Leading by example.
If the White House was so confident that “the product is good” and
Americans are “willing to be patient,” then they would have been eager
for a photo op of the president signing up with other happy customers.
But there was no photo op.
And finally, to cap it all off, Obama waited until the last minute to
sign up. If the president was so enthusiastic about signing up for
Obamacare, why wasn’t he customer No. 1 when the exchanges opened in
October? Or when the government relaunched the website in November?
In other words, the president signed up for Obamacare coverage he
does not intend to use, skipped the disastrous website he forced
millions of Americans to navigate, had someone else do the paperwork for
him, chose the cheapest possible plan to avoid the premiums he is
imposing on others and waited until the last possible moment to decide
whether he wanted to cough up $400 a month as a symbolic show of
That’s symbolic all right — but not in the way the White House intended.
If the president really wants to show solidarity with the rest of
America, there is an easy way for him to do so. While he needs to have
doctors on call at all times when he is in office as a matter of
national security, once he leaves office that is another matter. Will
the president agree to give up his free military health care when his
presidency is over? Will Obama live under Obamacare once he is a private
If you believe he will, you probably still think you can keep your doctor.