President Barack Obama is making one last big push to encourage Americans to sign up for health insurance on HealthCare.gov. Young people continue to be the administration's main target, based on his public appearances.
On Friday, Obama spoke on ESPN Radio's “The Herd” with Colin Cowherd. He also taped a show for Ryan Seacrest's “On Air” that will air Monday and was scheduled to be on a Raleigh, N.C., radio show.
Aside from talking sports and pop culture, the president is primarily using the air time to pitch Obamacare. It's the second straight year he's appeared on Cowherd's and Seacrest's shows to discuss the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ahead of a deadline.
Uninsured Americans have until Dec. 15—next Monday—to sign up for coverage on the federal exchange in order for it to go into effect by Jan. 1. Those who don't have coverage by the beginning of the year face tax penalties under the individual mandate provision of the ACA.
However, some state-based exchanges have different deadlines for Jan. 1 coverage. Maryland is giving consumers until Dec. 18 to select a health plan. Four other states—Idaho, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Washington—have a Dec. 23 deadline.