HOUSTON — Call them the door-to-door salesmen of Obamacare. A couple of cheerful young men wearing identical T-shirts and carrying a clipboard full of pamphlets walks through a neighborhood near Hobby Airport in southeast Houston.
They fit right into the neighborhood, looking like a couple of fresh-faced college students working on a civic project. They knock on doors, greet the people who live in the homes they visit and deliver a practiced message.
“The Affordable Health Care Act is trying to help everybody out.” one of them tells a woman standing on her doorstep. “Might be able to save a lot of money to help out your family.”
“Tenemos workshops en Denver Harbor,” says the other young man, switching to Spanish for a bilingual conversation.
The woman at the door smiles and laughs, says she’s not exactly political, but she’s curious.
“So like, me, I have a six year old kid,” says Maria Mendoza, launching into an explanation of her family’s situation, including an admission that she doesn’t have any health insurance.
That makes her a prime candidate for the message the door-to-door canvassers are delivering.
Obamacare won’t work without people. The health insurance exchanges established under the Affordable Care Act need clients. So an army of outreach workers deployed across the nation are spreading the word about the law and trying to convince millions of uninsured Americans to sign up.