Obama to pay $400 a month for Obamacare

President Barack Obama explains the advantages of almost-universal healthcare while visiting Mid Pacific Country Club in Kailua, Hawaii, Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. (Cory Lum/Pool/Abaca Press/MCT)

President Barack Obama explains the advantages of almost-universal healthcare while visiting Mid Pacific Country Club in Kailua, Hawaii, Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. (Cory Lum/Pool/Abaca Press/MCT)

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.

If you already have healthcare insurance, you are exempt.

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?

More news of good cheer:

Peace on Earth, Good Will Towards Man. (NASA photo, Dec. 24, 1968, during the Apollo 8 mission)

Peace on Earth, y'all. (NASA photo, Dec. 24, 1968, during the Apollo 8 mission)

58 comments Add your comment

Kenman

December 24th, 2013
9:58 am

First of all, sure HE will be paying anything, right! Secondly, as noted here, HE didn’t do anything, his STAFF did! Also, HIS personal information wasn’t trusted on the exchange while OURS is required, and vulnerable, to do anything on it!

And, no one has said what his STAFF was able to do, how long it took, if the info transmitted correctly to any carrier, or if they were able to pay – as these are ALL problems currently causing the poor citizen suckers such headaches and heartaches STILL!

Bongo Fury

December 24th, 2013
10:01 am

What a joke! Obongo should have just used the money to pay the premiums for a poor family. They’re never going to use the insurance anyway.

dave

December 24th, 2013
10:04 am

Really? How stupid do you think we have gotten. This article was a waste time. He pays for nothing, taxpayers foot his bill 24/7

dave

December 24th, 2013
10:05 am

How much did “HE” pay for that round of golf? SMH

leefrommeeks

December 24th, 2013
10:07 am

As President he will have free health care for the rest of his life. More liberal BS that he going to pay for health care. Washington is very, very, broke.. we need to start over from the top down!

Really?

December 24th, 2013
10:21 am

Right, and he is saving Americans who don’t have healthcare too. LOL… OBamaCare is as big a joke as his Presidency…

John

December 24th, 2013
10:22 am

In other news, Obama is spending $5 million on a nice vacation courtesy of the tax payers. Politics do not discriminate, greedy has the same definition whether you’re on the left or the right. But hey, let us focus our attention on Duck Dynasty and Miley Cyrus. Washington is a joke.

Duh

December 24th, 2013
10:23 am

Conservatives complain that our representatives were not enrolling in Obamacare, and now that Obama did, you complain that its a waste of money. Make up your damn minds. Oh wait, no one cares what you all think, you’re a shrinking, intellectually-challeneged minority.

John

December 24th, 2013
10:28 am

@Duh

http://www.businessinsider.com/obama-approval-rating-polls-nixon-2013-12

Summary: Obama’s Current Approval Rating Is The Ugliest Since Nixon. No more free handouts after 2016

Fred

December 24th, 2013
10:39 am

Dear Duh,

Of course they are complaining. They are brain dead little tal radio FOXBOT minions without a lick of brains or self respect. They don’t fix problems they either make them or whine about them. They are incompetent. The goal of the talk radio FOXBOTS for 4 years was to make Obama a one term President……………….. they failed miserably.

Come on now Duh, you TOO can be a brain dead talk radio FOXBOT indoctrinated automaton. Just repeat the following line 3 times (or repeat after someone who can read, real talk radio FOXBOTS have to do that, they can’t read), tap your heels and say, “there are no other Gods before Rush, his Master Rupert, and their goddess Ayn, (Yell the next part, if you can drool or get some spittle to fly out of your mouth while you’re doing so, even better),

OBAMA IS A COMMUNIST, LIBERAL SOCIALIST, COMMIE, GANGSTER, AMERICAN HATING MUSLIM FROM KENYA. BENGHAZI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

There, that’s all you need to know and do to become a NEW card carrying proud Republican, heck if you managed the spittle, you qualify for the tea party. Now all you have to do is listen to WSB talk radio and FOX news 24/7 and repeat anything that you can remember that they say whenever anyone mentions ANYTHING. Remember, it’s all Obama’s fault.

Oh and you have to find a 2nd grade level name to call the President like Obummer, or Odummer, or spell his name with a 0 instead of an O. If you become an republican, it’s not enough to let anyone think you are an idiot, you must strive to erase all doubt………

Fred

December 24th, 2013
10:43 am

Gee John, and what are the approval ratings for the moronic Republicans in Congress? What not even half of Obama’s? Imagine that.

So tell me, how does it feel to be a supported of a party that has no ideas, no plans, just lies and slander and is incapable of beating Obama, not one but TWICE? I mean according to you and your ilk, he’s the worst President ever so how come the best your party could do is find loser that were SUCH losers (and representative of you and your party might I add), that they couldn’t beat the “biggest loser” in our Country’s history? What does that say about you and you whining, butt hurt little buddies?

