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Texas GOP congressman invites Obamacare posterboy to State of the Union

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Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, has invited Chad Henderson, the man who created a media storm last week by falsely claiming to have registered for Obamacare, to attend the State of the Union address with him. Henderson has reportedly accepted.

In a statement on his website Tuesday, the conservative lawmaker said: "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. I hope Chad will join me at the State of the Union Address so Obama can point to someone who personifies his policies."

WTVC Channel 9, a Chattanooga, Tenn., ABC affiliate tweeted this afternoon: "@ChadHenderson is a local viewer, & he just tweeted us: 'if it's a serious offer..... I accept.'" Henderson's regular account is protected and could not viewed.

Stockman spokesman Donny Ferguson said the congressman was unable to reach Henderson: "We can't find him. But apparently the mainstream media can, so we hope they deliver the invitation."

Henderson became briefly famous, then infamous, when the 21-year-old graduate student and volunteer for the pro-Obama activist group Organizing for America, claimed to have signed up for Obamacare through its exchanges on Oct. 1, their first day of operation. News outlets stumbled over themselves to interview Henderson, since he was thought to be the first verified enrollee.

It was later revealed by Reason magazine writer Peter Suderman that Henderson had not signed up. He subsequently claimed the media did not ask him sufficiently-probing questions and he never misled anyone.

Whether Henderson will accept Stockman's offer and attend the president's State of the Union address in January remains to be seen.

Stockman apparently made the offer as a jab at the Chattanooga Times Free-Press, which the lawmaker claims was the first to report the false news regarding Henderson.

Ferguson explained: "We just want to highlight a typical example of ObamaCare's price hikes and mainstream media reporting."

Nor does Stockman seem to think much of the man he offered to make his guest. "(Henderson) 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,” Stockman said.

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