Santa may be delayed as millions of American parents try to beat the midnight deadline to obtain healthcare coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
Those who sign up by Christmas Day are eligible for coverage beginning Jan. 1, which is a big deal for those with preexisting medical conditions.
Those without insurance who miss the deadline can sign up anytime before March 31, but coverage will delayed. If you don’t sign up by March 31, you may be fined when you file your taxes.
President Obama, as might be expected, has really good insurance with the U.S. military, but over the weekend he was signed up for a “bronze” plan and will pay $400 a month. The president’s annual salary of $400,000 makes him ineligible for subsidies.
According to The Washington Post, White House staffers signed Obama up by visiting the D.C. exchange in person. Obama couldn’t sign up on the troubled HealthCare.gov website because his financial records and other information have been wiped from databases as a security precaution.
Republicans had pressured the president to sign up for his signature legislation.
“I’m glad he did it,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said in The Washington Post. “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.”
I understand PR, but spending $400 a month for healthcare coverage that will never be used is a waste. Why not send that cash to a deserving charity like the National Rifle Association and educate Americans on firearm safety?
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