A reporter proposed a deal to White House press secretary Jay Carney: How about Obama "delay Obamacare for a year if Republicans would agree to delay heart attacks for a year?"
“A few years ago, I was uninsured and I wasn’t able to get insurance,” Christopher said of a time when he was a freelance reporter. “Is there a chance the president would be willing to delay Obamacare for a year if Republicans would agree to delay heart attacks for a year?”
"Carney replied that the White House believes that the ACA needs to be fully implemented. Christopher noted that he has been able to access the health care exchanges online," Mediaite, the reporter's employer, reports.
The reporter then informs the White House press secretary that he actually just signed up for Obamacare.
"Just what for it's worth, I was able to enroll in the exchange about a week and a half ago," said the reporter.
Then he asked another question:
“I was talking to my mom this morning,” Christopher continued, “and she asked me to ask you to please open the government back up again.”
“She’s really worried about her social security check,” he added. Christopher asked if former Obama advisor Steve Rattner was correct when he warned that October 23 was a “drop-dead date” at which point Social Security recipients may be negatively impacted by a post-default scenario.
UPDATE: Here's the full exchange:
Q Thanks, Jay. I have three questions.
MR. CARNEY: Three?
Q Yes, sorry. It's been a while. First of all, I don't know if you're aware of this, but when I had a heart attack three years ago, I was uninsured and I haven't been able to get insurance ever since then. But listening to all the pressure on the President to negotiate -- a lot of it from inside this room -- made me think, is there a chance the President would be willing to delay Obamacare for a year if Republicans were to agree to delay heart attacks for a year?
MR. CARNEY: Tommy, you know the President's position is that we need to implement the Affordable Care Act. And when it comes to the millions of Americans across the country who have had a very hard time getting access to affordable health insurance, we need to focus on those folks and continue the business of implementing the Affordable Care Act, so that on January 1st, those Americans will be able to purchase this insurance, quality insurance at affordable rates for the first time. Does that answer your question?
Q Just for what it's worth, I was able to enroll in the exchange about a week and a half ago. I haven't picked a plan yet, though.
My second question, I was talking to my mom this morning -- right out here, actually -- and she asked me to ask you to please open the government back up again. And I know you can't just do that. But she is really worried about her Social Security check. And I told her, don't worry, Mom, we'll get it taken care of. I don't want you to worry. But Steve Rattner last night said that October 23rd is one of these drop-dead dates that start to pile up. And so I guess my question is should she be worried?
MR. CARNEY: What I would say about that, which goes to the issue of the debt ceiling, is that the United States government through Congress has made a lot of commitments and has a lot of obligations, and those include the commitments and obligations that the Congress has made and we have made to America's seniors. And we need to never even contemplate the possibility that the timely provision of benefits to those seniors would be jeopardized by a decision by one faction of one party of one house of one branch of government to wage an ideological battle here in Washington.