John Boehner Signs Up for Obamacare

It wasn't easy, either

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Speaker John Boehner in the basement of the Capitol on October 12, 2013 in Washington, DC.

It might have taken him a few hours, but Speaker of the House John Boehner has enrolled for health insurance through the Washington, D.C. exchange website Thursday.

Boehner, who led the Republican opposition to the Affordable Care Act in the House, but is required by federal health care law to enroll in the exchanges, chronicled his sign up travails on his blog.

“Like many Americans, my experience was pretty frustrating,” he wrote, providing screen shots of error messages. The website has been widely criticized for being user unfriendly.

But after a few hours, Boehner noted:

Kept at it, and called the DC Health Link help line.  They called back a few hours later, and after re-starting the process on the website two more times, I just heard from DC Health Link that I have been successfully enrolled.

Boehner’s press secretary Brendan Buck tweeted:

 

19 comments
SmoothEdward1
SmoothEdward1

The good news, Mr. Speaker? Rehab is covered. The bad news? No tanning.

bostondann
bostondann

It has been obvious all along that members of Congress live in a bubble and have no freakin clue as to how the REAL WORLD works. I had a job once where I was hired full time and then spent a good portion of the first MONTH at my new job fighting with the company HR and the insurance company to get my information correct.

rpearlston
rpearlston

Maybe now Boehner will stop trying to kill the ACA.

RobertNguyen
RobertNguyen

Even when we are at work every year it takes us a few days before we can get enrolled again for the next year unless we keep everything the same as the current year.

sacredh
sacredh

If even an idiot and a drunk can do it, imagine how easy it will be for an average person that's sober.

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

Wonderful!  Now, let's see him keep and use it instead of relying on the much much better insurance Congress currently uses.

And, not to make a mockery of the process, I'm not surprised that the effort was frustrating.  As it currently stands, and in my very humble opinion, the whole thing from the program itself to the sign up process, needs to be put on hold for about one more year at least in order for everyone to take a close look at it.  I'm all for scrapping this unbelievable legislation. 

rpearlston
rpearlston

@AlphaJuliette So, many of your country have to wait another year (or more) for real health care insurance.  How many families will be bankrupted in that year because they don't have REAL health insurance?

Ti be absolutely honest, I think that the site crashed because the R's haven't been able to repeal the AXA and therefor did their best, used their best connections, to make certain that the site would crash.  I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if the thinking (?) behind that was to prove that the ACA isn't necessary.  

The sooner that these fixes are done, the sooner that the R's decide that they want to understand that their constituents want and need real health insurance., The sooner your country and your fellow countrymen have real health insurance, the better your country and your fellow countrymen will be.

(BTW, civilized countries have real and universal health care.)

fhmadvocat
fhmadvocat

@AlphaJuliette I think it would be better to revise and reform the ACA rather than scrap it.  We now have 400,000 on Medicaid and so many people has signed up and are receiving the benefits for the plan.  I agree that the ACA is a mess and far from perfect, but at least we are tackling the issue of medical care and costs instead of ignoring it like we did during the Bush administration. 

bobell
bobell

@AlphaJuliette Of course, the reason Boehner had to sign up on the exchange is that Congress chucked its federal insurance when it passed the ACA and forced its members onto the exchanges. The rest of us who have insurance through employers get to keep it except in the unlikely event that the employers cancel he insurance altogether, and only small companies can drop insurance altogether.

You look like another of those critics of the ACA who simply don't understand it.

JimmyLee
JimmyLee

And actually a plan with so many holes and problems. Just like the website would actually be cheaper to scrap then try to address the multitudes of problems. And really we aren't  tackling much of anything considering so many doctors have dropped out of medicare or are being dumped by the insurers. My father who is on military retirement today has to drive 35 miles to see his doctor the only one he could find near where we live. He turns 65 this year and will get medicare coverage as well. Only problem is he now loses his current doctor and has to look for another doctor. He has been calling around all over and cannot find any doctors yet that will accept his military insurance and medicare.  Its very possible he will have to drive 80 miles north to see a Doctor. This is a complete joke. Served his country for 32 years and this is the crap he has to put up with in his senior years.

rpearlston
rpearlston

@fhmadvocat @AlphaJuliette  If I may offer a correction to your final sentence, that's actually since Roosevelt, TEDDY Roosevelt first proposed the idea of universal health care in the US.  It only took most of a century for a highly bastardized health insurance plan to finally be enacted.  Remember that, when first proposed, the ACA was about a single payer system, something that would automatically apply to everyone.

La_Randy
La_Randy

@bobell @AlphaJuliette The funny part is that it was a republican (Grassey) amendment to the ACA that dropped Boehner from his employer's healthcare plan and forced congress into the exchange.

A cynical plot that backfired on the republicans.

rpearlston
rpearlston

@bobell @AlphaJuliette You are so right.  However, I'd suggest that you compare the health insurance that you have through your workplace with what is being offered by the exchange in your area.  It may be that you and your family aren't as protected as you believe.  (It's just a precaution.)

ssspitz
ssspitz

@JimmyLee I am sympathetic to your father's situation, but it is nonsense to apply this isolated anecdote to medicare as a national program.  

The Wall Street Journal article (http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424127887323971204578626151017241898)

reports that 9,539 physicians dropped out last year, but that over 685,000 remained IN medicare.  

It also reports that 81% of physicians accepted NEW medicare patients.

If almost 99% of physicians want to CONTINUE to provide medicare service there must be something correct about it.



JimmyLee
JimmyLee

Yeah exactly you might not have maternity or abortion coverage considering you could be a 45 year old male so make sure you drop your cheaper insurance and get your more expensive Obama coverage today, well maybe tomorrow, or the next day, um wait might be a good time to try again next month.

BobJan
BobJan

@rpearlston @bobell @AlphaJuliette and your reason for precaution is...................have you studied any plans yourself? or have you just noted that because of another's concern? or is it just your opinion?