Remember Chad Henderson, the 21-year-old student and part-time child-care worker from Georgia whom news providers like the Huffington Post, Washington Post, and Politico covered yesterday?
Chad and his father were two of the only people they could find who claimed to have enrolled in Obamacare, and the media went crazy over them. Chad, whom many failed to note was a volunteer for Obama’s campaign, chronicled the surreal experience on social media:
enrolled in #Obamacare just now! Looking forward to having affordable healthcare for the first time! @newschannelnine @WRCB @TimesFreePress
— Chad Henderson (@ChadHenderson) October 1, 2013
Just one day ago, Chad Henderson was Obamacare’s saving grace. The media hailed him as a hero and living proof that the exchanges worked.
“AND THE GREAT NEWS KEEPS COMING IN!,” Henderson announced two hours later. “other officials are still continuing to share my story including staff at CNN and a former adviser to President Bill Clinton!”
BUT HERE’S THE KICKER: IT’S NOT TRUE.
Through Chad’s Facebook page, Reason reporter Peter Suderman tracked down the young man’s father, Bill, whom Chad claimed to have also signed up for Obamacare. Bill told Suderman that neither he nor his son had enrolled yet.
Bill Henderson told me that both he and his son were interested in getting coverage, but that he had not enrolled in any plan yet, and to his knowledge, neither had his son. He also said that when they do enroll, getting the most coverage for the least money would be the goal, and that he expects that he and his son will get coverage under the same plan.
Bill told me that Chad had been looking into plans online. “He told me that there’s different plans. And we haven’t decided which plans to enroll in yet.”
In response to Bill Henderson’s denial of his son’s claims, the Washington Post tracked down Chad (who seems thrilled to further his 15 minutes of fame), and he claimed it was just a misunderstanding:
He told me that he has indeed not purchased coverage but doesn’t believe he was lying. He said he told reporters that he completed an application for coverage and knows what plan he would like to purchase, but has not, as of yet, enrolled in that insurance plan.
So basically, Chad registered with the site and looked at the insurance options but has not enrolled in an Obamacare plan. Hopefully, the media will do its homework next time a wannabe celebrity claims to have done something that no one else could.