Texas Republican Rep. Steve Stockman has invited fallen Obamacare poster boy Chad Henderson to be his guest at next year’s State of the Union. Henderson has indicated he will say yes.
“I hope it’s a serious offer. It doesn’t surprise me that he’s playing games, but I will be in that Capitol come January if he’s serious,” Henderson, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. The young part-time teacher briefly won national acclaim last week as the first recorded person to buy insurance through an Obamacare exchange — only to fall from grace when he revealed he had not actually bought insurance at all. (Related: Obamacare hero Chad Henderson confirms he never purchased health care plan, blames ‘confusion’)
In a press release Tuesday, Stockman called Henderson a “fake ObamaCare enrollee” and “ObamaCare personified.”
The conservative lawmaker said that the 21 year-old Georgia native “pushed ObamaCare on other people but refused to buy it himself because he would pay more.”
“I hope Chad will join me at the State of the Union Address so Obama can point to someone who personifies his policies,” said Stockman, who also described Henderson as “practically a Democrat member of Congress.”
Henderson gained prominence last week by reportedly becoming one of the few Americans to successfully navigate the buggy Healthcare.gov website. (Related: Obamacare Patient Zero: Affordable Care Act site ‘needs to be fixed for sure’)
“Today, on the opening day of ‘ObamaCare,’ me and my dad enrolled in it and got quality, affordable health care insurance for the first time,” Henderson wrote on his Facebook page.
Henderson’s success story was widely touted by the media and was even promoted by the Obama administration, including Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ Twitter account. News outlets reported that after three hours of navigating the enrollment process Henderson was able to get a plan that would cost him $175 a month.
It later emerged that Henderson had not, in fact, purchased any health care plan.
While initial reports pointed out that Henderson was an Obama supporter, his affiliation with Organizing for Action, a pro-Obama grassroots group, was not mentioned. Henderson has volunteered for the group since 2007.