Rep. Stockman: Fake Obamacare Enrollee Accepts Invitation to State of the Union

Alissa Tabirian | October 10, 2013 | 10:43am EDT
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( – Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Tex.) says Chad Henderson, the political activist who falsely claimed to be the first American to successfully enroll in Obamacare, has accepted an invitation to join him at January’s State of the Union Address.

“Chad Henderson is Obamacare personified,” Stockman said in a press release Tuesday. “He pushed Obamacare on other people but refused to buy it himself because he would pay more. He’s practically a Democrat member of Congress.”

“Now when President Obama speaks about Obamacare the media will have someone they can cut to,” Stockman said Wednesday. “I encourage the President to acknowledge him and his story.”

Numerous news outlets interviewed Henderson after he claimed he was the first to enroll when the health insurance exchanges first opened last week. However, follow-up reporting revealed that the 21-year-old part-time daycare worker had not, in fact, enrolled in an exchange, but was merely interested in doing so.

“The national news media made Henderson a celebrity last week by rushing to report his claims he successfully purchased an Obamacare policy. They did not reveal he was actually an activist for Obama’s ‘Organizing for America’ political group,” Stockman said.

Henderson, who described himself in social media as “President at Walker County Young Democrats," later said his remarks were "twisted" and "distorted" by the news media.

Henderson also claims to make a below-poverty income, but last year donated $1,000 to Obama election efforts,” Stockman stated.

“I know Obama can’t wait to personally meet this dedicated supporter. I’m proud to give him the opportunity," he added.


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Stockman also cited findings by the Cato Institute that if Henderson had successfully enrolled in an exchange, “he would be paying 400 percent more for an Obamacare policy than he could find in the private market.”

The website, which reportedly cost taxpayers more than $634 million, has been the object of widespread frustration due to glitcheshacks, and other malfunctions, after which the site was taken down for upgrades.

The Obama administration has not provided data on the number of enrollees thus far, but vowed to release the data on a monthly basis.

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