President Obama appeased Republicans by signing up for his own namesake health care coverage. Obama purchased a “Bronze” plan through the D.C. exchange with a $400 monthly premium.
Republicans have been putting the pressure on the president to sign up for Obamacare, despite the fact that he already has health insurance through the U.S. military that any American would be envious of.
“I’m glad he did it,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said in an interview Monday. “I’m not going to take a cheap shot at him for signing up. It really wasn’t necessary, but if he didn’t do it we would all bark at him.”
“He’s the president of the United States,” Chaffetz added. “His health care is a little different than the rest of us. We get that.”
A White House official said that while Obama did not personally register for the plan, he was involved in choosing it.
The official said the president “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 deadline to sign up for Obamacare was midnight on Christmas Eve, in order to qualify for coverage beginning Jan. 1. Anyone who missed the deadline can sign up by March 31 for delayed coverage. Failing to sign up by March 31 may lead to a fine.
Those who already have insurance are exempt.
The president is currently relaxing in Hawaii with his family. The White House confirmed that his annual salary of $400,000 a year disqualifies him from receiving a subsidy on his monthly premium.