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Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, speaks with Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to the President, before U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks about the Affordable Care Act at the White House in Washington December 3, 2013. President Barack Obama Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, speaks with Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to the President, before U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks about the Affordable Care Act at the White House in Washington December 3, 2013. President Barack Obama's chief of staff said on Tuesday that more than 1 million new visitors had checked out the HealthCare.gov website on Monday, the first day after a major overhaul of the troubled site used to shop for health insurance required under new reforms. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS HEALTH) - RTX162IC  

Sebelius: Observe MLK Day by signing up for Obamacare

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Caroline May
Political Reporter

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is using the memory of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to encourage Americans to sign up for the troubled Obamacare system.

“As we celebrate the inspirational life of Dr. King, please join us in this historic effort by helping your friends, neighbors, and loved ones get covered through the Marketplace,” Sebelius said of the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Sebelius explained that King’s civil rights leadership extended to advocacy for the poor, and that he was concerned about health care inequality.

“Dr. King memorably described inequality in health care as the ‘most shocking and inhumane’ form of injustice,” Sebelius continued in her Friday statement. “These words continue to resonate, as there is nothing more essential to opportunity than good health.”

According to the HHS secretary, the “Affordable Care Act” has rung in a “new day in health care.”

“Across the nation, millions of Americans are signing up for quality, affordable health insurance through the new Health Insurance Marketplace,” she said.

Last summer, in advance of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, President Obama also pointed to MLK as somebody who would have embraced Obamacare.

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