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ObamaCare truly for the dogs: How a Colorado man's pet was enrolled in the Affordable Care Act

How did a Colorado man's dog get successfully enrolled in ObamaCare?


This is a rush transcript from "On the Record," November 22, 2013. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: OK, now the story we've all been waiting for. Admit it. I've been waiting for it. A dog gets ObamaCare. You heard right, the Colorado Health Care Exchange opening an account for the Yorkie. Shane Smith and his dog are here to tell us. What a great dog you have there, Shane.


VAN SUSTEREN: So how did Baxter get health care when the rest of the nation seems to be having a little problem getting it?

SMITH: I don't know. Things just come easy for Baxter. I guess they asked for a bunch of passwords and somehow he ended up getting the mail. His name was on the --

VAN SUSTEREN: So you tried to get it for yourself, right?

SMITH: Yes, absolutely.

VAN SUSTEREN: And so did you use Baxter as your password?

SMITH: I called them on the phone and was talking to them that way and they ended up sending.

VAN SUSTEREN: And what did the letter say?

SMITH: It said that he was qualified for the ObamaCare. That he had -- he was in the groove there for it.

VAN SUSTEREN: Is he eligible for a subsidy? I take it Baxter -- I suspect Baxter isn't working?

SMITH: No, he's not working, but he does have a $5 co-pay now.

VAN SUSTEREN: And in the ObamaCare menu, is veterinary medicine, is that one of the options or not? Does he have to do out-of-pocket for that one?

SMITH: No, he's going to have to do out-of-pocket and he's 14 so it's going to be out of diaper.

VAN SUSTEREN: Is he a good dog?

SMITH: He's a great dog.

VAN SUSTEREN: He looks very sweet, very kind. What's your view of ObamaCare now that the government has been no magnanimous to extend it to your dog?

SMITH: I feel it's rather ridiculous. When I got the letter I started laughing and never thought my dog would be the new face of ObamaCare and he is an American.

VAN SUSTEREN: What happened to your health care?

SMITH: They dropped it. To be dropped whenever the new ObamaCare goes into effect then I'm supposed to pick that one up. But since it's under Baxter's name, I'm not sure whether I really have it or not. They corrected the mistake at least I think.

VAN SUSTEREN: Good luck, Shane, and thanks for being with us.

SMITH: Thank you.