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An Ohio senator and Heisman Trophy winner make a final push for Obamacare
Eddie George joined Sherrod Brown in a conference call focused on Monday's deadline
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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Eddie George, Ohio State standout and Heisman Trophy winner, joined Sherrod Brown in pushing the Affordable Care Act.
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In the final days before Monday’s deadline to sign up for health insurance, supporters are putting on a full-court press – and using other sports figures and analogies – to get people to go online to healthcare.gov. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more.

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Ohio’s U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown has defended the Affordable Care Act since it passed four years ago --  and he races through a list of reasons why. 

“More than 150,000 Ohioans have insurance today that didn’t have it in December. …  Twenty-two-year-olds stay on their parents’ health plan, you can’t deny a family health insurance because a child has asthma or diabetes.  The average senior who’s getting the drug benefit has saved $900. A million seniors in Ohio have gotten benefits from this with all kinds of preventive care at no cost.” 

But for those not responding to the numbers, Brown is offering a more emotional appeal.  Ohio State Heisman Trophy winner and pro-Bowler Eddie George joined him via a bad cell phone connection on the conference call with reporters. 

“I urge anyone out there who hasn’t signed up for this, sign up now because time’s running short.” 

George is one of the former and current pro athletes promoting the Affordable Care Act – targeting especially young, and presumably invincible-feeling, men. LeBron James is another. 

The Obama administration announced this week that anyone who begins registering by Monday will have extended time to complete enrollment. 

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