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Hollywood targeted to give health care law a boost

November 4, 2013 • Entertainment


In this on Aug. 30, 2012 photo provided by the University of Southern California, Martin Kaplan, a professor at the university’s Norman Lear Center, poses for a photo on the campus in Los Angeles. The California Endowment, a private foundation that is spending millions to promote President Barack Obama’s signature law, recently provided a $500,000 grant to the Lear Center to ensure TV writers and producers have information about the Affordable Care Act that can be stitched into plot lines watched by millions. (AP Photo/University of Southern California, Kim Manresa).

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The health care overhaul might get a Hollywood rewrite.

The California Endowment, a private foundation that is spending millions to promote President Barack Obama’s signature law, recently provided a $500,000 grant to ensure TV writers and producers have information about the Affordable Care Act that can be stitched into plot lines watched by millions.

The aim is to produce compelling prime-time narratives that encourage Americans to enroll, especially the young and healthy, Hispanics and other key demographic groups needed to make the overhaul a success.

“We know from research that when people watch entertainment television, even if they know it’s fiction, they tend to believe that the factual stuff is actually factual,” said Martin Kaplan of the University of Southern California’s Norman Lear Center, which received the grant.

The public typically gets as much, if not more, information about current events from favorite TV programs as mainstream news outlets, Kaplan said, so “people learn from these shows.”

California Republican strategist Jonathan Wilcox, who has taught a course on politics and celebrity at USC, said the attempt to Login to read more

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