Speaker at first lady’s rally is insured by state program
She says she didn’t mean to credit the federal reform plan.
Des Moines Register
A Des Moines woman who publicly thanked President Barack Obama on Tuesday for helping her obtain health insurance actually is receiving her coverage through a long-standing state program.
CeCe Ibson was asked to share her story as an introduction to a Michelle Obama speech Tuesday in Windsor Heights. She talked about losing her health insurance 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.
In fact, Ibson’s current coverage is provided by HIP Iowa, a state program for people whose health problems make them ineligible for most commercial insurance. HIP Iowa was created in 1987, during Republican Terry Branstad’s first stint as governor. Most of the program’s subsidies come from fees paid by commercial insurers…
…She said some of the specifics were trimmed out when she and campaign staff members shortened her standard presentation to about three minutes…
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H/T Weasel Zippers
CAJ note: “…when she lost her job as a lawyer…” Really? If lawyers can’t find work, then the economy must suck more than a black hole in space, wouldn’t you say? Note, too, that it’s evil corporations and businesses who are paying for HIP Iowa.