Obama signs up for Obamacare

2013-12-24 07:29
Barack Obama (File, AP)

Barack Obama (File, AP)

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Washington - US President Barack Obama has signed up for a health insurance plan under the reforms he signed into law, the White House said on Monday.

The rollout of health plans under the Affordable Care Act that are to begin providing services next month has been plagued with difficulties, including flaws and delays in a government website that allowed Americans to shop for health insurance.

The deadline for Americans without health insurance to enrol in plans made available under Obamacare to begin on 1 January was to have been on Monday, but officials have extended the deadline by one day.

Obama receives his health care from the military and will continue to do so, but also signed up for a plan to show symbolic support for the law, a White House official said.

"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 official said.

Obama signed up over the weekend from Hawaii, where he is spending the Christmas holiday with his family. Some 47 million Americans are uninsured.

Obama's 2010 Affordable Care Act aimed to expand coverage to them by requiring people to buy health insurance or face a tax penalty.

It also expanded eligibility for existing government health-care programmes for the poor. Most Americans with health insurance are able to buy it through their employers.
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