Dennis

December 24th, 2013
10:43 am

Signing up and actually being required are 2 different things. For you intellectually-challenged you buy a ticket each month but because the bus service is inferior to driving yourself to work. You never ever use the bus pass. (btw if you are going to call someone out on their intellect maybe you should spell challenged right ) I know I am not your intellectual equal ,Please spare me you indignity. I know how you liberals operate with your name calling and disagreeing with anyone you don’t agree with. Such a vile hate filled group of people. @Duh

Susan

December 24th, 2013
11:14 am

Just amazing how people first complained because of website issues for the healthcare, now since it’s up and running now they are complaining because President Obama is paying $400 a month for healtcare for his family. Wow…people are just NEVER satisfied!

Don't Tread

December 24th, 2013
11:24 am

“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.”

Everyone else should be so lucky. The geniuses selected to work on that site have given minimal, if any, thought and effort to securing the personal information on that site, and it’s a huge target for hackers. (And you thought the Target data breach was bad….just wait.) You’ll really wish these people had been selected on merit instead of filling a quota.

By the way, the so-called “economic recovery” (using the term real loosely here) is about to come to a screeching halt real soon when people’s current health care plan rates double or triple next year.

Informer

December 24th, 2013
11:25 am

The whole thing will cease as soon as elections get here, so I am not signing up regardless.

MrLiberty

December 24th, 2013
11:25 am

Anyone else with a bronze plan will face thousands of dollars in deductibles, be unable to find doctors who will take them as patients, and ultimately end up spending more per year than they used to simply taking care of their occasional medical requirements. This is all about publicity for the chronic liar. What we need is for government to get completely OUT of the healthcare industry. Their presence (from protective laws in support of the AMA beginning at the end of the 1800s (yes, that long ago) to their injection of massive monies that have drive prices through the roof with Medicare in the 60s to their creation of HMOs in the 70s to the protectionist bigPharma tool of the FDA to today’s industry killing Obamacare has done nothing but stifle competition, protect failure, drive up prices, and drive down quality (same as will all government interventions). If the republicans actually cared about Americans and actually supported the free market (rather than just giving it lip service), their overturning of Obamacare would be accompanied by massive reductions in government intervention in this marketplace and a restoration of a truly free market in medicine. This will require interventions at state levels too, where protectionist legislation empowers the existing insurance cartels and medical establishment. But I am not holding my breath for the GOP to suddenly embrace the free market. They aren’t libertarians after all.

Another Voice

December 24th, 2013
11:33 am

Kenman, don’t show your ignorance. Every President has that data “secured” – so the Obama administration is not doing anything differently from George W. Or Bush 41. And at least he got up and went to the office and signed up for a plan, which he didn’t have to do, because, again, he has the SAME benefits as all the presidents who came before him.

Some people. Anything that they can spout that is mean or evil or demeaning in the sake of their “cause.” Frankly, I think people on both sides have spewed far too much nonsense. The office of the President, whether held by a Republican, Democrat, or Martian, deserves respect.

Wilma

December 24th, 2013
11:42 am

God bless President Obama and Merry Christmas to baby Jesus!

joe

December 24th, 2013
12:09 pm

Fred, we’ll be praying for you to have a Merry Christmas filled with Christ’s love and blessings for a happy and healthy 2014, no matter how dumb you actually are.

The Austrian Brotherhood

December 24th, 2013
12:12 pm

Here here, Mr. Liberty!
Another well-framed, well-argued, factual, and studied commentary on your part. So unlike the Progressive type with their petty name-calling, child-like emotional and irrational responses. Of course there so mortally gullible, ignorant, and pathetically dependent on the welfare/warfare state (w)hore they think the War Of Northern Aggression was about slavery and Alexander Hamilton was admirable on the rare occasion they even know who the he!! he is.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA…HOHOHOHOHOHOHO…Merry Christmas Mr. Liberty.

Obama

December 24th, 2013
12:21 pm

Duh Fred,

If My Signature Healthcare Is So Great, then Why Was I Not The First One to Sign On? I Should Have Been Proud Of My Healthcare But It Is Not Good Enough For Me. It Is Good Enough For My Worshippers Like Duh, Fred, and Bernie.

Signed,
His Royal Highness
BArrack HUSSEIN Obama

Duh Huh

December 24th, 2013
12:28 pm

And that ceremonious, dog and pony show empty gesture is healthcare just for Oblama, he did not sign his family up because that would have cost him too much $$$ moola.

Those few that still support this charlatan of a president better be glad you are anonymous with such idiotic comments. And y’all need to stop watching Fox News, the ratings are so high because liberals are watching it.

