Woman Obama cited as evidence Obamacare is working is victim of website screw-up
The irony is just too delicious. Remember when President Obama rounded up some of the few people who were able to sign up for Obamacare, and one of them fainted? He also cited a letter he got from a Washington State woman, Jessica Sanford. Libertyfirstnews summarizes:
Obama related Sanford's story in remarks from the Rose Garden last Oct. 21: "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 health insurance for 15 years because it is too expensive. My son has ADHD and requires regular doctor visits, and his meds alone cost $250 a month. I have had an ongoing tendinitis problem due to my line of work that I have to have treated. Now, finally, we get to have coverage because of the ACA for $169 a month. I was crying the other day when I signed up. So much stress lifted.'
The president went on: "Now, that is not untypical for a lot of folks like Jessica who have been struggling without health insurance. That is what the Affordable Care Act is all about."
Sanford's story might be typical, all right - but not in the way anyone thought, not anyone at the White House, and certainly not Sanford herself.
You see, Sanford was another victim of a faulty website, in this case, the Washington State exchange website, previously cited as a success story:
Chalk it up to a bollixed-up state website that apparently still has major problems. Originally it said Sanford and her child would get a whopping tax credit that would reduce their total premium to $169 a month. Now the state is telling her it goofed - twice - and she has to pay full ticket. There may even be a third goof involved: At least one health-insurance broker says she may qualify for a tax credit after all, albeit a small one. Officials at the state Healthplanfinder website could not be contacted Sunday night. But it just goes to show that even in the state of Washington, which has earned national kudos for a health-insurance exchange that seems to function better than the dysfunctional federal website, there are big, big problems.
"They have to own up to what is going on," Sanford says. "They have to fix it. They can't just go around and say this is working great. In my opinion they ought to shut it down and just get all of it straightened out."
Or maybe just repeal Obamacare.
Hat tip: Clarice Feldman