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He did, but he didn't

December 23, 2013 - Craig Howell
President Barack Obama signed up for the health care exchange over the weekend, joining hundreds of thousands (possibly getting close to the low millions) of Americans who signed up hoping for affordable health care.

He apparently selected a bronze level program.

That would be great. A wonderful showcase of his confidence in the Affordable Care Act which is usually known by another term bearing the president's name; Obamacare. The president standing with all other Americans who find themselves without insurance for one reason or another and scrambling to meet the enrollment deadlines.

It would be great, except that the registration didn't really count. It was all symbolic, meaning the president will not be receiving health care through the ACA's exchange programs. Instead, as commander in chief, the president will continue to receive his taxpayer-funded health coverage provided by the nation's military.

Whatever you might think of the effectiveness of the ACA, this was an opportunity for the president to truly stand with the rest of Americans, experience just what the everyday person has to deal with under this program. It was a chance for him to see just how difficult it is to find an insurance program and whether it truly is affordable.

Just because something may look good to someone on paper, doesn't mean it will work exactly that way. The ACA is now the law of the land, for better or worse. If you are going to go through the registration process of obtaining health coverage through these exchanges, it should be taken seriously. Otherwise, you're just wasting people's time.

We don't need this symbolic stuff.


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