DENVER -- As the deadline to sign up for health insurance in time for the new year approached for people in Colorado and the rest of the nation, President Barack Obama signed up for an insurance plan through the law that bears his name, the White House said Monday.
It's an important statement, although the coverage is symbolic.
A White House official told CNN that Obama was enrolled over weekend through an online insurance exchange created by the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.
The move was meant to show the President's support for the marketplaces where consumers can shop for health insurance.
The deadline for signing up for Obamacare has been effectively extended by another day, the Obama administration said Monday.
The deadline had been Monday, Dec. 23 for people who want coverage by Jan. 1. People can now sign up through Tuesday, Dec. 24.
The administration said the change was made for people who attempted to sign-up on Monday but encountered Web site delays. The administration reported record-high traffic to healthcare.gov on Monday.
Obama is among the 85 percent of Americans who receive insurance coverage through his employer, the official said.
Like his predecessors, Obama receives all of his health care from the military with a much-publicized annual physical at medical facility in Maryland.
"The act of the President signing up for insurance coverage through the D.C. exchange is symbolic since the President's health care will continue to be provided by the military," the official said.
Obama selected a "Bronze" plan and will pay a premium.
Obama did not sign up himself. His staff did so due to the "complicated nature" of handling personal information about the President, a White House official said.
The politically charged health law requires members of Congress and their staffs to either sign up for Obamacare or find another alternative.
CNN contributed to this reportAlertMe