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Obamacare Signs Up Its First Dog ... By Mistake

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One man’s Yorkie is reaping the benefits of Obamacare after the Colorado healthcare exchange processed and approved an application in the dog’s name by accident.

Even though he called Connect for Health Colorado to enroll himself, Shane Smith says it was his dog Baxter who received a letter informing him that a health insurance account had been opened for him.

“I thought, ‘Wow, this is so awesome,’” Smith told Fox 13. “They have gone out of their way to insure my 14-year-old Yorkie.”

Smith had called Connect for Health Colorado because his old plan was cancelled due to new Obamacare rules. He says he’s not sure exactly how Baxter ended up being the one insured, but he thinks it’s because of a series of security questions a representative asked him over the phone.

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“There was some kind of code or something, so I gave them my dog’s name,” Smith said. “They must have just put it in the wrong slot or something.”

Considering the problems other people have been dealing with when attempting to enroll, Smith doesn’t think this was too bad.

“It was pretty funny. Typical Obamacare, that they would insure your dog by mistake,” Smith said.

Smith called to correct the mistake quickly.

“They fixed it … I think they fixed it,” he said.

A spokesperson for Connect for Health Colorado released the following statement:

“In general, our letters to customers are generated according to information that is provided by the customer into the system either online or over the phone. In other words, our system does not make up a name when generating a letter. As with any new system, mistakes are possible and when notified by customers, we work quickly to resolve the situation.”

While Baxter the dog had no problem getting enrolled in Obamacare, many human Colorado residents are having no such luck. ABC 7 Denver reported last week that applicants trying to enroll in private insurance might miss the Dec. 15 deadline to have coverage.

Sources: ABC 7 Denver, Fox 13