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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Heh

Schadenfreude on December 23, 2013 at 11:01 AM

White House: Obama to enroll in ObamaCare today

Doesn’t he have to apply for citizenship first?

Dr. ZhivBlago on December 23, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Curious to know whose SSN is being used today. ‘Grats, dead person!

Jeddite on December 23, 2013 at 11:05 AM

You know it’s a mess if they don’t use it as a photo op.

Flange on December 23, 2013 at 11:05 AM

He’ll get denied ’cause of a bad SSN.

LtGenRob on December 23, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Must be a pretty upscale golf course to have broadband right on the course.

bsinc1962 on December 23, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Watch, his Identity will now be stolen. We are going to have 45 Barack Obamas purchasing tires on credit tomorrow.

Oil Can on December 23, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Uh huh. Sure. I believe it.

tru2tx on December 23, 2013 at 11:07 AM

If they can just get that damned website up.

Washington Nearsider on December 23, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Prediction:
A successful failure….

Electrongod on December 23, 2013 at 11:08 AM

Doesn’t he have to apply for citizenship first?

Dr. ZhivBlago on December 23, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Absolutely not! The good news is that healthcare.gov, while not actually working for enrollments, will happily point out that you do NOT, in fact, need to be a US citizen to sign up. Oh, sure, you’re supposed to be here legally, but that’s just one of those little minor details like verifying your income and sending your payment to the insurance company and following the actual law that is all optional under Obamacare!

Shump on December 23, 2013 at 11:08 AM

Fittingly, O’bama is doing this on Festivus…

Del Dolemonte on December 23, 2013 at 11:09 AM

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

Would you expect anything but procrastination from this administration…?

JohnGalt23 on December 23, 2013 at 11:09 AM

No photo op just a wh photo to send out to his peeps

Highlarious…

cmsinaz on December 23, 2013 at 11:10 AM

I’d rather see Biden try it.

kcewa on December 23, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Must be a pretty upscale golf course to have broadband right on the course.

bsinc1962 on December 23, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Only the best for His Royal Choomness…

JohnGalt23 on December 23, 2013 at 11:11 AM

I’d just like to slap his face.

avagreen on December 23, 2013 at 11:12 AM

And, kick Jarrett all the way down the road like an empty tin can.

avagreen on December 23, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Even understanding the MSM cheerleading, I used to think these guys knew everything about optics and messaging.

This announcement is hilarious on one level.

Drained Brain on December 23, 2013 at 11:13 AM

The website is down right now. I wonder if he gets to go to the head of the line in the virtual waiting room?

kcewa on December 23, 2013 at 11:13 AM

FailBarry is insulting everyone’s intelligence with this. I mean seriously–is there anybody who is unaware that every POTUS has the best health professionals at his beck and call for life?

ElectricPhase on December 23, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Is the ObamaCare site in Hawaii even working yet?

portlandon on December 23, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Do you have any idea how easy it would be to build a site that was all front end and did nothing? The forms don’t even have to submit anything – the button will just navigate you to the next page.

My money is on The One signing up on a Potemkin Web Site.

Stephen Macklin on December 23, 2013 at 11:16 AM

FailBarry is insulting everyone’s intelligence with this. I mean seriously–is there anybody who is unaware that every POTUS has the best health professionals at his beck and call for life?

ElectricPhase on December 23, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Sadly yes, there are. It’s very difficult to insult the intelligence of his core voters.

kcewa on December 23, 2013 at 11:18 AM

CRAAAAAASSSSSSHHHHHH!

Barack WTF Obama.

profitsbeard on December 23, 2013 at 11:18 AM

I’d rather see Biden try it.

kcewa on December 23, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Does he know the website number?

backwoods conservative on December 23, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Be Honest: Will you believe them when they claim the deed is done?

Mord on December 23, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Prediction:
A successful failure….

Electrongod on December 23, 2013 at 11:08 AM

Thread winner!

ghostwalker1 on December 23, 2013 at 11:19 AM

More….only the lsm and sheeple will believe

cmsinaz on December 23, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Will he be in a onesie?

Chuck Schick on December 23, 2013 at 11:23 AM

I’ll believe it when we hear he’s had his identity stolen 48 hours later.

Rational Thought on December 23, 2013 at 11:25 AM

So King Barack is going to put all his “personal” information out there on a website that even the government won’t say is secure?

Yeah, I give King Barack the Magnificent FIVE Pinocchio’s!

GarandFan on December 23, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Looks like the web site will be down for the day.

