President Obama Signs Up For Obamacare Plan In Mostly Symbolic Move

“He was pleased to participate in a plan as a show of support,” a White House official said, of President Obama’s selection of a bronze-level health care plan. Obama will continue to receive care through the military.

The president leaving his Hawaii vacation home. Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

President Obama enrolled in the Obamacare health insurance exchanges over the weekend, the White House said Monday. The president selected a bronze-level plan on the D.C. marketplace.

The act largely will serve as a symbolic gesture because the president will continue to receive all his medical care through the military like previous presidents.

“The act of the president signing up for insurance coverage through the D.C. exchange is symbolic since the president’s health care will continue to be provided by the military,” a White House official said Monday. “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 president had to be enrolled in person because his personal information is not in government databases used by the federal exchanges to verify identities of website users.

Obama is currently on vacation with his family in Hawaii.

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Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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