Obama Campaign Takes Credit for 25 Year Old State Program


At a campaign event the Obama campaign coached an Iowa woman to speak about her trouble finding health care due to a preexisting condition. She did obtain coverage through a 25 year old state program that covers people in her situation. (It was signed into law by a Republican.) But that’s not the way it sounded after she was told what to say.

The DesMoines Register reported:

CeCe Ibson was chosen to share her personal story as an introduction to a Michelle Obama speech in Windsor Heights. Ibson talked about losing her health-insurance coverage when she lost her job as a lawyer two years ago. She bought private coverage for her two children, she said, but could not find it for herself. “No one would insure me because of my pre-existing conditions. No one. Until President Obama stood up for me and millions of Americans like me across Iowa and across the country,” she said to cheers from the crowd of campaign volunteers.


Ibson acknowledged today that her coverage was not provided by the new federal health-reform program. She said she makes that point more clearly when she gives a 15 minute presentation on the issue. She said some of the specifics were trimmed out when she shortened her talk to about three minutes, with the help of campaign staff members.

Overall, she said, the Obama campaign wanted her to speak as a person who has struggled to find coverage. “I never thought they tried to make me the face of someone giving credit to the president for doing something he hadn’t done,” she said. (Read More)

A spokesperson defended the slight of hand by saying Obama has helped people like Ibson. I doubt they mentioned that in Iowa a new program that began after Obamacare passed has only signed up 300 people so far.

Via Fox Nation