Boehner tries, eventually enrolls in Obamacare
November 21st, 2013
06:10 PM ET
5 years ago

Boehner tries, eventually enrolls in Obamacare

Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner sat at his desk in the U.S. Capitol and attempted to enroll in Obamacare on Thursday afternoon, but was unable to log on, and called his experience "pretty frustrating."

Boehner's office sent out an update that, four hours after he tried to enroll, the Speaker received an email from DC Health Link confirming he had been enrolled.

"The Speaker got a confirmation email about 45 minutes after that blog-post went out. Quite a coincidence," Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said.

In a release from Boehner's office detailing his "first person account," the Speaker logged onto the Washington DC health care exchange, where members of Congress and their staffs are directed to enroll for their new health care plans.

A picture that accompanied the release shows a screenshot of the DC exchange with the message "internal server error."

"Despite multiple attempts, I was unable to get past that point and sign up for a health plan. We've got a call into the help desk. Guess I'll just have to keep trying…" Boehner's original account continues, with another picture of Boehner sitting at his desk looking at his computer.

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soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    Welcome abord !

    November 21, 2013 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S.F.

    I know Boehner does not like to read things, I am also sure he is not aware about his Gold/Platinum policy, and I really doubt he is aware that he saved money. But unlike RWNJs in red states, he is enrolled.

    November 21, 2013 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  3. Tampa Tim

    Boehner is enrolled in Obamacare? He may not be as dumb as he looks.

    November 21, 2013 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Well, at least he found something to do. However, if he and his co-horts would quit jamming the system maybe
    those who really need health insurance could get through.

    Heck of a job Beanie..........

    November 21, 2013 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  5. Tampa Tim

    Boehner knows that 58% of Americans do not want Obamacare repealed.

    November 21, 2013 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  6. Gary

    Thats the most work he's done in 5 years. Why didn't you just pick up the phone?

    November 21, 2013 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  7. Tampa Tim

    6 tenths of one percent do not get to keep their insurance policies, and are not eligible for financial help under the ACA. And the Goopers are going to base their entire 2014 campaign for those 1.5 million people?

    November 21, 2013 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  8. John

    Am sure he tried real hard..............want to buy a bridge in Alaska?

    November 21, 2013 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  9. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Yeah John, dealing with brain dead Republicans is "pretty frustrating" too. BTW, I'm sure this is a photo op, you got some intern to put all your vitals in. Not like you are used to putting in a full work week!

    November 21, 2013 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  10. darknesscrown

    It's a buggy website by a sub-par contractor who used outdated code that was legally hired using contracting protocols effected by Congress itself. All fair bids are given an equal chance to win a contract. The company that screwed this whole thing up, whether by misrepresenting their capability or simple incompetence, screwed up the website. Not Obama. In fact, Obama had nothing to do with the selection of the contract...I know this, because unlike most of you, I've actually procured supplies and services for the government and feel confident saying I know more about this than you do.

    That being said, Obama SHOULD take heat for making claims that he has that clearly weren't true. That's on him. But every single one of you blaming the WEBSITE on Obama are really stupid.

    November 21, 2013 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  11. Gurgyl

    I don't think anything wrong with ACA Law. These Companies cancellations are just GOP ploy. Learn this truth. ACA is a Law. Period.

    November 21, 2013 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  12. Gurgyl

    I bet Mr. Boehner is lot better than Christy, Perry, Paul etc. He is not all that bad.

    November 21, 2013 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  13. Name carl

    Boehner is big fake just like the rest of the GOP..

    November 21, 2013 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  14. Kiki

    Give the system time to work. Implementations take time to work properly. The people who got their insurance cancelled was junk insurance with low coverage. They will find out they get sick when they at the doctor and will that their insurance does not cover certain tests. I believe we can do better in America.

    November 21, 2013 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  15. Peace

    Oh! boy. The way he looks striking that keyboard, he can't even log in leave alone enrolling himself. It might take him a full solid year to complete the assignment.

    November 21, 2013 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  16. airjackie

    Boehner is laughing at how easy it is and people just follow blindly. All Republicans/Tea Party and their staff are all signed on Obamacare while telling Americans to refuse it. One person commented the health care is only for poor people as people with good salaries pay more. Funny since Boehner's salary is 223,000 dollars and he signed on. Smart move to assure insurance companies to continue to get their large fee premiums. What fools the poor Tea Party supporters look like now as their Jesus Senator Cruz even had his staff and his Dad sign up for Obamacare. Rubio made sure his staff and friends signed on while telling others not to sign up. It seems more Conservative Republicans are signing on but just not talking about it. Well it was smart because people still believe Saddam had WMD's and Mushroom Cloud will even Louisiana believes President Obama was responsible for the Katrina mess.

    November 21, 2013 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  17. Jonathon Powelly

    Bully, job well done Johnny!

    November 21, 2013 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  18. ja

    what does he expect instead of getting onboard after the supreme court ruling his cronies tried to repeal and stop calling it obamacare, it is the affordable care act

    November 21, 2013 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  19. Robert N. constant

    He should be able to benefit form the Psychiatric coverage now available , but given his obstructionist record on blocking others from having this plan sooner It is highly improbable he will ever have to consult a cardiologist.

    November 21, 2013 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  20. Rich

    Obamacare is a deliberate fraud. If you voted for Obama, you get what you deserve.

    November 21, 2013 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  21. Just

    Another one signs up but can't complete the task as there is no way to pay. But the number will get counted as a successful enrollment.

    November 21, 2013 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  22. John in md

    4 hrs logging many hours fighting it?

    November 21, 2013 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  23. chuck

    See. So simple even a Republican can do it.

    November 21, 2013 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  24. Skip Glanz

    If Boehner got signed up for AHCA, then the site must work. That will be the first thing he has accomplished as leader of the House. I hope he can keep dong things like helping the American citizens next. nah never happen

    November 21, 2013 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  25. mbw

    No wonder Republicans hate Obamacare so much. They have to enroll in it for their health care like ordinary
    Americans. No more cushy, special, or gold plated health care that they have become used to. So much the better.
    As soon as Republicans have to "eat off the same plate" as the rest of us, then we should see more compassionate
    legislation. Also, their pay should have been docked for the period of time they shut the government down.

    November 22, 2013 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
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