President Enrolls In Obamacare Exchange

Fulfilling a pledge on last day of sign-up

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President Barack Obama symbolically enrolled in a new health insurance exchange created by the Affordable Care Act over the weekend, a White House aide said Monday.

The news comes on the final day to sign-up for health insurance that takes effect on Jan. 1, though both state and federal exchanges will allow enrollments through the end of March. According to the aide, Obama enrolled in a Bronze-level plan in the Washington, D.C.-based exchange. News of the Obama sign-up was first reported by April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks.

But Obama’s move is only symbolic, because as president he receives coverage from military physicians of the White House Medical Unit.

“Over the weekend and in advance of today’s deadline, the President enrolled in a health care plan made available by the Affordable Care Act on the DC marketplace,” the aide said. “As you all know, the President is one of the 85 percent of Americans who gets his health insurance through his employer and, like previous Presidents, is privileged to receive health care from the military.  The act of the President signing up for insurance coverage through the DC exchange is symbolic since the President’s health care will continue to be provided by the military.  But, he was pleased to participate in a plan as a show of support for these marketplaces which are providing quality, affordable health care options to more than a million people.  The President selected a bronze plan.”

The aide added that Obama only signed himself up, and not the rest of the First Family. Obama also did not enroll through the troubled Healthcare.gov or the D.C. exchange’s website. Aides signed him up in person over the weekend, due to the “complicated nature of the President’s case,” the White House aide said. Some of Obama’s personal information is not readily accessible on the government databases used by the website for identity verification.

According to the D.C. Health Link website, a Bronze-level plan would cost the president between $263.62 and $367.39 per month, depending on the specific plan he selected.

In 2010, as Republicans sought to obligate Obama to participate in the exchanges, the White House said Obama would do so voluntarily.

“The president will participate in the exchange,” then-White House spokesman Reid Cherlin told USA Today.

This post has been updated with comment from a White House aide.

17 comments
haroldlewisblair
haroldlewisblair

another LIE to America-

Obama did NOT signup for OBAMACARE because he has an invalid SSN--his SSN fails the government E-VERIFY program that it uses to validate SSN's- you see Obama's real SSN probably is tied into crimes of his past when his name was Barry Soetoro-and he now uses a SSN of somebody who died in 1890-(Harrison Bounel) to make out his income-tax with-and as we speak a lawsuit is being litigated in California against Obama's fraudulent SSN that he uses-so did you read one word about this in the papers (or TV)? it's because we have a controlled news-media in America that feeds us only what they want us to know- Stalin & Hitler did the same thing- Bottom line is that Obama is the biggest FRAUD in history who is controlled by the people who spent millions to hide his past history-

coloradobob1976
coloradobob1976

I'm not sure whats most embarrassing, President O's empty gesture or the mindless Time coverage.

JillRenshaw
JillRenshaw

The comments on this page tell us all we need to know about TIME's readership.


it's time to close up shop, guys.  If the ONLY PEOPLE that you're reaching are the lunatics, the insane morons, and anti-history haters, the racists, and the lying scumbags, you are obviously doing something very very wrong.

Furtive
Furtive

Of course there are identity verification PROBLEMS, but NOT THE REASON DESCRIBED HERE:

Because his name is BARI MALIK SHABAZZ - ILLEGITIMATE SON OF MALCOM X & teenage Jewish groupie, Joanne Newman , sister of communist Dr. Fred Newman of whom Sotomayor was a protege.

Joanne is alive & well & joined him at a NCAA FINALS GAME IN MARCH. She grew up to be an FBI MOST WANTED DOMESTIC TERRORIST, WHOSE CHARGES WERE DROPPED EX PARTE BY A LOWLY MAGISTRATE IN TH DC courts, in June 2009 shortly after the CORONATION ( inauguration).

Magistrates have no authority to hear motions or dismiss cases - THE FIX IS IN IN THE DC COURT, MORE NOW THAT THE FILIBUSTER HAS BEEN SUPRESSED.

Wouldn't you fix your moms case if you could?

BARI HAS BEEN USING STOLEN SS# of dead people since entering public life. He cut & pasted a phony selective service card inverting the digits 2008, cutting off two & inverting them : to wit "80"-

4 digits, not 2 are required. His birthdate had to be altered to correspond with 80. He is older than 1962, but it had to match:

From the SSDI:

SHABAZZ, B M 28 Oct 1959 Aug 1994 (V) 34 (PE) (none specified) New York ss# 084-54-5926

V = Verified: a report verified with a family member or someone acting on behalf of a family member.” The report is not coded “P”, which would signify: “(Proof): Death Certificate Observed”. In other words, the death was merely claimed: there was no proof offered.

