Unusual coalition boosts health overhaul

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WASHINGTON (AP) — An unusual coalition is betting that President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul law will withstand lawsuits and a Republican repeal drive.

Enroll America, an alliance of industry, health care and consumer groups to be unveiled Wednesday, will lay the groundwork for signing up millions of uninsured Americans to get coverage through the health care law.

Organizers said the coalition got critical seed money from America’s Health Insurance Plans, an industry group that opposed passage of the law. The more than 40 member organizations include AARP, Aetna, the American Hospital Association, United Way and the National Association of Health Underwriters.

The announcement comes a day after the Census Bureau reported that nearly 50 million people had no health insurance in 2010, the highest number since the statistic was first collected.