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President Obama enrolls in Obamacare

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President Obama signed up for the health law's new insurance exchanges, the White House announced on Monday.

Obama signed up for a bronze-tier coverage plan on the District of Columbia exchange over the weekend, at the start of his two-week vacation in Hawaii, according to a White House official.

The White House though characterized the enrollment as “symbolic” noting that President Obama already received health care from the military. But the official said Obama was “pleased to participate in a plan as a show of support.”

The president’s enrollment in the program follows through on his pledge to participate in his signature domestic achievement, which has experienced a troubled rollout and declining public support.

Shortly after the law's passage in 2010, a White House official said Obama would enroll in the insurance exchanges set up under Obamacare. In recent weeks, the administration had sidestepped questions about when exactly the president would do so, but insisted he would.

Monday marks a key deadline in the rollout of Obamacare: it is the last day for consumers to sign up if they want to have coverage beginning on Jan. 1, 2014.

The deadline comes amid the rocky rollout of the healthcare.gov website, which was plagued with technical problems which prevented many consumers from registering and also damaged Obama's standing and support for his health care reforms.

The administration responded with a new enrollment drive, a tech surge to repair the website and by delaying a number of deadlines to ensure that more Americans can get coverage by the start of 2014.

Obama is currently in Hawaii for his annual Christmas vacation with his family.

This story was published at 10:01 a.m. and has been updated.

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