The NBA legend has shot a video encouraging people, mainly young people, who think theyâ€™re â€œinvincible,â€ to get covered under the health insurance plan.Â â€œGood healthcare is important to me because everyone deserves to have good healthcare.â€ Johnson says.
â€œEarly detection can save peopleâ€™s live and Iâ€™m living proof of thatâ€ he says in the PSA. â€œI would not be where I am without a good healthcare plan.â€ Johnson details getting a physical and discovering the diagnosis. Free yearly preventive exams have been a strong argument in Obamaâ€™s campaign and induction of the Affordable Care Act.
Johnson encourages young athletes to consider injuries and how sports will affect their health in the long run.Â “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 explains.
Johnson has been a strong supporter of Obama. He and wife Cookie JohnsonÂ opened their home in November 2013 for a presidential fundraiser.
â€œMagic has become a prime example of somebody who was blessed with incredible fame and fortune from a sports career and understood his next step is to build institutions and businesses and employ people and go into communities that folks said werenâ€™t worth anything and find that theyâ€™re worth a whole lot if somebodyâ€™s willing to invest in them,â€ Obama said at the fundraiser.