As Karmel Allison stood behind Pres. Barack Obama during his long awaited speech about the problems facing the Affordable Care Act’s Healthcare.gov site Monday, she got lightheaded and began to faint. Luckily though, Pres. Obama was able to catch her and hold her up until someone came to take her off stage.
“I got ya,” Obama said to Allison as he held her up. “You’re okay. This happens when I talk too long.”
Allison, who is pregnant, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was 9 years old. According to a statement released by the White House, she attended the President’s speech because she was elated to find that she would be able to find coverage for both herself and her new baby under Obamacare, despite her pre-existing condition.
“Allison recently began researching her options on CoveredCA (California’s Obamacare exchange) and has publically described her experience as finally feeling equal to others, including her young and healthy husband, when it comes to access to coverage,” the statement said.
Of course, standing under the glaring lights of the cameras on a warm Washington, D.C. afternoon is not the ideal situation for a pregnant diabetic. But Allison assured the public that she was okay and thanked the president for coming to her aid via Twitter.
"I'm ok world- just got a little lightheaded," she tweeted. "Thanks, @BarackObama for catching me!"
Obama addressed the American public from the White House Rose Garden Monday, saying that his administration is doing everything possible to address the computer problems that continue to hamper the rollout of the Affordable Care Act’s health care exchanges. The online registration site, HealthCare.gov, has experienced glitches, lengthy delays, and crashes in the system since enrollment opened on Oct. 1. All uninsured Americans are expected to either register for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act or face a penalty by March 31, 2014.
The President said that, while he is as frustrated as any American about the glitches, people can still call in to call centers to register or go in person to register at appointed sites in their communities. He insists that the computer problems should not stop people from getting the coverage they deserve.
"The essence of the law, the health insurance that's available to people, is working just fine," he said.