne Johnson (L), Jasmine Hicks (2nd R), and Tommy McFly (R). (Photo credit: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama (C) shares lunch with young outreach activists at The Coupe restaurant in Washington on January 10, 2014. Obama had lunch with five young people who were helping others enroll in healthcare marketplace including Andre Cruise (2nd L), Anne Johnson (L), Jasmine Hicks (2nd R), and Tommy McFly (R). (Photo credit: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is lunching with five young people to call attention to the need for young Americans to enroll for insurance through his health care law.

Obama traveled Friday afternoon to The Coupe, a restaurant in a Washington neighborhood that’s popular among young people. He listened as the five advocates described their efforts to spread the word about new health care exchanges. Obama told the group he was proud of what they were doing.

The Obama administration needs millions of Americans, but especially young, healthier people, to enroll in the exchanges to keep prices low for everyone. More than two million overall signed up in the first half of the 6-month enrollment period, but there’s concern that early problems with the website may have discouraged some younger people from enrolling.

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