Woman Hailed by President as Obamacare Success Story Now Can’t Afford Obamacare

CNN reports that a woman the president hailed as an Obamacare success story just realized she won’t be able to afford Obamacare because it’s too expensive:

“Jessica Sanford was cited by the president as an Obamacare success
story at a health care event he had here at the White House in the Rose
Garden on October 21,” says a reporter for CNN from the White House.
“That of course being just last month. The 48-year-old single mom from
Washington state purchased what she considered to be affordable health
care, life-changing event, she said, on the Washington state health
exchange. She decided she was so excited about this news, she wanted to
write an e-mail to the president to say that this had really changed her
life and that she was thankful for the Afforable Care Act. The
president included her e-mail in his remarks to people on hand for the
event. Here’s a bit of what the president had to say.”

The CNN report quotes President Obama as saying, “I recently received
a letter from a woman named Jessica Sanford in Washington state. And
here’s what she wrote, I am a single mom, no child support,
self-employed. and I haven’t had insurance for 15 years because it’s too
expensive. I was crying the other day when I signed up, so much stress
lifted.”

“But days, just really three days after she was mentioned by the
president, Jessica Sanford started having problems, she was receiving
letters from the Washington state health exchange,” reports CNN. “The
first letter telling her that tax credit was reduced, therefore,
increasing the cost of her health care plan and the, take a look at
this, then she received a letter just last week telling her that her tax
credit had been taken away all together. Show you another document
here, showing what the tax credit worked out to be… zero dollars
according to this document that was provided to us by Jessica Sanford.
She describes all of this as a roller coaster ride. Now she says she
can’t afford insurance in Washington state because of the new
developments.”

Sanford tells CNN that she’s embarrassed. “It was a huge
disappointment, especially since I had, you know, my story had been
shared by the president. I felt like, you know, I just felt really
embarrassed that, you know, he quoted my story and then come to find
that the Washington health plan finder, the website here in our state,
had grossly miscalculated or they’re having a problem figuring their tax
credits. and so at least for right now, I don’t — I’m not going to be
getting insurance,” she says.

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SOURCE: Weekly Standard

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