Politico: While Obama vacationed, his staff signed him up for ObamaCare by visiting the D.C. exchange in person

posted at 5:01 pm on December 23, 2013 by Allahpundit

The obligatory follow-up to Ed’s post earlier. When they said O was planning to enroll today, I thought they meant he’d take a break from the links for half an hour to punch in his info on the D.C. exchange website. Upon reflection, though, that was silly. Of course the president’s not going to entrust his vital info to one of these tinpot online exchanges. He knows better than anyone how vulnerable they are; the one he built himself was so grotesquely flawed, his own security team wouldn’t sign off on it. Special procedures would be needed.

I think it’s fitting. By Team Hopenchange’s own admission, Obama signing up for coverage on the exchange is a publicity stunt, a “symbolic” act designed to show that he endorses the product he’s crafted with his own money. 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.

Obama “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 official added.

But Obama did not directly sign up for insurance. Rather, his staff went in person to sign him up, an official told POLITICO.

“Like some Americans, the complicated nature of the president’s case required an in-person sign-up,” the official said. “As you’d expect, the president’s personal information is not readily available in the variety of government databases HealthCare.gov uses to verify identities.”

As translated by John Sexton:

Meanwhile, here’s what the hoi polloi’s being told today about HHS’s new half-assed enrollment deadline of midnight tomorrow:

Within hours of that delay being revealed to the public, however, White House communications official Jennifer Palmieri informed MSNBC’s audience that it would be “dangerous” for consumers to consider tomorrow to be the new deadline, even though it now is. She stressed that the problem-plagued website may fail and leave uninsured users without coverage at the start of the 2014.

So that’s why the new deadline was supposed to be “secret.” They figured that even if the site went down today under the crush of deadline enrollments, it might bounce back tomorrow as some discouraged users peeled off, reducing the traffic load and making it viable for the most dogged would-be enrollees. In other words, they still don’t trust Healthcare.gov enough to issue any full-throated encouragement for people to use it. With good reason, as it turns out.

Exit quotation from Nancy Pelosi: “It’s worth the trouble, it’s going to be a glorious thing.”

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Just like Priceline and eBay…

JohnGalt23 on December 24, 2013 at 11:35 AM

It symbolizes the entire 3rd world status toward which the Pimp in Chief moves the land.

Schadenfreude on December 24, 2013 at 11:35 AM

About a month ago I remember someone testifying at a hearing saying the sight wasn’t even finished yet.

newportmike on December 24, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Interesting how he doesn’t show up in normal databases. Wasn’t there some kerfluffle about his birth certificate and his citizen status or something?

WashingtonsWake on December 24, 2013 at 11:53 AM

So now we can make the following claim about B.O.’s health insurance application: You didn’t build that!

Galtian on December 24, 2013 at 11:58 AM

More BS as we move towards single payer heaven, chaos for the formerly insured and bankruptcy for the insruance companies.
By the way happy hoidays from the regime!
Just don’t get out of line.

rodguy911 on December 24, 2013 at 12:18 PM

If Obama can symbolically sign up for Obamacare, then the rest of us can symbolically pay our taxes next April 15th, oh wait April 15th not good for me, let’s move it back to May 16th to symbolically pay out taxes.

Wallythedog on December 24, 2013 at 12:27 PM

“It’s worth the trouble, it’s going to be a glorious thing.”

Said the witch on her broom, Nancy Pelosi.

Schadenfreude on December 24, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Work harder, fools.

obama needs to give your dough to his bros.

Scroom you vets.

Schadenfreude on December 24, 2013 at 1:09 PM

It is good to be King.

I wonder if one of his minions goes to the toilet for him, since he apparently can’t be bothered to do anything, even of a personal nature, for himself.

LegendHasIt on December 24, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Monty Python couldn’t make this stuff up.

xkaydet65 on December 23, 2013 at 5:06 PM

True, although the “upper class twit of the year” sketch comes to mind.

Erich66 on December 23, 2013 at 5:15 PM

I was thinking more along the lines of the “Brain Doctor” skit, with the Gumbys.


It will be exactly what American medicine will end up looking like, once the progressives start running it.

SubmarineDoc on December 24, 2013 at 3:10 PM

Shoddy, vulgar and nauseating propaganda.

dogsoldier on December 24, 2013 at 4:07 PM

This guy has to go ……………. he is a clueless, narcissistic liar. Hopefully, the even the MSM has finally caught on to his act and will give him hell next year.

Merry Christmas to all …………..

SC.Charlie on December 24, 2013 at 4:56 PM

“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.” -CBS


Akzed on December 24, 2013 at 5:59 PM

Hopefully, the even the MSM has finally caught on to his act and will give him hell next year.

Merry Christmas to all …………..

SC.Charlie on December 24, 2013 at 4:56 PM

We will probably see peace in the Middle East before we see that kind of integrity coming out of the Establishment Press.

Oh well, we can always dream….

And Merry Christmas to you and all as well.

SubmarineDoc on December 24, 2013 at 7:49 PM

Da jerk!

Sherman1864 on December 24, 2013 at 11:55 PM

Tone deaf we much.

Bush was savaged because some reporter thought a turkey he symbolically served to the troops in Iraq was a plastic decoration, which was untrue. Obama makes a completely useless gesture and manages to redefine the words “tone deaf” in doing so, and not a peep of condemnation from the same quarter, who will do their best to help us forget all about it by next week.

drunyan8315 on December 25, 2013 at 1:30 PM

They had to do it in person because on line he would not qualify, his Social Security number would have dumped him. They think the staff will be rewarded for doing this but it just proves the opposite.

mixplix on December 27, 2013 at 11:07 AM

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