House Speaker Boehner Finally Enrolls in Obamacare

The four hours John Boehner, the leader of the House of Representatives, spent navigating pay off.

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio)

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Updated, Friday, Nov. 22, 2:20 p.m. ET: It seems that House Speaker John Boehner's Obamacare woes are over. Forty-five minutes after the speaker blogged his frustrations with, he got a confirmation email that he was enrolled, the Associated Press reports. Earlier, the Ohio Republican said he’d spent four hours trying to navigate the website.


House Speaker John Boehner says he’s as unlucky as some other people in the nation when it comes to signing up for Obamacare on the website.

According to the New York Post, Boehner says he tried to sign up using the problem-ridden site on Thursday, but alas, “Like many Americans, my experience was pretty frustrating,” he wrote in an email sent out to reporters. “After putting in my personal information, I received an error message. I was able to work past that, but when I went to actually sign up for coverage, I got this ‘internal server error’ screen.”

The site also repeatedly crashed while administration officials were testifying about it, the Post reports.

The speaker has long opposed the Affordable Care Act, fighting consistently to repeal or at the very least defund it, though he did warn his party against threatening government shutdown in order to stop Obamacare.

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