Congressman Steve Stockman

Representing the 36th District of Texas

Stockman invites failed ObamaCare signup Chad Henderson to join him at the State of the Union Address

Oct 8, 2013
Press Release
'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'

WASHINGTON -- Congressman Steve Stockman (R-TX 36) Tuesday invited fake ObamaCare enrollee Chad Henderson to be his guest at January’s State of the Union Address.  Stockman also urged Obama to join Henderson for a photo opportunity.

“Chad Henderson is ObamaCare personified. 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,” said Stockman.  “I hope Chad will join me at the State of the Union Address so Obama can point to someone who personifies his policies.”

After a nationwide search for one person who had benefitted from ObamaCare turned up nothing, 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.

Most of the mainstream media also failed to later report his father’s admission Chad never actually purchased a plan.  Few, if any, media outlets retracted the false stories.

Henderson’s story was broken by the Chattanooga Times Free-Press, which earlier this year fired an editor for a headline mocking Obama.

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

“He claims he can’t afford health insurance but he’s a four-figure donor to Obama.  I know Obama can’t wait to personally meet this dedicated supporter. I’m proud to give him the opportunity,” said Stockman.

Analysis by the Cato Institute finds had Henderson actually signed up as he claimed he would be paying 400 percent more for an ObamaCare policy than he could find in the private market.

After three hours of trying Henderson claimed he bought a policy that costs $175 a month, or 18 percent of his claimed income.

“Compare that to what Chad could have paid if he bought one of the pre-Obamacare plans still available on eHealthInsurance.com until December 31. The cheapest such plan for someone meeting Chad’s profile is just $44.72 – as little as 5 percent of his annual income and about one-quarter of his Obamacare premium,” Cato Institute’s director of health policy studies Michael Cannon found.

Henderson has not yet accepted his invitation.

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