Obamacare Enrolls Man's Dog for Health Insurance

Matt Vespa
By Matt Vespa | November 26, 2013 | 9:32 AM EST

For pet owners across the country, you should rejoice! Your pets are eligible for Obamacare benefits. Colorado resident Shane Smith received a letter informing him that his dog, Baxter, was successfully enrolled in the Affordable Care Act.

Smith’s own policy was cancelled under Obamacare, so he decided to enroll with the government’s program.  During the application process, which he decided to do by phone, he was asked several security questions; he used his dog’s name for one of the codes. An error in data collection obviously occurred.

Smith facetiously said, “It’s awesome that they [Connect for Health Colorado] went out of their way to insure my 14-year old Yorkie…it’s typical Obamacare that they would insure your dog by mistake.” 

Smith was able to call and correct the mistake, but he isn’t sure if it was fixed.  Additionally, he thinks he got good coverage under Obamacare, but “who knows if they’re going to take it away…as long as Baxter is covered, that’s all that counts.”