WASHINGTON — As President Barack Obama was promoting the Affordable Care Act on Monday, a woman standing with him on stage nearly passed out.
Karmel Allison, a Type 1 diabetic from San Diego, was standing almost directly behind the President as he gave his remarks in the Rose Garden. She got wobbly at one point and others standing around her began to help.
The president then paused to turn around, and Allison started to fall backwards. The person behind her broke her fall, while Obama also reached out to support her.
“I got ya,” he said. “You’re OK.”
Turning back to the audience, Obama joked: “This happens when I talk too long.”
An aide came on stage to escort Allison away from the podium.
A few hours later, Allison said she was “feeling much better now.”
“I’m 20 weeks pregnant at this point and I hadn’t had that much to drink that morning because I was worried about possibly needing to go to the bathroom during the speech,” she said in a phone interview on “Newsroom.” “And as the sun hit me, I got a little lightheaded.”
Allison said she was treated by the White House physician. “Now I get to say that ACA got me care by the White House medical professional,” she joked.
Allison, who represented the American Diabetes Association, was at the event because she said she had a positive experience while researching options under Obamacare, according to a White House description.
“It was an honor to be there and I’m rather sorry I fainted in the middle of the speech, but I was really happy to be able to be on stage at that moment,” she said.
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