The first was that the White House and HHS had lied about not being informed about problems with HealthCare.gov well ahead of its launch. The second story was about Jessica Sanford. Sanford, who President Obama touted last month as being the epitome of the Affordable Care Act's success, has lost her insurance because of rate increases due to the Affordable Care Act.
The President proudly spoke about Mrs. Sanford last month, talking abut a letter he had received from her (emphasis mine):
I recently received a letter from a woman named Jessica Sanford in Washington State. And here’s what she wrote: ..."Now, finally, we get to have coverage because of the ACA for $169 per month. I was crying the other day when I signed up. So much stress lifted."
Now, that is not untypical for a lot of folks like Jessica who have been struggling without health insurance. That’s what the Affordable Care Act is all about. The point is, the essence of the law -- the health insurance that’s available to people -- is working just fine. In some cases, actually, it’s exceeding expectations -- the prices are lower than we expected, the choice is greater than we expected.
Sadly, because of the "Affordable" Care Act, Sanford's rates quickly grew out of control. From the $169 per month that she originally bought it for, to $280 for the same plan, then to $390 for a poorer plan because of a "system error."
The government had made an "error" in telling Mrs. Sanford that she would receive help to pay for insurance. "Your household has been determined eligible for a Federal Tax Credit of $0.00 to help cover the cost of your monthly health insurance premium payments," the letter matter-of-factly stated.
Sanford can no longer afford her insurance and has since dropped it.
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