While much of the nation was in a record cold spell with multitudes of school closings, the Obama administration is taking full advantage of the situation by encouraging people snowed in to sign up for Obamacare.
The Health and Human Services Department posted an announcement on its website Friday evening that the record cold is a perfect time to sign up for Obamacare.
“SHARE THIS: A snow day is the perfect day to #GetCovered,” HHS said on Facebook.
The announcement is in keeping with former administration official and Chicago mayor Rahm Emmanuel who said “you never want a serious crisis to go to waste.”
The move to take advantage of the weather is similar to other steps the administration has taken over the holidays. A week before Christmas, first lady Michelle Obama suggested that moms and grandmothers “make it a Christmas treat around the table to talk about a little health care” and to “ring in the new year” with new coverage.
The cold has resulted in over 1,000 airline cancellations in the Midwest and numerous schools are closed across the country including Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Ohio. Even Florida has experienced lower than normal temperatures.
Homeowners desiring to use the cold weather to their advantage may want to use this winter to plan ahead for the summer months. Rather than wait for the hot days of summer, this would be an ideal time for people to have their air conditioning units serviced.
During winter months there is less demand for air conditioning technicians than during peak times during the summer when everyone fires up the units for the first time since last year. Customers shopping around may be surprised to find they can get a great deal during the winter months.
Additionally, if it turns out your air conditioning unit needs minor or major repairs, discovering it now will allow you to have it done on your schedule and budget rather than waiting until the summer heat forces you to make the repairs at a time you may not expect.
The president’s former stomping grounds of Chicago broke records with -16 below zero recorded at O’Hare airport. The cold broke existing low temperatures set on 1894 and 1988. The wind chill effectively had a temperature in the windy city in the -40 to -50 range. Chicago’s temperature made the city colder than Antarctica where the temperature was only 11 below zero.
The cold temperatures are so severe it has resulted in the average temperature across the entire nation being 14.8 degrees.