CO Man's Dog Gets Insurance via Obamacare

CO Man's Dog Gets Insurance via Obamacare

It had to happen: ObamaCare is literally going to the dogs.

One dog, at least; Shane Smith, of Fort Collins, says his dog Baxter now has a health insurance account in his name through Connect for Health Colorado. Smith registered with Connect for Health Colorado because, guess what? His insurance was cancelled by Obamacare. The next thing he knew … he got a letter informing him Baxter had a plan.

Smith said amusedly, “I thought, ‘Wow, this is so awesome … They have gone out of their way to insure my 14-year-old Yorkie.” He assumes it was one of the answers to a series of security questions that triggered the canine insurance. He said,  “There was some kind of code or something, so I gave them my dog’s name. They must have just put it in the wrong slot or something. It was pretty funny. Typical Obamacare, that they would insure your dog by mistake.”

Smith isn’t exactly sure if Baxter has been vetted yet, saying, “They fixed it … I think they fixed it.”  But he added that he won’t believe everything has been corrected until he sees it. He concluded, “There’s been a lot of headaches that’s come from all of this. All the phone calls. All the nonsense. They ended up giving me good coverage I think, but who knows if they’re going to take it away. As long as Baxter’s covered that’s all the counts.”

Connect for Health Colorado released this statement:

In general, our letters to customers are generated according to information that is provided by the customer into the system either online or over the phone. In other words, our system does not make up a name when generating a letter. As with any new system, mistakes are possible and when notified by customers, we work quickly to resolve the situation.


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