The Democratic lawmaker supports many of the president's proposals and talked about their potential impact on students and why he thinks reform is important.
The UNC Young Democrats group sponsored the event.
Meanwhile, other people who support health care reform gathered for a rally in downtown Raleigh.
A handful of people held signs and listened to speakers on the steps of the state capitol building.
The liberal group MoveOn.org put together the rally to show support for President Obama's plan.