Woman Cited by President as ObamaCare Success Story Can’t Afford Insurance

By:  Michael Tennant
11/20/2013
       
Woman Cited by President as ObamaCare Success Story Can’t Afford Insurance

A Washington State woman cited by President Obama as an example of ObamaCare's success now finds that she cannot afford insurance under the law.

“I’m really embarrassed,” Olympia, Washington, resident Jessica Sanford told Washington State Wire. “It has completely turned around on me. I mean, completely.”

The “it” to which Sanford referred is her starring role as an ObamaCare success story, cited by President Barack Obama himself — a role she will no longer be able to play as a result of bureaucratic bungling and the inherent unaffordability of health insurance under the misnamed Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Sanford, 48, has a 14-year-old son with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who “requires a special prescription medication that must be compounded,” according to Washington State Wire’s Erik Smith. Because of this, prior to ObamaCare, health insurance would have cost Sanford at least $500 a month, which she couldn’t afford on her $50,000-a-year income as a freelance court reporter, especially since her son’s “father doesn’t pay child support,” reported Smith.

Sanford was therefore eager to sign up for insurance under the ACA and did so as soon as Washington’s exchange, which had its own share of day-one problems, was functioning properly — or so it seemed. Because of taxpayer subsidies, Sanford was able to obtain a “gold” insurance policy — the second-best, after platinum and ahead of silver and bronze — for just $198 a month, according to CNN. (Initially she enrolled in a $169-a-month plan but then switched to the slightly more expensive one.)

She was so ecstatic over this turn of events that she wrote Obama to thank him for his signature law. With her permission, the president then read from her letter during his October 21 speech:

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 haven’t had 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.

“That,” Obama asserted, “is what the Affordable Care Act is all about.”

Sanford told Smith “it was one of the proudest moments of her life.” But it’s been all downhill ever since.

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