President Obama signed up for Obamacare over the weekend, a White House official said today, but his experience is not quite, you know, typical of what one encounters when trying to do this.
First of all, HE’S NOT GOING TO BE GETTING CARE UNDER THE PLAN HE CHOSE.
Obama, the White House acknowledged, gets his health care through the military. The signup was “symbolic,” the official said, and Obama will pay something under $400 a month just to pretend he’s sharing everyone’s pain.
Second, HE DIDN’T HAVE TO USE HEALTHCARE.GOV.
Obama signed up in on the District of Columbia exchange, which is working about as badly as the federal exchange, except . . .
Third, HE DIDN’T USE THE WEBSITE.
It’s not consistent with national security, apparently, to have the president’s information floating around on an insecure website. As for you, too bad.
Fourth, HE DIDN’T SIGN UP.
An aide went in person and signed him up. Why would the president bother himself with this? As for you, too bad. Plus the press would be demanding “access” which would be inconvenient if something went wrong.
So yes, it was all just “symbolic.” Though, with Obama in Hawaii while an aide signed him up, it seems symbolic of things the White House didn’t intend.