Obama and his “Fecal Touch” will assure it.

jukin3 on December 23, 2013 at 11:29 AM

He’s going to enroll while in Hawaii – yeah sure

gophergirl on December 23, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Can we get a picture of Obama staring at the “Sorry we’re busy” healthcare.gov screen like the one he did of JFK? That would be awesome!

tims472 on December 23, 2013 at 11:34 AM

I’d rather see Biden try it.

kcewa on December 23, 2013 at 11:10 AM

..oh, he’ll need it for the substance abuse treatment care.

The War Planner on December 23, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Ooops ….I guess we can’t sign up today…. I’ll claim hardship….. off to play golf
-obama

cmsinaz on December 23, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Fittingly, O’bama is doing this on Festivus…

Del Dolemonte on December 23, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Then let the airing of grievances begin. You might want to sit down, it’ll take a while. :0

Happy Nomad on December 23, 2013 at 11:36 AM

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?

And wasn’t the original deadline on Dec 15? What an ass.

TexAz on December 23, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Cult: “Our cult God needs insurance? gasp”

faraway on December 23, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Stage…production….action….nothing more than another useless propaganda move to enthrall the knee-pad media…I GUARANTEE YOU A CAMERA WILL NOT BE ALLOWED FOR ALL TO SEE THE LAPTOP SCREEN.

hillsoftx on December 23, 2013 at 11:40 AM

It might be better if Sasha or Malia helped him out on signing up, considering how tech savy he is./sarc

ConservativePartyNow on December 23, 2013 at 11:40 AM

You know it’s a mess if they don’t use it as a photo op.

Flange on December 23, 2013 at 11:05 AM

…if it would benifit JugEars…he would even have a photo op…of himself…taking a shit!

KOOLAID2 on December 23, 2013 at 11:40 AM

His signup act will be as real as his birth certificate.

faraway on December 23, 2013 at 11:41 AM

I guess the White House doctor will drop him now, LOL.

Punchenko on December 23, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Oh please…I call BS on this. This is window dressing to placate the “little” people. He’s the President and get’s free medical care for life.

TulsAmerican on December 23, 2013 at 11:45 AM

if it would benifit JugEars…he would even have a photo op…of himself…taking a sh!t!

KOOLAID2 on December 23, 2013 at 11:40 AM

You mean like this?

Flange on December 23, 2013 at 11:47 AM

I’ll believe it when we hear he’s had his identity stolen 48 hours later.

Rational Thought on December 23, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Who’d want it?

M240H on December 23, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Maybe the Jakarta HealthCare exchange will work better for Obama.

simkeith on December 23, 2013 at 11:48 AM

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?

The rat-eared wonder is in Hawaii. But don’t worry, the WaPo had a long explanation about how this is normal and that the lazy stupid coward was getting daily security briefings and updates on Obamacare (if he doesn’t pay attention when in DC how are we supposed to believe he’ll be paying attention with a tee time looming?).

I suspect that there are some supersecret cheat codes to get Obama around the navigational hazards of Obamacare.

Happy Nomad on December 23, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Doesn’t he have to apply for citizenship first?

Dr. ZhivBlago on December 23, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Not necessary. He’s signing up on either the Kenyan exchange or the illegal-immigrant exchange. In either case, it will be trumpeted by the White House as a show of support for other illegal immigrants who are also hiding in the shadows.

BuckeyeSam on December 23, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Who’d want it?

M240H on December 23, 2013 at 11:47 AM

..how many of us would relish the schadenfreude of seeing this crook’s ill-gotten assets sucked out into some Russian mafia’s bank account? Why, he might become so destitute that he’d have to give up his retirement home on Oahu and slink back to the ghetto cesspool that is Chicago after he leaves office.

The War Planner on December 23, 2013 at 11:52 AM

Will he take the subsidy? What a joke. No matter what he signs up for, he will not get the same care as some poor homeless slob.

This is the lie of the soviets.

dogsoldier on December 23, 2013 at 11:52 AM

Obamacare advertising in gay bars and with man-children wearing onesies. Connected dots?

TulsAmerican on December 23, 2013 at 11:53 AM

How much did this website cost again?

WhatSlushfund on December 23, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Will he be in a onesie?

Chuck Schick on December 23, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Drinking a Shirley Temple with an umbrella stirrer.

BuckeyeSam on December 23, 2013 at 11:54 AM

They extended the time to sign up againI cannot stand these people. The level of debauchery and subterfuge that this administration will stoop to. I am not even sure if the devil would even want to deal with them.

ConservativePartyNow on December 23, 2013 at 11:54 AM

White House: Obama to enroll in ObamaCare today

Doesn’t he have to apply for citizenship first?

