exchange offices over the weekend to get him enrolled. Obama selected a bronze plan the cheapest of four categories, below platinum, gold and silver, that designate how much of overall health-care costs are covered by an insurer. Thus Obama is paying $5,000 a year out of pocket for a plan that a White House official said was merely symbolic. The president 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, said an official who was kept anonymous in a statement issued by the White House. For weeks, Republicans on Capitol Hill have prodded Obama to sign up for coverage under the new law and as they view it share in the suffering of other Americans. Don Stewart, a spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), noted that Obama had the option to keep the plan he had, along with access to the doctors and hospitals he was comfortable with. Brendan Buck, a spokesman for House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), said: Americans are looking for a lot more than symbolic gestures. This law is a train wreck, and no one should be forced to take part in it. But one of the House Republicans leading the charge against the health-care law, Rep.
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Obama signs up for health care plan, White House says
President Barack Obama enrolled in a less expensive option offered by his healthcare reform plan in a show of support for the law before a signup deadline Monday, the White House said. Obama chose an individual “bronze” plan on the Washington, D.C., exchange, at a cost of less than $400 a month – a bargain for a man who earns $400,000 a year running the United States. Related: Health care signup deadline extended by 1 day Obama will pay the monthly premiums, a spokesman said. But, like other U.S. presidents, he will continue to receive health care from the military, and has a personal physician for himself and his immediate family. “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 White House said. Obama and family are vacationing in Hawaii. The president’s staff signed Obama up in person through the capital city’s exchange, which is known as “DC Health link.” Fourteen states also run their own exchanges separate from the federal marketplace as part of the Affordable Care Act.
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