07 June 2013
This weekend's slew of parties may just affect how we buy health insurance in 2013-2014. More urgently, if you're a fan of the following: nachos, Bill Clinton, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, President Obama, and/or gay pride, prepare for the festivities by avoiding the inevitable traffic jams in Los Angeles this weekend.
For those in Los Angeles eager to get to work on Friday morning, Air Force One will land at LAX around 10:30 am. That's right, President Obama makes his return to California since his last appearance on the Tonight Show in Burbank yesteryear. What's his schedule on Friday? Well besides the obligatory trip to In-N-Out, the Commander-in-Chief will fund raise for the Democratic National Convention during a luncheon in Santa Monica (if his burger doesn't spoil his appetite).
Peter Cherin, a former 20th Century Fox executive who oversaw the highest-grossing films in history, Titanic and Avatar, will host the president and guests who paid between $13,000 and $32,000 a ticket to dine and have "special discussions" at his home. It's obvious the president is fundraising for the mid-term elections so Democrats continue their reign in California, but as Obamacare organizers prepare outreach programs this summer, one can't help but speculate Cherin and the president discussing a blockbuster movie that educates us on Obamacare (Affordable Care Act) in 3D!
Bill Clinton and exiting Villaraigosa are hosting their own block party called Celebrate LA at Grand Park this Saturday: the source of nachos provided by fleets of food trucks. LA Pride will aim to outshine the President and Mayor by simultaneously celebrating LBGT culture in West Hollywood just down the street. Since Clinton invited gay icon, Lady Gaga to his birthday bash in 2011, a crossover party is not out of the realm of possibilities.
What does this have to do with health insurance? Covered California, the state's health insurance Exchange, will have to host similar events to gain our attention over the next few months. All walks of life in California will benefit from healthcare reform, including: Latinos, young invincibles, and the LGBT community and Covered California has plans to reach out to each group in their own fashion. Health fairs and outdoor parties catered by Los Angeles' most popular food trucks were drafted by Covered California's board as possible events to educate the public beginning in July.
An integral message at these events will be the incentive to buy insurance through the Covered California marketplace. This incentive is the opportunity to receive tax credits (subsidies) that lower the cost for health insurance for qualified individuals who make between 100 and 400% of the Federal Poverty Level.
Before you party too hard, make sure you're covered. Ask us for affordable health insurance at 818.251.5000!
Have a safe weekend!