PE = an inconsistency exists between what was reported and what was recorded in the government’s files.

He is a dangerous charlatan in every way.

That is WHY HE WAS NOT IN THE SYSTEM!

Capishe?

YOU INDOLENT JOURNALISTS! Do your diligence or quit!

You deceive us!

You are overpaid for slothfulness.

THE LIE OF THE YEAR?

How about the LIE OF AMERICAN HISTORY?

Barack obama is a serial pathological liar, worse than any satire of Jon Lovitz on SNL!

DENIAL IS NOT A RIVER IN EGYPT.

BillKandravi
BillKandravi

He can not tell you what page you are on he needs a 30 day observation.

wyld61
wyld61

HE COULD NOT COMPLETE BECAUSE HIS IDENTITY WAS UNVERIFIABLE- CHECK THE LATEST- BUUUUHAHAHAHAHAHAHA I LOVE IT

LtColRick
LtColRick

"He’ll continue to get his health coverage through the military while president, but as a gesture of solidarity with Americans, he’s willing to sign up. Granted, he waited until the very last second to do it despite pleading with people for months not to wait. And sure, okay, his special status allowed him to bypass the website and delegate to his subordinates the aggravation of enrollment, unlike the millions of poor saps who had to be patient and keep trying during the Great 404 Meltdown of 2013. But there is one way that O’s walking the walk here: Now he’ll be paying hundreds in monthly premiums for coverage that he’ll never actually use, just like millions of “young invincibles’ who are being forced by the mandate to enroll. Their hard-earned money’s being expropriated to subsidize the sick; now a little of O’s hard-earned money is too. Why, he even bought the same type of plan — bronze — that’s likely to most appeal to young adults because of its relatively cheap premiums, even though the deductible is so high that it’ll discourage some of them from ever seeking treatment except in emergencies.

A perfect ending to an embarrassing three months." - Allahpundit

WilliamRThompsonJr
WilliamRThompsonJr

I wonder what SS# he used? Whatever he used, he just committed another fraud, because the evidence indicates he's not who he says he is, but he's so well protected, it will never matter.

LilianaRawks
LilianaRawks

Alright boys and girls! Our pretend president, just pretended to sign up for Obamacare!!! YAY!!!

Maxwells
Maxwells

What is 'symbolic' is Obama is thousands of miles away from Washington DC on his Hawaiian vacation in a $50,000 rented home as the healthcare deadline approaches, and we're suppose to believe he's just like us and signed-up for healthcare, and he's done it without any cameras capturing the 'symbolic' moment?

Must be they're still searching through old file footage for a photo of Obama sitting in front of a computer without a puzzled look on his face, when they eventually find one, they'll release that as the 'symbolic' photo.

LodgeBrook
LodgeBrook

This should please them who VOTE for a living!


Shear insanity to think Obamah will be standing in line waiting for medical care!

BELIEVE that and you will believe he stood in line for a "FREE" Obama phone!

DemSlow
DemSlow

"Obama’s personal information is not readily accessible on the government databases used by the website for identity verification..."

And that would be because ... 

Obama the Messiah is a Sheep sham

Obama the Snakeoil salesman is a Kool-Aid induced nightmare

Obama the Politician is a Fraud

Obama the Narcissist is beyond ID & Verification

Obama the Man-child is Illegal Alien

Obama the POTUS doesn't exist 

LolliSalinas
LolliSalinas

Well, I am so happy for him.....want to bet he doesn't have to ever use it?  That is one of the perks of being President.

How many Senators and Congress People do you think signed up?  That is also a perk of being a Federal Employee.

Too bad for the rest of us.

It seems to me this might just be a nice little photo op.

curt3rd
curt3rd

Thats one way to try and get the numbers up.

LilianaRawks
LilianaRawks

@LolliSalinas He didn't REALLY sign up, silly. It was "symbolic." Just like his patriotism. It's symbolic.

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

@LolliSalinas Hardly a photo op.

"Aides signed him up in person over the weekend, due to the “complicated nature of the President’s case,”

I suppose it's the thought that counts.  Lol!