Dr. ZhivBlago on December 23, 2013 at 11:03 AM

He issued an Executive Order giving himself “natural born citizenship.”

(Just a friendly caution. Any threat of violence against the President of the United States could result in a visit from the Secret Service. I can’t stand obama, but we must protect the Office.)

davidk on December 23, 2013 at 11:54 AM

And he will give himself an exemption afterwards.

TerryW on December 23, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Smoker or non-smoker?

Matticus Finch on December 23, 2013 at 11:57 AM

I suspect that there are some supersecret cheat codes to get Obama around the navigational hazards of Obamacare.

Happy Nomad on December 23, 2013 at 11:49 AM

..ever hear of the story about Bill Gates demoing a pre-release version of MS Office back in the mid-90s? Seems his folks gave him a very shaky build of the product and he managed to tip toe through the presentation avoiding any GPFs — and this was for a hyper-critical audience of skeptics and high profile corporate buyers. When he got back to Washington, it was discovered that the demo was ABSOLUTELY LOADED with more bugs than they even realized at first.

President SHITE FOR BRAINS will have one of those near death experiences, I predict.

But it would be hyper-delicious to see it crash in front of the press.

The War Planner on December 23, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Why does obama need healthcare? He can touch the hem of his own garment and heal himself.

HumpBot Salvation on December 23, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Drinking a Shirley Temple with an umbrella stirrer.

BuckeyeSam on December 23, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Nonsense. That would make him look like a sissy. :0

Happy Nomad on December 23, 2013 at 11:59 AM

If he enrolls in DC will the Obama’s have coverage at home in Chicago? If the family enrolls in Chicago is the rest of the world ‘Out of Network’ and 100% Out of Pocket?

meci on December 23, 2013 at 12:00 PM

But it would be hyper-delicious to see it crash in front of the press.

The War Planner on December 23, 2013 at 11:58 AM

As it has for Sebelius twice. But for Obama “signing up” for health insurance, I suspect they’ve got a video cued up and tell him to pretend to be typing in the information as it pops up on the screen.

Here’s another prediction- Obama will discover that he’s going to be paying less for “better” coverage after enrolling. I guess sometimes it pays to be madder than anybody on your staff.

Happy Nomad on December 23, 2013 at 12:01 PM

I can only guess that the White House would have announced that he had already enrolled if they had been able to do it by now.

J_Crater on December 23, 2013 at 12:02 PM

“I’m sorry Barack, I’m afraid I can’t do that.”

NoFanofLibs on December 23, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Obama is in Hawaii, so I assume he will be purchasing insurance across state lines today.

Ronnie on December 23, 2013 at 12:06 PM

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

IrishEi on December 23, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Breaking: Obama administration quietly extends health-care enrollment deadline by a day

At midnight Monday, the official deadline arrives for Americans to sign up through the new federal health insurance exchange for health plans that begin Jan. 1. But, without any public announcement, Obama administration officials have changed the rules so that people will have an extra day to enroll, according to two individuals with knowledge of the switch.

joekenha on December 23, 2013 at 12:07 PM

I’ll wait for the selfie.

faraway on December 23, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Current time in Hawaii: 07:10

davidk on December 23, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Equine effluvia. Smell it?

mojo on December 23, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Breaking: Obama administration quietly extends health-care enrollment deadline by a day

At midnight Monday, the official deadline arrives for Americans to sign up through the new federal health insurance exchange for health plans that begin Jan. 1. But, without any public announcement, Obama administration officials have changed the rules so that people will have an extra day to enroll, according to two individuals with knowledge of the switch.

joekenha on December 23, 2013 at 12:07 PM

I guess obama couldn’t get signed on, so he’s giving himself another day.

davidk on December 23, 2013 at 12:13 PM

I’d rather see Biden try it.

kcewa on December 23, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Biden signed up while he was watching FDR on TV years ago.

Oldnuke on December 23, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Breaking: Obama administration quietly extends health-care enrollment deadline by a day

joekenha on December 23, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Shhh…don’t tell the insurance companies.

kcewa on December 23, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Several others mentioned this, and I agree… it will be a fake program set up specifically to make it appear that he is able breeze through his sign-up without any issues. Then he’ll read from a teleprompter about how easy it was.

behiker on December 23, 2013 at 12:17 PM

joekenha on December 23, 2013 at 12:07 PM

shocka

more extensions, delays, and waivers coming up

cmsinaz on December 23, 2013 at 12:22 PM

WHY? my opinion will not change. and as president he and his family get instant medical care(which they should).

gerrym51 on December 23, 2013 at 12:23 PM

My money is on The One signing up on a Potemkin Web Site.

