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This is why you should listen to Magic Johnson

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Magic Johnson has continued to show his support for Barack Obama after the former LA Lakers superstar urged young people to sign-up to one of the healthcare plans launched by the current administration.

The NBA legend has been a prominent advocate of the president over the years and hosted a fundraiser last year during which Obama made an appearance. No he has called in a favour from Johnson.

Obama's healthcare reforms have been one of the most controversial aspects of his time as president and he will be hoping the prominent standing of Johnson may encourage some people to change their minds.

Johnson announced in 1991 that he was HIV positive and, as he details in a video released by the White House, would not be where he is today had he no signed-up to a healthcare plan.

"As an athlete, I understood the value of my health insurance. I knew that in my profession, injuries were common and could happen at any time," he explained.

"It was important that I had the insurance needed to protect me in case I got hurt. It's been almost 20 years since my playing days and having health insurance is still important to me.

"All athletes know that a broken bone, or knee surgery can cost a lot, and medical bills can add up. But it doesn't just happen to professional athletes, it can happen to anybody. And, without health insurance, some medical treatments can cost thousands of dollars.

"The good news is, now you can finally get the health insurance you need. The new HealthInsurance Marketplace offers affordable, quality health insurance that can help you get the care you need without risking your life savings.

"The Marketplace is a new, simpler way to purchase health insurance -- all in one place. You can go online to find and compare options, determine if you qualify for lower costs, and enroll in the plan that's right for you."

Johnson was a five-time NBA champion and three-time MVP, playing the whole of his professional career with the Lakers.

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