Jack ®

December 24th, 2013
12:29 pm

Obama’s buying healthcare on his site is just another example of his unmitigated arrogance. His handlers are going nuts trying to make their guy look good. And those that still try to show support for him are desperately delusional.

ElStinko

December 24th, 2013
12:31 pm

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ElStinko

December 24th, 2013
12:34 pm

I have said this over and over for the Right Wing Fox Idiots. If we had the TRILLION dollars that was wasted in Iraq over the George W Bush WMD lie we would have enough money to pay for a lot of Free Health Care for everyone. George W Bush was a 24 Caret LIAR!!!

Truth

December 24th, 2013
12:36 pm

The media is so focused on the Target security breach where no one has been affected, but yet they refuse to show you the proof where folks that have enrolled in Obamacare have had their identities stolen. The media protecting Obama at all costs.

ElStinko

December 24th, 2013
12:37 pm

My comments are ElStinko too.

ElStinko

December 24th, 2013
12:38 pm

and the wasted TRILLION dollars in Iraq doesn’t compare to the 4500 lives that were lost in Iraq over the George W Bush lie. It doesn’t include the millions that the tax payers will have to pay for to help support the 100 thousands that were injured and dismembered in IRAQ. Obama can NEVER EVER NEVER NEVER EVER do anything to top that LIAR George W Bush and his WMD LIE.

ElStinko

December 24th, 2013
12:39 pm

I need free healthcare because I am a looser. With a name like ElStinko, what do you expect….

Bumper

December 24th, 2013
12:40 pm

Well I got signed up for the bronze plan just under the wire so I’m all set.

Only thing though, my assigned network care provider is the Jack Kevorkian Medical Clinic. Should I be worried?

vuduchld

December 24th, 2013
12:41 pm

First of all, President Obama did what bottom feeding G no P trolls have yet to do, sign up. Frankly, I’m sick and tired of sniveling idiots like Chaffetz. What is really needed is for all the benefits and perks these jerks feel their entitled to be taken away and replace their bloated salaries with a wage below $7.25/hr. These people are rats, vermin and need to be treated as such. And for you Tea begger trols out there, if you are so confident and smug about wanting Obamacare to fail, so be it, get Fox News to pay for your health insurance, see how far that one gets you!!

ElStinko

December 24th, 2013
12:41 pm

10,000 lives will be lost and Billions will be wasted on Obamacare. Obamacare is a Weapon Of Mass Destruction that was never found either.

The Facts

December 24th, 2013
12:42 pm

I work for Blue Cross Blue Shield and we are not allowed to officially release statistics until enrollment periods are over, but for our customers who are moving from direct purchase to the Obamacare exchanges, 84.7% of them are seeing an increase (so far). The average price increase is 46.9%.

I feel sorry for all the people who don’t know what is coming when they sign up for Obamacare… It is truly the largest tax increase in U.S. History.

it is really sad to see people paying more for their insurance than their mortgage. Wait until this time next year when all the corporate insurance is required to pay the Obamacare tax.

vuduchild

December 24th, 2013
12:45 pm

I am a looser so I can’t get healthcare unless the middle class pay for it. Obama promised I could have whatever I wanted if I voted for him. Where is my FREE STUFF?

vuduchild

December 24th, 2013
12:51 pm

The GOP all got insurance de don’t need ObamaDontCare. I Need FREE healthcare, or me a my chill tins because des baby daddy’s don’t pay of sure. I Best be gettin what I voted of, even tho I did not actually have to go vote.

Amare Sofia

December 24th, 2013
12:52 pm

Obama is paying $400 a month while part-time co-worker of mine is paying $585 a month. This elderly lady will have only $50 left to live on the rest of the month. Where is the justice democrats!

Okra Winfrey

December 24th, 2013
12:58 pm

Obama needs to be saving his money for alimony payments to Michele. We are getting hitched with a prenup in 2016 and my gazillions won’t be going to pay that ex FLOTUS a dime! 400 dollars a months is more than Michele deserves anyway.

Obama loves him some fried Okra and that angry woman won’t let him have all the stuff he likes.

Obama Supporter

December 24th, 2013
1:51 pm

I thot Obamacare wuz gonna be free. Dey wants a preemium an den dey hab a deduck table. I jus go to da free clinik lik I use to do. Obama be a lyin oreo.

Warnings were not heeded

December 24th, 2013
1:55 pm

“Obama is paying $400 a month while part-time co-worker of mine is paying $585 a month. This elderly lady will have only $50 left to live on the rest of the month. Where is the justice democrats!”
– Amare Sofia

Your fellow Americans wanted “change” in 2008 and change is what you are going to get !

America needs to come out of its 5-year trance and realize what is happening to them..