Stephen Macklin on December 23, 2013 at 11:16 AM

There is no way they would risk a site crash, what ever they show him doing today will just be for show, it likely he his had a team working on his enrollment for weeks and they will just hit the send button as he finishes his phony photo op enrollment.

Wallythedog on December 23, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Date: Nov. 4, 2014 -

Obama administration quietly extends health-care enrollment deadline by a(nother) day

Thus ensuring continued Democratic control of the Senate.

TerryW on December 23, 2013 at 12:28 PM

The next question: if he succeeds, can he afford the premium?

MJBrutus on December 23, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Current time in Hawaii: 07:10

davidk on December 23, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Now I know why they secretly extended the deadline by 24 hours. It will take him more than 17 hours to sign up.

faraway on December 23, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Just got off the phone with a woman who slipped and fell, injuring herself a few months ago. She applied for ObamaCare and got her first bill. A $987 premium for crappy coverage.

What a joke. One less Obama Voter LMAO~!!

Key West Reader on December 23, 2013 at 12:33 PM

whew…dear leader has another 24 hours to sign up…
/

cmsinaz on December 23, 2013 at 12:34 PM

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

IrishEi on December 23, 2013 at 12:06 PM

The one from Connecticut, of course.

Key West Reader on December 23, 2013 at 12:34 PM

One less Obama Voter LMAO~!!

Key West Reader on December 23, 2013 at 12:33 PM

I enjoy the schadenfreude each and every time I hear one of these stories :-)

MJBrutus on December 23, 2013 at 12:37 PM

#1. Why wasn’t he the first to sign up instead of waiting for the last day to do so?

#2. How do we even know he’s actually doing this? The “website,” as it will appear on his laptop, could just be a simple program that simulates the online experience and looks like successful enrollment no matter what he clicks on. How do we confirm actual enrollment?

#3. Why is Michelle not joining him?

CurtZHP on December 23, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Bold prediction: Congress–the people who foisted this scheme on the American public in the first place–gets a permanent hardship deferment due to affluenza.

Christien on December 23, 2013 at 12:44 PM

I know it seems wrong, but I went ahead and went to healthcare.gov and let my 2year old try to sign up. If nothing else, I’m taking up bandwidth the President might be trying to use. Heh heh heh.

eyesights on December 23, 2013 at 12:49 PM

#1. Why wasn’t he the first to sign up instead of waiting for the last day to do so?

Ah, come on, you racist. Cut the guy a break! Townhall is reporting the deadline has been extended until tomorrow, so you see, he didn’t wait until the last day to sign up.

That is, unless he decides he can fit in a few rounds of golf today and sign up tomorrow…

CJ on December 23, 2013 at 12:58 PM

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

IrishEi on December 23, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Michelle’s

kcewa on December 23, 2013 at 1:02 PM

He extended his deadline…golfing first.

Schadenfreude on December 23, 2013 at 1:02 PM

I wouldn’t be so quick to dismiss this as a fake.

It could be he NEEDS 0bamasurance (I don’t call it 0bamaCare, because there is no care involved).

He needs it due to a preexisting condition.

No sane insurer wants to sign up someone with AIDS, and I believe that 0bama has it.

LegendHasIt on December 23, 2013 at 1:08 PM

embrace the suck barry.

crosshugger on December 23, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Like Stalin spending a week in the Gulag. It should be enlightening for the God-Emperor.

KirknBurker on December 23, 2013 at 1:15 PM

FailBarry is insulting everyone’s intelligence with this. I mean seriously–is there anybody who is unaware that every POTUS has the best health professionals at his beck and call for life?

ElectricPhase on December 23, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Sadly yes, there are. It’s very difficult to insult the intelligence of his core voters.

kcewa on December 23, 2013 at 11:18 AM

These are the same bewbs that think socialism makes everyone equal.

In other words, hard core liberals.

kim roy on December 23, 2013 at 1:36 PM

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

profitsbeard on December 23, 2013 at 1:38 PM

FailBarry is insulting everyone’s intelligence with this. I mean seriously–is there anybody who is unaware that every POTUS has the best health professionals at his beck and call for life?

ElectricPhase on December 23, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Sadly yes, there are. It’s very difficult to insult the intelligence of his core voters.

kcewa on December 23, 2013 at 11:18 AM

These are the same bewbs that think socialism makes everyone equal.

In other words, hard core liberals idiots.

kim roy on December 23, 2013 at 1:36 PM

FIFY

Del Dolemonte on December 23, 2013 at 1:38 PM

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