In an exclusive video released by WebMD on Wednesday, President Barack Obama explored the new health care website, healthcare.gov, giving viewers a live demonstration of how to find affordable health care.
"[Healthcare.gov] is a good resource for understanding the new law, and it offers a few simple tools to help you take your healthcare into your own hands," Obama said in the video. "For the first time ever, you can see all your insurance options -- public and private -- in one place."
Using his life "starting out in Chicago" as an example, Obama performed a mock search for insurance using his zip code, family, and income. After finding options, he described the benefits of the website, which was launched on July 1.
"Healthcare.gov comes from the president's track record of using online programs to put information and power in people's hands," Macon Phillips, White House director of new media, told WebMD. He added that the goals of the video were to "show people how easy it is to use. It's also to show that healthcare.gov is a place where people can learn about all of the benefits and aspects of the new health reform law," he said.
The website also allows users to see when the law's various provisions will take effect, and how they will affect health care purchasers.