RUSH: Jessica Sanford, cited by the president as an Obamacare success story at a health care event that he held at the White House and the Rose Garden on October 21st. This was a CNN report. The upshot of this is that CNN does this story on this Obamacare success story, that Obama cited, and the woman cannot afford it as it turns out. Sit tight.
“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 Obama saying, “I recently received a letter from a woman named Jessica Sanford in Washington state, and hereÂ’s what she wrote. ‘I am a single mom, no child support, self-employed, and I havenÂ’t had health insurance for 15 years because it is 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. The first letter telling her that tax credit was reduced, therefore, increasing the cost of her health care plan. And 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.” This is the CNN report. “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 canÂ’t afford insurance in Washington state because of the new developments.” She told CNN that she was embarrassed. So let’s go to the audio sound bites. Up first, Obama himself, October 21st, in Washington at the Rose Garden.
OBAMA: 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.”
RUSH: See, this is the perfect example of the flawless, perfect citizen in the world of the left. A single mom betrayed by a predator husband who left her with nothing. Her bosses are mean and she’s never gotten a raise and she can barely afford Bazooka bubble gum, and Obama and the government ride to the rescue. Yesterday on CNN, Washington state single mom Jessica Sanford spoke about being told she didn’t qualify for a subsidy and how that affects her financially.
SANFORD: It was like riding a big roller coaster. They have my credit card, they have the payment date, and then, you know, once again I’m knocked down, and this time it’s to zero, and at my rate of pay with my family size, I just don’t understand why I wouldn’t get at least a little help with a tax credit. It was a huge disappointment, and 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 had quoted my story, at least for right now, I don’t — I’m not gonna be getting insurance.
RUSH: She didn’t qualify for a subsidy or a tax credit. And now she’s unhappier than she was before she began the process and embarrassed because the president told something not true.
RUSH: By the way, folks, we should point out that Jessica Sanford is still a big supporter of Obama and still a big supporter of Obamacare, even though she got the shaft. In fact, she posted the following on her Facebook page five days ago, November 15th. She said, “Wow. You guys really screwed me over. First it was the error that gave me too much tax credit. You said youÂ’d call me and the 7,999 other people, but I still havenÂ’t heard from you.
“I got over that and did find a plan that was halfway reasonable with a smaller tax credit and that I was determined to work into my already tight budget. Then you send me another letter telling me I don’t get any tax credit at all. Now I have been priced out and will not be able to afford the plans you offer. But, I get to pay $95 and up for not having health insurance. I am so incredibly disappointed and saddened. You majorly screwed up.” By the way, she’s not gonna pay $95, because her income is $50,000 a year.
So her Obamacare penalty’s gonna be $500. She doesn’t know that yet. She thinks her penalty is gonna be $95. Next year, her penalty will be a $1,000. But even though she says that she was screwed over, she still believes in Obamacare and Obama. Her son has ADHD. What’s that? Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, right? That’s what that is. She still has to pay her son’s health insurance. Where’s the social justice on that?
She thought it was gonna be free. When she thought it was going to be free, she signed up for the gold plan. That’s what happened to her. She thought it was gonna be free, so she went to the top and found out she didn’t qualify for that. Now she thinks that she got screwed over, but not by Obama. But rather by the people that she was dealing with.