Barry Obama, community organizer

December 24th, 2013
1:58 pm

“Obama needs to be saving his money for alimony payments to Michele” – Okra Winfrey

I got my eyes focused on that sexy prime minister from Denmark. We met at the Mandela funeral and we took some selfies. I think she’s got the jungle fever if you know what I mean.

Rush Limbaugh

December 24th, 2013
2:01 pm

I want Obama care to fail so insurance throw me out when I get sick, I want life time caps so when I am really sick they can tell me that I have used my limit. I want to all the people with Pre-existing condition to suffer. I want Obama care to fail so I can just go to ER so my fellow citizens can pick up the tab.

I really want Obama care to fail.

Bob

December 24th, 2013
2:36 pm

Beyond the unprecedented mandates, new taxes, massive entitlement expansion, unworkable and costly insurance provisions, and its failure to control costs, the new law concentrates enormous power in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). It creates a giant network for the federal micromanagement of health plans, benefits, insurance markets, and unprecedented intervention into the details of health care financing and the delivery of medical care.

The early result is a veritable flood of controversial rules and regulations, administrative decisions, and guidelines directly affecting the lives of millions of Americans. This regulatory regime, administered by unelected bureaucrats, is even more onerous because of the fundamental flaws of the hastily enacted legislation itself, including undefined provisions and unrealistic timeliness. Those with the knowledge, access, and influence with the Administration are more likely to obtain exemptions than those who are not so fortunate.

Ghost of Ronald Reagan

December 24th, 2013
3:02 pm

What a fake Obama is……he made so many promises during the campaign but has failed to keep 99% of them. Of course the liberal media gives him a pass. The best way to tell if Obama is lying is if you see his lips moving. One of his biggest lies is the birth certificate flap. Actually, I do believe he was born in Hawaii. However, Obama Sr. is not his real bio father. Obama, Sr. took the fall for the young teenage white girl named Ann Dunham (BO’s mother) and married her to cover up an illegitimate pregnancy. Plus it kept Obama Sr. in the country legally. BO’s real father is Frank Marshall Davis. Davis happened to be good friends with Stanley Dunham Such good friends in fact he started laying the wood to Dunham’s teenage daughter. Davis was married at the time so in steps Obama Sr to save the day. Once Obama Sr. fled the coop the young BO was mentored by his daddy….Frank Marshall Davis who was a card-carrying died in the wool COMMUNIST. Just GOOGLE Obama’s Real Father and prepare to be shocked. We have a LIAR-In-CHIEF in the White House folks. Those too stupid to realize that deserve what you get.

Rush Limbaugh

December 24th, 2013
3:04 pm

My post at 2:01 was a joke. I don’t want Obamacare to fail, I am just so smart that I know it will. I have been telling all the liberals that listen to me (when they aren’t watching Fox) that Obamacare was destined for a train wreck. Rich people and most of the middle class don’t need Obamacare, because they can afford better and they are already getting better. This design was to make healthcare accessible, not cheaper. Obama’s quote of $400 will result in an actual payment of $600 a month because there are not enough people signing on. In fact, his coverage will be cancelled because even Obama can’t afford Obamacare when the payment comes due.

@ Rush Limbaugh

December 24th, 2013
3:19 pm

People with pre-existing conditions cannot afford Obamacare because it is too expensive. You can get coverage alright for the cancer you have, but the monthly payment is astronomical! I know several people with pre-existing conditions that were quoted over $1000 a month. Why bother. ObamaDontCare is what this should have been called.

CARD1122

December 24th, 2013
3:50 pm

People who pay into the system and do not use the insurance bring down the cost for the rest of us. That’s why young people who don’t get sick help balance the system. His $400 is beneficial. Thanks to Obamacare, the amount of profits insurance companies can make is capped proportionately to how much they spend on actual care. It’s not debatable that something needed to be done with our healthcare system, so if you don’t like something… stop crying and propose an idea.

CARD1122

December 24th, 2013
3:53 pm

@RUSH LIMBAUGH… People with pre-existing conditions before Obamacare COULDN’T GET ANY TYPE OF INSURANCE. You care about “friends” having to pay $1k a month because they had a disease, so you would prefer the old system where they could not get coverage no matter the cost. Makes sense. Liar.

You can tell Obama is Dem...

December 24th, 2013
4:02 pm

…by looking at how he plays golf – left handed…and how come he only as to pay $400 for he and his family of 4 (if he were really paying for coverage, which he is not since they receive coverage via the US military), when it costs just my wife and me almost $800 a month for Obamacare coverage with NO pre-existing conditions?

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Rush Limbaugh

December 24th, 2013
7:11 pm

We need get rid of Obamacare. We want Status Quo.

Who cares that 45 million people are uninsured. We are a christian nation and as as compassionate conservative I don’t care about them. If I can save some money on my premium I don’t want the 45 million to have insurance or medical care. USA, USA, USA, USA