White House: Obama to enroll in ObamaCare today

posted at 11:01 am on December 23, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

So says Valerie Jarrett, but we’ll see. Think the exchange will stay up long enough? Maybe we should start a pool:

President Obama plans to enroll in ObamaCare on Monday, the final day for individuals to purchase insurance so they are covered by Jan. 1.

White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett signaled the president’s intention to purchase coverage in a phone interview with American Urban Radio Networks White House correspondent April Ryan. …

In recent weeks, White House press secretary Jay Carney has said that the president still planned to enroll, but refused to give details of when that could occur.

“I know that he will and has said that he will — the White House has said that he will — but I don’t have an update,” Carney told reporters earlier this month.

Asked what the president was waiting for — and whether his attempt to enroll in the exchange would be open to members of the press — Carney laughed.

“I’ll get back to you,” he said.

Will Obama bring a laptop to the White House briefing room and let reporters watch him as he successfully enrolls in his own health-care program? Don’t hold your breath … and the President shouldn’t hold his, either. He might need it for when he calls into the help line and has to explain his situation a few times, and then gets assistance in filling out a paper form.  Can he use an autopen for that?

This might be tougher than you’d think. Barack Obama will have to enroll through DC Health Link, and that exchange is separate from Healthcare.gov. (If he uses his Chicago home as his residence, he’d use the separate Illinois exchange.) The DC exchange has been so problematic that Congress had to issue an extension to its own staffers two weeks ago.  Our friend and  current Ted Cruz speechwriter Amanda Carpenter provided a colorful account of her own travails on the exchange before finding out that it would be another month before it could be relied upon to work properly.

He’s not going to be alone, either.  Today’s Deadline Day for everyone, and CBS says that Obama’s administration is “scrambling” to avoid another embarrassing collapse:

Efforts range from the practical – a big message on HealthCare.gov that tells people they should enroll by Monday to ensure their coverage starts on time – to the creative: the District of Columbia government dispatched someone from its health exchange, DC Health Link, to one of the city’s gay clubs to sign people up.

After the rocky rollout of the Affordable Care Act’s federal exchanges, which led to very low enrollment numbers in the first month, the administration has been actively seeking ways to ease the sign-up process ahead of the Dec. 23 deadline (people will be able to enroll in the federal exchanges until March 31 to avoid paying a penalty). On Friday, President Obama announced that 1 million people have enrolled for insurance so far – a huge jump from the end of November, when just 365,000 had signed up, but still far short of the administration’s initial target of 3.3 million enrollees by the end of the year.

How confident is the administration of success today? This confident:

Then, on Friday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius wrote to a group of senators saying she will issue a “hardship exemption” from tax penalties for people whose plans were cancelled but were not able to purchase new insurance by the deadline.

They’ll find a way to declare victory no matter what, of course. Getting back to President Obama, he won’t have to worry about his own health care no matter what happens, as Jim Geraghty explains:

This is actually not necessary for the president, as “the President, while in office, has access to treatment by military hospitals and doctors as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. His family, as his dependents, also shares in this benefit. In the past, when Presidents have been sick or injured in office, they have almost always been treated at military hospital establishments. The cost of this treatment is borne by the taxpayers as part of the military budget appropriated by Congress.” As a federal employee, the president has a choice of about ten family plans, but it’s not clear how much, if any, President Obama pays out of pocket:  The Los Angeles Times“The White House medical unit, with a staff of four doctors plus nurses and physicians’ assistants, is steps from his office. Treatment is free for Obama and his family (as well as for the vice president and his family).”

When he leaves office, he’ll get a $200,000 annual pension, from which he can purchase the same coverage from the same choices as other federal employees have. Suffice it to say that his experience today will be much different from all others who are racing to beat a deadline on a system that doesn’t work.

Update (Allahpundit): He and his team have spent three months begging people to enroll ASAP, and … he waits until deadline day to do it himself? What?

Update (Ed, 11:15 am ET): He won’t be using Healthcare.gov … and neither will others trying to get in right now, either:

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While it would be nice if the website crashes while Dear Leader is on it, it would be even better if he signs up, sees the cost, and states, “WTF?! The premiums are THAT high?? Nobody’s going to be able to afford this sh*t! That’s it… repeal!”

