Obama symbolically signs up for Obamacare
WASHINGTON (AFP) - US President Barack Obama has symbolically signed up for health insurance to promote his own controversial health-care reform legislation, a White House official said on Monday, Dec 23, 2013.
The official said Mr Obama - on vacation with his family in Hawaii for the holidays - signed up over the weekend for "a health-care plan made available by the Affordable Care Act on the DC marketplace." The gesture was a "symbolic" one, the official said on condition of anonymity, as Mr Obama receives health care from the military, as all presidents do. He also has a White House medical team at his disposal.
"But he 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 official said.
The Affordable Care Act, Mr Obama's top domestic achievement to date, is designed to offer insurance to millions of Americans who have never been able to secure it before - some because of pre-existing health conditions like heart disease that insurers were unwilling to cover.