About an hour after Boehner’s office claimed the House Speaker couldn’t sign up for the Affordable Care Act coverage on the D.C. exchange, his office confirmed that he had officially enrolled.
Boehner’s office wrote, “Kept at it, and called the DC Health Link help line. They called back a few hours later, and after restarting the process on the website two more times, I just heard from DC Health Link that I have been successfully enrolled.”
Politico reported the District’s exchange, DC Health Link, stated it recently identified some system errors after enrollment.
“We recently discovered the fact that after enrollment, some users have been receiving a random error message,” DC Health Link communications director Richard Sorian wrote in an email. “Despite the message, these individuals have been enrolled. Our call center has been able to quickly resolve these matters. We are working on a system-wide update that will eliminate this soon. Users will be able to verify their enrollment in their secure, online account.”
While Bohener was successful in enrollment of the new plan, it appears he is just trying to make a mockery of the whole thing.
“Guess I’ll just have to keep trying…” his office wrote.
But they never mentioned that unlike constituents, lawmakers have loads of help when it comes to health care. People like Boehner like to boast they have the same enrollment experience as the common American, but it’s all an attempted act to perpetuate the hatred toward the new law. Congress members are given the privilege of “in-person support sessions” by the local exchange and four major insurers. They can also log into a special Blue Cross and Blue Shield website for members of Congress and use a special toll-free telephone number — a “dedicated congressional health insurance plan assistance line.”
It seems as though the Speaker is just trying to rub it in. But simply pointing out the flaws that have already been recognized in the system isn’t actually proactive. It’s just a tad bit childish, as are most of his actions in Washington.