Representative Steve Stockman (R., Texas) has already offered an invitation to next year’s State of the Union address to Chad Henderson, who was thought to be one of the first enrollees in the federal Affordable Care Act exchanges and attracted a great deal of press attention for it, before later admitting he did not actually enroll. Stockman described Henderson as “Obamacare personified.”
“He pushed Obamacare on other people but refused to buy it himself because he would pay more,” Stockman said in a statement. “He’s practically a Democrat member of Congress.”
Henderson, a 21-year-old from Georgia, was celebrated as an example of successful enrollment on the federal exchanges the day the online marketplace went live on October 1; he told a number of media outlets that, as a supporter of the law, he was excited to purchase the plan he got even though it would cost him a substantial amount. Later in the week, Henderson’s father revealed that he was unaware of his son’s enrollment, eventually forcing the younger Henderson to clarify that he did not, in fact, enroll. It was also discovered that Henderson was an Obama for America supporter and volunteer.
Henderson wouldn’t be Stockman’s first guest of interest: For last year’s State of the Union, Stockman invited Ted Nugent.