While speaking on the cyber issues plaguing Healthcare.gov at the White House earlier this afternoon, President Barack Obama paused in the middle of his remarks to catch a pregnant woman who was close to passing out, reports Slate.com.
“This happens when I talk too long,” Obama joked from the Rose Garden as people applauded.
Karmel Allison was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was 9-years-old. She was in attendance at the White House because she is a potential beneficiary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).
On October 7, Allison wrote a blog entitled, “What Obamacare Feels Like To A Diabetic.” The blog made its way from the American Diabetic Association to the White House and she was invited to the event.
on October 1st, I went to my state’s ACA exchange, CoveredCA. I was mostly curious, and wanted to see what the plans and rates would be; even if I want to change my healthcare, I intend to give this whole Obamacare thing a few months to make sure Congress doesn’t knife it in the back right after I make a switch.
But, noncommittal as I was, I was floored by what I saw. I filled out the simple questionnaire on the website to see my options. They asked me about my age, my income, my family size. And that was it. No medical history. No “Do you have diabetes?” No “Are you more likely than average to get kidney disease and retinal disease and neuropathy?” No “Do you cost a fortune because of all the medication you need?” No “Have you already had cataract surgery because of this stupid disease?” Age, income, family size, and then I was presented with options. The same options my healthy-young-male husband sees. The same options every late-twenty-something sees.
It’s an amazing feeling. After almost two decades of feeling tied to a single option– an option I like and am extremely grateful for, but still a single option — I felt liberated. Even now, I get chills just thinking about that feeling of, “Hey, you’re just one of us now.” It’s incredible. It’s profoundly American, to feel like I have choices and the freedom to move.
She had no idea that her words would lead to the surreal experience of being — briefly — in President Obama’s arms:
“I was being caught by the President of the United States,” she said in a phone interview with Business Insider Monday afternoon.