December 23rd, 2013
03:03 PM ET
9 months ago

Obama signs up for Obamacare

(CNN) - President Barack Obama is signed up for an insurance plan through the law that bears his name, the White House said Monday, although the coverage is symbolic.

A White House official told CNN that Obama was enrolled over the weekend through an online insurance exchange created by the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

The move was meant to show the President's support for the marketplaces where consumers can shop for health insurance.

Obama is among the 85 percent of Americans who receive insurance coverage through his employer, the official said.

Like his predecessors, Obama receives all of his health care from the military, with a much-publicized annual physical at the medical facility in Maryland.

"The act of the President signing up for insurance coverage through the D.C. exchange is symbolic since the President's health care will continue to be provided by the military," the official said.

Obama selected a "Bronze" plan and will pay a premium.

Obama did not sign up himself. His staff did so due to the "complicated nature" of handling personal information about the President, a White House official said.

The politically charged health law requires members of Congress and their staffs to either sign up for Obamacare or find another alternative.

–CNN's Bryan Koenig contributed to this report.


Filed under: Health care • Obamacare • President Obama
soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Obama himself has referred to the ACA as Obamacare. My goodness
    -------------------------------------------------
    You continue to paint a not very flattering picture of mental capabilities when you fail to see the difference between referring to something under one name, and the actual name of that something.
    For example we often refer to you as juvenile, or an idiot, but according to you your name is tom.
    Lol!....Sorry..no not really!!

    December 23, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Bah Humbug says the right wing nuts.

    December 23, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "Who cares? Every member of Congress had a super premium deluxe, platinum Cadillac plan, anyway."

    Indeed. And you can bet your bippy that the $400 or so cited by little tommy represents only the employee contribution portion of the premiums being paid for the plans that Congress was receiving. $400+ won't buy you the kind of insurance coverage they were receiving. $400+ was just Boehner's out-of-pocket portion of it.

    December 23, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "you people are soo gullible. actualy believe he signed up.. duh! he will not put his personal information in that broken website. its all photo opt.. what a joke.."

    Do you need to see his long form insurance enrollment papers? Or will you simply move on to Step 4 and accuse them of being forgeries?

    December 23, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Anonymous

    you people are soo gullible. actualy believe he signed up.. duh! he will not put his personal information in that broken website. its all photo opt.. what a joke..
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    " "Did not sign up himself." STOP. That's all that the right wing needs to start yet another of "He LIED" demogoguery. "

    Damn, I'm good. Better than Nostradamus when it comes to the all too predictable right wing.

    December 23, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  6. Tampa Tim

    Are we to feel sorry for Boehner, who makes over $200,000, to have to pay $449 a month?

    December 23, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Thanks for making that point for me Sniffit.

    December 23, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  8. tom l

    @Dutch and Sniffit:
    ""Dutch, sometimes it is better to remain silent and let someone think you are ignorant rather than open your mouth and remove all doubt.

    The current cost for Boehner and his wife? They "pay a monthly premium of $433," said Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck.

    The new plan for the two of them?

    It "would cost $802 per month in premiums," Buck said.

    That is an 85% leap. But, Boehner's wife is about to go on Medicare, so he will get an individual plan. That cost? $449 a month.

    Boehner's office notes he will now be paying more for one person in the Obamacare exchange than he was for two people in the federal employees plan. Deductibles for the Boehners will jump from $700 to about $2,000."

    ===

    Bottom line, by insisting that Congress and their staff be treated differently than everyone else in the country, forced off their employer's health care plans because they're the only people in the country whose employer is now forbidden from providing them health insurance AND because they were forbidden from receiving a subsidy....all because the GOP/Teatrolls through Grassley decided it would be gat talking points to treat Congress and its staff different but then use the MSM's help to turn the entire thing on its head and claim that it was to make sure they were treated the same...all because of that...Boehner is now reaping what he's sown, taking what essentially amounts to a pay cut so he could spew ridiculous misinformation talking points to score partisan political points and thereby live out his spite towards the election of Obama. Forgive me while I fail to weep for him or any of the other GOPers/Teatrolls who brought it on themselves when it was entirely unnecessary and ridiculous for them to carve themselves out from the other 85% of the country that is receiving their insurance through their employer. As for your tears and Boehner's...keep 'em comin."

    ====

    I shed no tears for Boehner. I was just correcting a malicious and false statement and thought it would be good to get some facts on this board. You can blah blah blah all you want Sniffit, but THE bottom line is that healthcare for Mr. Boehner was almost double what he paid before.

    December 23, 2013 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  9. tom l

    @Sniffit
    "it was entirely unnecessary and ridiculous for them to carve themselves out from the other 85% of the country that is receiving their insurance through their employer"
    ===

    It is interesting that you use the "85%" number. Since when did you care what 85% of the country wants or thinks? Considering 85% of people were satisfied with their healthcare before the ACA numbers like that shouldn't mean anything to you.

    December 23, 2013 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    In fact, a little Google goes a long way. Boehner was paying $400 or so before because the gov't was paying the other 72%. His full premium without employer contribution was over $1,000. His premium is less now.

    And no, before you go there, private employers don't contribute less than the federal gov't does to employees' health insurance. They contribute an average of 82%.

    The reality here is that, out of spite, Congress decided to screw itself by treating themselves differently than everyone else in the country and I couldn't care less. Sure, they made the federal gov't the only large employer in the country the only one that has a special carve-out prohibition against providing some of its employees' health insurance, but if the GOP/Teatrolls want to behave like spiteful, petulant pantwetters and the Dems are going to fail to show enough spine to tell them to go to hell, then so be it...enjoy your self-screwing, morons.

    December 23, 2013 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  11. sifto

    Rudy nyc, tampa tim, and dominican mama are the only ones posting on cnn these days–pro administration....

    December 23, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    "Really? That's what you want to complain about?"

    THIS is what YOU want to complain about, tom?
    I mean, like, coming from one of the biggest complainers of all?
    Seriously?

    December 23, 2013 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
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