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Former ‘NSYNC member and new White House HealthCare.gov outreach officer Lance Bass says he accidentally implied that the health care law is actually just a charity.

First he got the URL wrong for the website he was supposed to be promoting (of course), calling it ‘healthcare.org’ in a now-deleted tweet. Then Bass diplomatically corrected the mishap with a follow-up tweet: “Brain fart!! It’s healthcare.gov! I’ve been dealing w too many charities lately!”

Intense Twitter debate immediately sprung up in the tweet’s aftermath over whether Bass meant to call HealthCare.gov a charity or not; many charitable foundations use ‘.org’ web addresses. But maybe the ‘NSYNC prodigy has found something D.C. insiders have missed?

While the White House just doesn’t collect data on who’s signing up for HealthCare.gov, expert consulting firms have been compiling evidence for months that suggests most people who have signed up for Obamacare’s private coverage already had insurance — they just wanted subsidies.

Bass’s comment may just have been an insightful look at the Affordable Care Act as a new charity.

Bass’s involvement is part of the Obama administration’s attempt to get as many Americans as possible to sign up on the exchanges before the deadline, just weeks away.

The administration’s projections and promises about the exchanges have fallen short, as many young Americans say “Bye, Bye, Bye” to HealthCare.gov, tearing up the president’s heart.

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