Announcing his enrollment Monday, the White House called it a symbolic show of Obama's support for the fledgling exchanges where millions of Americans must buy insurance or face a penalty. Ironically, it also served as a reminder of just how complex and sometimes daunting the process can be.
Obama, like so many other Americans, couldn't use the website.
"The complicated nature of the president's case required an in-person sign-up," the White House said.
White House officials noted that for security reasons, the president's personal information is not readily available in government databases that the exchanges use to verify identities and check eligibility for tax subsidies.
But millions of other Americans have faced website glitches that made signing up through the exchanges difficult or impossible, particularly in the initial weeks before massive fixes to the site were put in place.
Unable to offer a camera-friendly photo-op of the president breezing through an improved HealthCare.gov, the White House quietly announced on Monday that, sometime over the weekend, aides had enrolled Obama through an in-person enrollment site while the president was vacationing in Hawaii.It's all fake! The website didn't work so he sent someone to sign up for him in person...and he is not going to use the plan. His Obamacare signup is just like those fancy towels my wife put in the guest bathroom, they are just for show. As commander in chief, the President receives his health care through the military, so his new coverage will go unused. So what's the big deal!!
"The president enrolled in a health care plan made available by the Affordable Care Act on the D.C. marketplace," White House spokesman Eric Schultz said in an email.
His kids will not be subject to the same policies, the same limited doctor networks as the rest of us. Most of the Obamacare insurance polices don't include hospitals such as the Cleveland Clinic heart hospital, or the Mayo Clinic or Sloan Kettering..but Obama and his children will have access.
But this President can afford a "symbolic" gesture at $700/month, imagine that. How many of the "regular folk" can afford that? None! Even worse many of us have to pay through the nose thanks to Obamacare.
This is a sham just like most of what this President does.