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Only 3 Obama Props Are Enrolled In Obama-Care

From Byron York at the Washington Examiner:

At the White House: Obamacare success stories that aren’t

By BYRON YORK | OCTOBER 21, 2013

President Obama invited a number of people to stand behind him as he delivered his speech on the state of Obamacare at the White House Monday morning. One of them, Janice Baker, a small business owner from Delaware, introduced the president, and Obama spoke of Baker and the others gathered there as people who have benefited from Obamacare. But after reading the White House-provided descriptions of each of those behind the president, it’s clear the administration was stretching to present people who, beyond supporting Obamacare, have actually gained from it in any tangible way.

For example, a Pennsylvania man named Malik Hassan was in the group, and this is the White House description of his situation, in full: "Malik Hassan works at a restaurant in Philadelphia. Hassan, who does not receive coverage through his employer, is looking forward to enrolling for health coverage this fall. He recently used Healthcare.gov. to process his application and is waiting for the options for potential plans in Philadelphia."

So, Hassan is employed, not covered, and has not yet succeeded in finding coverage through Obamacare. That is, in the White House’s estimation, an Obamacare success story.

Mr. Hassan is listed as a "Prospective ACA Beneficiary."

Then there is Nathaniel Hojnacki, who recently finished his schooling. Here is the White House description of his situation, again in full: "Nathaniel Hojnacki recently received his Master’s degree at Johns Hopkins University SAIS and is in an employment situation without benefits. Hojnacki recognizes the importance of coverage and is planning to enroll after he explores his coverage options on the DC exchange."

So, Hojnacki has a job, does not have coverage, and is planning to explore finding coverage through Obamacare. Another success story.

Mr. Hojnacki is listed as a "Prospective ACA Beneficiary."

Then there is LaJuanna Russell, of Virginia. Here is the White House description of her situation, in its entirety: "LaJuanna Russell is the owner of Business Management Associates, a consulting company in Alexandria, Virginia. Russell says she is proud to offer her employees health insurance but that it can be difficult for a small business. Russell believes that the ACA provides stability for her and her employees and is exploring what new coverage options will be available to her company under the exchanges."

So, Russell owns a business, has employees, and believes Obamacare might help her in the future. Another success story.

Ms. Russell is listed as a "Prospective ACA Beneficiary."

Then there is another small business owner, Zohre Abolfazli of Tennessee. Here is the White House description of her situation, in its entirety:

"Zohre Abolfazli has owned a small business outside of Nashville, Tennessee for almost twenty-five years. Even though she has been able to maintain her health insurance over the years, it has been a challenge to find affordable, comprehensive health insurance in the individual market place. Last night, Abolfazli was able to register through HealthCare.gov and now plans to comparison shop for the best plan that meets her budget and needs."

So, Abolfazli has managed to get onto the Obamacare website, register, and now plans to shop for coverage. Another success story.

Ms. Abolfazli is listed as a "Prospective ACA Beneficiary."

Those are four of the 13 descriptions handed out by the White House. For the rest, see below. There are some who have been helped more than others, but clearly there are some who have been helped not at all, at least so far.

In the days since the problems with the Obamacare website became too large to ignore, defenders of the administration cited the many people they said have already benefited from the new exchanges, as well as from the law as a whole. Presumably, the White House had many success stories to choose from in deciding who would stand behind the president at Monday’s event. But some of the successes they chose don’t seem to be successes at all…

In fact, according to the White House’s own descriptions, only three of the people props behind Obama had actually enrolled in Obama-Care:

Janice Baker (Introducer), New ACA Registrant
David Hall, New ACA Registrant
Zohre Abolfazli, New ACA Registrant

Still, it was pretty amazing that they could scrape up 3 who were able to sign up and get enrolled.

The rest of the 13 (including those mentioned above) were listed as "ACA Beneficiary" (2) or "Prospective ACA Beneficiary" (3) or as a business owner or employee (4), and one who was both a small business owner and a "ACA Beneficiary" (1). The three who listed as "ACA Beneficiaries" are all ‘kids’ who have gotten to stay on their parents’ plans.

In fact, even these pickings were so slim the White House was forced to dragoon a woman who was in no condition to be traveling for a photo op.

From Real Clear Politics:

Woman Nearly Faints Behind Obama As He Talks About Obamacare

October 21, 2013

President Obama’s speech Monday morning was briefly interrupted when a young woman standing behind him appeared to come close to fainting. The president turned around to make sure she was alright, saying, "I got you, you’re ok," before she was helped away by others nearby.

The woman, identified as Karmel Allison, suffers from Type 1 diabetes. She also announced on her blog last week that she is pregnant.

"This is what happens when I talk too long," Obama joked before wrapping up his speech.

Big joke. In reality, she might have just seen what her premiums were.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Only 3 Obama Props Are Enrolled In Obama-Care”

  1. Why doesn’t the WH just use cardboard cutouts of Obamaites? At least they could stand for hours without falling over while nerobama boost his narcissistic ego.

    I have another question. How did the WH get the names of these future welfare recipients? Did they use the information from the website? Wouldn’t that be illegal? Some of these people had only ‘applied’ the day before. How would anyone in the WH know that?

  2. Another thing I’m noticing this morning is the media are doing all these fluff stories about how much the narcissist-in-chief cares because he ‘steadied’ a nearly fainting woman, but not a word of why she was about to faint. As Steve pointed out, this woman shouldn’t have been traveling to start with, but the draw in this culture of instant fame and rubbing elbows with the famous is a ‘drug’ that many addicts can’t resist.

    The low info voter will never see the story about why Nerobama was making the speech to cover the failings of his policies, just that he ‘cares’ about this mother to be who was willing to risk her health by traveling and not drinking enough water just so she could be seen on TV with president Ears. I can’t find anywhere whether or not this women is married, which tells me she isn’t. So, she is to be revered as a hero for willing to sacrifice her child at the alter of Obama. How appropriate.

  3. “Hey, Mom! I’ve been asked to be a useless cardboard cutout for Obama! Hooo-hoo!”

    “That’s nice, dear. Wipe your chin ..”

  4. Astravogel

    I don’t know who started this scenario of a crowd of supposed
    supporters appearing behind a President/Other Politician, but
    they should be forced to do so themselves. I know for a fact that
    the troops so shanghied would rather be somewhere else.

  5. captstubby

    ” saying, “I got you, you’re ok,”

    voice from behind a camera,
    “Ready when you are, C.B.! “.




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