President Obama over the weekend enrolled in one of the new health insurance exchanges created by Obamacare, a White House aide said Monday.
The White House aide added that, “The act of the president signing up for insurance coverage through the DC exchange is symbolic since the president's health care will continue to be provided by the military... The President selected a bronze plan.”
The White House aide seemed to suggest that the President's decision to choose the bronze plan, one of the cheapest plans available, was due to the fact that the President's enrollment was only symbolic, since he and his family already receive their insurance coverage through the military.
Incidentally, countless Americans, in the individual insurance market, have been dropped from their insurance plans and forced to purchase more expensive plans as a result of Obamacare, but, luckily for Mr. Obama, he was able to choose the plan that he liked... [The government has since revised its rules to let insurance companies, in the individual market, offer the original plans for one more year. After the year is up..., knows.]
The President, however, excluded the First Lady and his daughters from the symbolic sign-up and did not enroll them in the new plan, the White House said.
Apparently, when it comes to symbolic gestures, Obama prefers to make small, token, and less expensive gestures that involve only himself - hence the decision to exclude his family from the insurance exchange.
The President was also spared the pain and agony of having to sign up online via the technically-glitched, security-flawed Obamacare and exchange websites. Instead of enrolling online, a White House staffer went down to the DC exchange and signed up for Obama. A White House official offered the following explanation:
"Like some Americans, the complicated nature of the president’s case required an in-person sign-up. As you’d expect, the president’s personal information is not readily available in the variety of government databases HealthCare.gov uses to verify identities.”
The end result is that Obama's personal information still remains safe and secure, which is more than I can say for the thousands of Americans who sign up online.
Ultimately, all of the above just proves one thing: What's good for the goose is not necessarily good for the gander........