Hey, a guy can dream, can’t he?!

Sterling Holobyte on December 23, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Here’s someone else famous signing up.

justltl on December 23, 2013 at 1:47 PM

I find this so insulting.

Alana on December 23, 2013 at 2:11 PM

I just bought all of Obama’s info on a Nigerian website!

profitsbeard on December 23, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Tell……..

avagreen on December 23, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Symbolic enrollment– bronze plan that his staff enrolled him in via the DC exchange….. the wife and kids are not included
Via wapo on Drudge

So he even lies about enrolling

Cripe

cmsinaz on December 23, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Did Carney and Jarrett (to name a couple) sign up yet?

ProfShadow on December 23, 2013 at 2:31 PM

What a joke this clown is, but just enough to allow his network lapdogs to lead their broadcasts tonight with “ZERO SIGNED UP! He bought the bronze plan! Gosh he’s AWESOME!”

Rational Thought on December 23, 2013 at 2:34 PM

BFD. Rat eared punk who throws like a girl clicks a mouse.

BFD.

SparkPlug on December 23, 2013 at 2:37 PM

I wonder what social security number he’s going to use.

IrishEi on December 23, 2013 at 12:06 PM

The same fake one he’s been using. Where did it come from? Connecticut?

http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/47858

dogsoldier on December 23, 2013 at 2:43 PM

Spot on rt

cmsinaz on December 23, 2013 at 2:56 PM

This is easy; they will tell us, with much grinning, that he has successfully signed up. We will never know for sure, though.

I suspect they could actually provide proof if they wanted to, by going through some back-door or something that literally ensures that he *does* in fact get enrolled – but it won’t be through the same avenue/process that everyone else has to use.

Midas on December 23, 2013 at 2:58 PM

He’ll never see a doctor through Obamacare. Never. He receives his primary care at Bethesda Naval Hosipital now, and a few months out of office and he’ll drop his coverage after and be self-insured after establishing a healthcare trustfund, just like any other rich person does.

This is just another Obama lie.

M240H on December 23, 2013 at 3:13 PM

Update (Ed, 11:15 am ET): He won’t be using Healthcare.gov … and neither will others trying to get in right now, either

You mean there was a huge load on the system on the last day people could sign up?

Wow, who could have seen that one coming? (Besides everybody outside of Washington D.C.)

Socratease on December 23, 2013 at 3:26 PM

This is a farce. Of course he was able to enroll, they made sure the site was working. As far as his insurance, he receives care from the military as long as he is president and simply doesn’t need his “Bronze” plan. So what’s the point? What level of moron does he think he’s fooling.

rplat on December 23, 2013 at 3:37 PM

What level of moron does he think he’s fooling.

rplat on December 23, 2013 at 3:37 PM

The 40% of Americans who still approve of the job he’s doing, of course!

Del Dolemonte on December 23, 2013 at 3:50 PM

************** BRONZE PLAN BABYEE *******************

Obama health care law
Barack Obama
1h
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White House confirms President Obama will pay his health care premiums personally and it will run him about $400 a month – @ShawnaNBCNews
see original on twitter.com
============================

Washington, DC, US
2h
More: Obama chose a bronze plan through the DC exchange, a symbolic move since he gets health care from the military as president – @politico

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/obama-health-care-law/

canopfor on December 23, 2013 at 4:02 PM

Thank God. Now he can finally see a doctor about getting his head out of his ass.

Rational Thought on December 23, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Too funny.

COgirl on December 23, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Thank God. Now he can finally see a doctor about getting his head out of his MY ass.

Rational Thought on December 23, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Fixed it for ya.

Simonsez on December 23, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Leading from behind. I think Obama’s trying to trademark it.

MrX on December 23, 2013 at 7:05 PM

I wonder … Did Obama have someone on the federal payroll sign him up, or did he pay to have it done out of his own pocket? I have a problem with this if he used a public servant for his own private purposes. It’s a 300 dollar fine for using official government postage for private use and I wonder what the penalty is for using a public servant for a private purpose…

Woody

woodcdi on December 24, 2013 at 10:41 AM

“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

Sheriff Arpaio, please call your office.

Akzed on December 24, 2013 at 6:03 PM

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