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President Barack Obama departs his vacation home in Kailua, Hawaii Dec. 21, 2013. (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque) President Barack Obama departs his vacation home in Kailua, Hawaii Dec. 21, 2013. (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)  

Obama signs up for Obamacare, quietly

Neil Munro
White House Correspondent

A White House official said President Barack Obama has signed up for a bronze-level plan in his crashing Obamacare network.

In 2010, Obama signed the law in an televised White House ceremony, and he used to proudly describe his network as Obamacare.

But Monday, his deputies announced the sign-up while Americans were least likely to notice.

Americans are getting ready for Christmas gift-giving and meals, and Obama on a golfing vacation in Hawaii, 3,762 miles away from his D.C. home. Officials have not released any video of the presidential sign-up.

An unnamed White House aide described the low-profile sign-up as an act of solidarity with millions of Americans whose insurance plans and health care are being redesigned by Obama’s deputies.

“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 aide said.

But the official also admitted the sign-up is only symbolic, and will have no practical impact on the health care used by Obama, the first lady and their two kids.

“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,” said the unnamed official.

Unlike at least six million Americans who were forced out of their insurance plans and into Obamacare, Obama won’t be stuck with Obamacare’s lower-quality doctors and hospitals, lengthy appointment wait times and high deductibles.

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