Karmel Allison: Obama Fainting Woman Tweets World She's OK (Video)

Image: Karmel Allison: Obama Fainting Woman Tweets World She's OK (Video) President Obama reaches to help Karmel Allison, who began losing her balance while he was speaking.

Tuesday, 22 Oct 2013 01:03 PM

By Alexandra Ward

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Karmel Allison, the pregnant woman who fainted behind President Barack Obama as he spoke about the Affordable Care Act Monday, says she's fine after the incident in the White House Rose Garden.

Allison, of San Diego, stood behind the president with 12 other Obamacare proponents during the speech, but appeared to get woozy and almost fall over at one point.

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Obama reached over to steady her saying, "I got ya. You're okay."

"This happens when I talk too long," the president joked afterwards.


BusinessInsider.com reported that Allison was at the speech because she is a potential beneficiary of the Affordable Care Act, but hasn’t yet decided if she will switch insurance plans.

A Type 1 diabetic, Allison has been on the same plan — from Kaiser Permanente — for about two decades because she feared no other insurers would cover her disease, often considered a pre-existing condition.

The Affordable Care Act makes it illegal for an insurance company to discriminate against a prospective buyer with a pre-existing condition.

During his remarks, Obama apologized for the glitches associated with the rollout of HealthCare.gov, the website where consumers can sign up for Obamacare.

"The point is the essence of the law, the health insurance that's available to people, is working just fine. In some cases, actually, it's exceeding expectations. The prices are lower than we expected. The choice is greater than we expected," he said.

"But the problem has been that the website that's supposed to make it easy to apply for and purchase the insurance is not working the way it should for everybody... Precisely because the product is good, I want the cash registers to work, I want the checkout lines to be smooth, so I want people to be able to get this great product. And there's no excuse for the problems. And these problems are getting fixed."




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